Brave New Girl
Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.
Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him she realizes she’s flawed, too.
But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different? But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be destroyed, ONE BY ONE BY ONE. . . .
What worked: I read this story within two hours. Engaging with an unique twist on the whole 'cloning' premise.
Dahlia might be one of five thousand identical clones, but she knew from the start that somehow she wasn't really the same. She questions, feels pride in her accomplishments even when her leaders tell her this is wrong, and feels emotions for a boy that leads her to break rules in order to meet with him again. One huge thing that I loved about Dahlia is her concerns for her other 'friends/sisters' that share the same genome and their fate once she's ruled flawed. The administrator in her city destroys not just the one flawed clone, but all of them. Her fear shows the humanity in what could be the otherwise stereotypical clone who's sole purpose is working as a collective whole. Dahlia is more human than her captors.
Trigger's revelations show that Lakeview hides a more sinister purpose. Secrets are slowing revealed with a wowza cliffhanging conclusion that I didn't see coming!
Fast-paced suspenseful dystopian tale where a city hides a sinister motive and a heroine who will stop at nothing in order to find the truth.