Title: Your One & Only
Author: Adrianne Finlay
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay is a young adult science fiction fantasy read that has a side of romance to it. The story is told by alternating the point of view between the two main characters in the book Althea-310, a clone, and Jack, a human created by the clones.
The story is set in a city known as Vispera that has been the home to a group of clones for 300 years since the end of human life due to a plague. Before the humans died out they perfected the ability to produce clones in hopes that some small part of them would live on.
The clones have existed for the past 300 years by creating a new generation of themselves every ten years. Each generation consists of 9 different types of clones with ten of each type. Their names come from those that created them with a number denoting their generation and number of that model, for example Althea-310 comes from the 31st generation and is 0 out of her 10 sisters.
Jack was created by the clones in an attempt to bring back human life but he doesn’t fit into the world that they inhabit. A set of clones have raised him to be as human as possible but this makes him an outsider to the clones of his age but unlike the other clones Althea-310 finds herself curious about the human boy.
Your One & Only was a story that started off with a slow build as the author set the tone of the world in which the story takes place. The further I read into the book though the more I fell in love with her world building and creativity with this book. This one certainly seemed like an unique idea to have this world of clones existing for so long and how a human would fit in with their customs and traditions.
The further you get in this story the deeper it takes you becoming one that is full of action as the plot progresses. I was a tad concerned in the beginning that it might be a little confusing with the characters sharing such similar names but it was easy to understand as you get to know the few main clones that are featured in the story it was no different memorizing the number after the name than remembering completely different names for characters.
By the time I was finished with this one I actually kind of hoped that the author might consider continuing the story on as a series to see what happens next in this futuristic society. When finished I’d rate this book at 4.5 stars but I would also warn future readers that this one should be for the older teens as there are sexual situations incorporated into the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Adrianne Finlay received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She is an associate professor of English and the Program Director of Creative Writing at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. When she’s not writing, reading, or grading, she’s making soap to sell locally, raising money for type 1 diabetes research.