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Waiting on Wednesday (78) — Beta by Rachel Cohn

Posted by on March 14, 2012
“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?


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29 comments

  1. 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

    P.S. New follower; love your blog! It's so cute. :D

  2. 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!

  3. 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*

  4. 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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  5. 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 ;)

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