Waiting on Wednesday (78) — Beta by Rachel Cohn

“Waiting On” Wednesday spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about (created by Jill at Breaking The Spine.)

Beta (Beta, #1)

In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.

Elysia is a clone, created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created.

Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air there induces a strange, euphoric high that only the island’s workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.

At first, Elysia’s new life on this island paradise is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents, the most privileged people in the world who should want for nothing, yearn. And, she comes to realize that beneath its flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent amongst Demesne’s worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care—so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia’s mind?

If anyone discovers that Elysia isn’t the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When Elysia’s one chance at happiness is ripped away from her with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she’s always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

BETA will be released on October 16th, 2012 by Hyperion.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    ashelynn hetland

    March 14, 2012

    that is a creepy cover. Seriously creepy. O___o I'm excited for this book, but it's scary! *hides from cover*

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    March 14, 2012

    This book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it and that cover is stunning! Thanks for sharing :)

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    March 14, 2012

    This seems like it would be an interesting read. The cover draws you in as well. Thanks for sharing!
    Shellie @ Creative Reads

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    March 14, 2012

    I can't believe I haven't heard about this one before, it looks amazing!:)

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    March 14, 2012

    I love the cover for this book! It's awesome and it sounds like a great read :) I've added it to my wishlist! My WoW

    Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

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    March 14, 2012

    Love the “creep factor” the cover has. I added it to my wishlist as well.


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    March 14, 2012

    Sooo awesome – that's my WoW pick today as well. :) Can't wait to read it!

    Fictional Distraction

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    March 14, 2012

    What a chilling but beautiful cover! I've never heard of the book before, but it sure sounds awesome. *sigh* I just fall for almost every sci-fi book I see. -__-

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    Meg @ The Book Galaxy

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    March 14, 2012

    Haven't heard of that one! Cover is awesome though!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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    Simply Kayla

    March 14, 2012

    This sounds so good! I haven't heard of this one, but I love the cover!!!

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    March 14, 2012

    Clones, who knows one day we'll be there where that will be the norm. Looks like an interesting read. here's my WoW

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    Alyssa Kirk

    March 14, 2012

    How do they make her look so perfect yet creepy?!

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    Laura @thereadingnook

    March 14, 2012

    wow def. a creepy cover, but sounds super unique haven't read anything about clones before!! thanks for sharing!!

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    March 14, 2012

    The cover is stunning! I don't find it creepy at all! It looks all sci-fi too and sci-fi is usually not my genre, but definitely giving this book a chance! Thanks for sharing!

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    March 14, 2012

    What a gorgeous cover! This is the first time I am hearing about this book but after reading the synopsis and seeing that cover, I cant wait! Thanks for sharing Hafsah!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

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    Julia :)

    March 14, 2012

    I've never heard of this one before but it sounds AMAZING! Plus the cover is gorgeous. The whole clone idea is really intriguing. :)

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

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    March 14, 2012

    This definitely sounds like one to put on the TBR list. Love it. Thanks for stopping by.

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    March 14, 2012

    I saw this on a blog last week, and I am totally excited for it. It sounds really good. Great pick!
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    Leah Rae Miller

    March 14, 2012

    Ooooo, look at the pretty! Plus, I love Rachel Cohn! Am I completely wrong in saying this seems like a new genre for her? Has she done other fantasy/paranormal stuff? *runs off to Goodreads*

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    Laura @ My Enchanted Bookshelf

    March 14, 2012

    Oh yeah I just saw this on another blog and kinda sorta really want to read it! Old follower; feel free to stop by My WoW

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    March 14, 2012

    Ooh, this looks intriguing!! I think I might just have to put this on my to-read!

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    March 14, 2012

    This is the first time i'm seeing this and it sounds great! The cover is beautiful, I will definitely want to read this.
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    March 14, 2012

    yeaa seeing this1 a lot 2day ^^
    love the purples

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    March 14, 2012

    This sounds really good! Just added it to my TBR list!

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    March 14, 2012

    great pick

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    Sara Kovach

    March 14, 2012

    Beautiful cover – creepy eyes. A book about clones – also creepy. I have just added this to my list.

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    March 15, 2012

    I'm a bit freaked out right now! In a completely good, OMG I want to read that book with the creepy cover and story!

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    March 18, 2012

    This sounds amazing I'm so glad I found out about it, I just added it to my TBR pile :). I love your blog by the way, I was already a follower from ages ago. Plus I think you're really talented with blog designing :D, thanks for stopping by and sorry about the late reply ^_^.

    P.s. I'm glad you found my blog name funny ;)