Currently Reading│Book Beginning : Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

Currently Reading #37

Name: Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)
Heather Hildenbrand
Number of Pages:
272 pages in eBook
July 29th 2014
by Alloy Powered by Amazon
Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance


Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me. Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now. When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?


I’ve planned to read this early next year, but then I was approved for an ARC for the second book on the series so I have to moved this ahead of schedule. Who read the second book before the first one huh? Lol. I’m reading this alongside A Thousand Pieces of You because the second book on this series will be released on the 30th of December. I really think I need to post the review before that right? 😀 This book caught me by the cover and the blurb. I can’t help thinking about this movie when I’ve read the blurb. Sounds very similar. Do tell. 😉

*THE ISLAND (2005 Film)
In 2019 a mercenary (Djimon Hounsou) pursues two clones (Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson) who escaped from a research facility after learning their true fate.
The film’s plot revolves around the struggle of Ewan McGregor’s character to fit into the highly structured world he lives in, isolated in a compound, and the series of events that unfold when he questions how truthful that world really is. After he learns that the compound inhabitants are clones who are used for organ harvesting and surrogate motherhood for wealthy people in the outside world, he escapes.

What do you think? Sounds similar with a twist right? Hehe! Anyway, here’s a five star, three star and one star review respectively. Got them from book lovers on Goodreads.

Wow. Totally caught me by surprise. I was so into this story I didn’t realize it was about to end. Can’t wait for the next one. Ven is an imitation, a clone. Designed to stand in for her authentic when she’s needed. She was created to serve. Once on the outside everything she’s been told to believe is quickly turned upside down.
Jamie of Confessions of a Book Whore

I understood the general concept of the dystopian world and thoroughly enjoyed learning about Imitations (cloning is new to me). The world itself wasn’t expanded on, but the description of Twig City was clear. My attention was held. The pace was almost the same from start to end – it never picked up, but it was never slow. There were twists and revelations. Imitation ends in a way that most first books do. Not wrapped up, but cut off at a suitable spot in the storyline.
Lulu of The Bookworm is Here

Unfortunately, the story just didn’t work for me. The concept of the story is great but I just couldn’t connect with the characters or story. There was just a lot that I didn’t get on board with and in the end it sort of ruined the story for me. I was expecting something a little more futuristic and sci-fi and instead it’s just a YA romance.
Kristin of Book Sniffers Anonymous

After reading reviews about it, my curiosity intensifies. Plus I really need to check if it’s something like The Island too. Really hoping I could finish this as soon as possible and post a review along with A Thousand Pieces of You. Anyway, for now happy reading to me. Book review to follow.


Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader, where we share the first sentence (or so) of the books we are reading, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Here’s the book’s beginning:

“Everyone is exactly like me.
There is no one like me.
I wrestle with these contradicting truths most nights while others sleep.
Tonight is worse because Marla has left me a note to see in the morning.
No one sees Marla and comes back.”

It seems seeing Marla is not a good thing. I’m scared for her, considering the blurb. She might be led to an operating table, lungs or liver taken and toss in the garbage bin. Morbid, I know, but that’s the first thing that I’ve thought of when I first read the beginning.

What do you think of the book’s beginning? You could share book beginnings on your current read too. Comment the link of your own Book Beginnings on Fridays so I can check it out and have an idea of amazing books that I would want to read. Come on! Join us! 😀


22 thoughts on “Currently Reading│Book Beginning : Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

  1. Ooh this definitely sounds intriguing! I absolutely love ‘The Island’, largely because of Ewan McGregor, but also cause it’s a very good story. I am now sort of wanting to read ‘Imitation’ actually. Also, I saw you’re reading ‘Unhinged’ by A.G. Howard!! I just read and reviewed ‘Splintered’ and can’t wait to start the next one 😀 Thanks for sharing 🙂 have a good weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. This sounds pretty good. Sounds kind of similar to Lissa Price’s STARTERS series, which I liked, but didn’t *love*, because the pacing was kind of slow and the characters weren’t ..hmm..I just didn’t fall in love with them. Anyway, I LOVE The Island, it is one of my favorite movies!! So I might read this book just because of that comparison 😀

    • Honestly, I’ve only read a couple of pages since I can’t squeeze my reading time with my current schedule. I hope I’ll enjoy it. Have a great week babe ♥

  3. Hi Nyze,

    Whilst neither of your books are probably for me (nothing wrong with them, simply not one of my favourite genres), I particularly like the sound of ‘Imitation’. The cover is simple, yet alluring, the first lines intriguing and the synopsis as a whole really drew me in. Having a clone who would stand in for me whilst I was still alive, to help me out of an awkward situation, would be an amazing idea – I wonder if there is a chance it could ever really happen in the future?

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,


    • If its going to possible, I hope it won’t happen to me. The idea of having a clone scares me. What if she kills me then replace me? Scary right? Lol!

      Thanks for dropping by babe. Have a great week ♥

  4. You always read the most interesting books! This another one that instantly draws me in and makes me want to read more! Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

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