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Good Beta By Rachel Cohn am Kindle Rachel grew up in the D C area and graduated from Barnard College with

Good Beta By Rachel Cohn am Kindle Rachel grew up in the D.C area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A in Political Science She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan She lives and writes when she s not reading other people s books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino in New York City.. Elysia is 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 a teenage clone She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist Elysia s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people oElysia is 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 a teenage clone She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist 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 induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island s workers soulless clones like Elysia are immune to At first, Elysia s life is idyllic and pampered But she soon sees that Demesne s human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn But for what, exactly She also comes to realize that beneath the island s flawless exterior, there is an under current of discontent among Demesne s worker clones She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care so why are overpowering sensations cloud ing 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 her one chance at happi ness is ripped away 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 The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best selling author Rachel Cohn, Beta is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor rupted world.. The best Book Beta I won’t mince words and as a result I am going to spoil this book a little. If you are afraid of spoilers, please don’t read on. Fair warning.When a book uses rape as a plot point, especially when the character was initially a supporting and caring brother-like figure, I get pissed off. When this is compounded with the rape victim getting pregnant and those around her not allowing her to get an abortion because her child is too special, then that just makes me rage. BETA has this and more, which made me struggle with giving this one even two stars. It gets bonus points for one reason – it is compulsively readable and fast paced. But other than that, this book deserved one star for a number of reasons, and it’s why BETA will probably go down in infamy as my most disappointing read of 2012.BETA follows a soulless clone, a girl named Elysia that comes off strongly as a stereotypical robot – a slave, unfeeling, uncaring, focused solely on her duty. When a soulless clone is narrating a first person present tense story, though, you are running into a big issue. Elysia oftentimes felt very, very flat, as if she was the victim of a 6 year old’s fanfiction. “I did this and this and went here and saw him and this and this.” If this story had been told instead in a third person past tense, it might have been more successful, even if at times this personality-less visage disappeared – it was inconsistent at best.Elysia’s love interests are pretty much stock characters, and each fall victim to instalove in their own right. Tahir is the boy with secrets, handsome and compelling but just as bland as Elysia. Alex is the boy we don’t meet for several hundred pages, but a boy with a deep connection to Elysia. And then Ivan, the boy who is apparently head over heels in love with Elysia while making drugs and preparing to enter the military.The secondary characters are generally bland. Mother and the Governess are stock rich characters you might find in the backdrop on Revenge. The Fortesquieus (Tahir’s parents) are slightly more relatable, given more of a back story that allowed me to connect with them more than any other character than possibly sweet Liesel, the daughter of the family that owns Elysia. When we meet the other teenagers of the story – bland Greer, sexed up ditz Demetra (aka Dementia – a rather intellectually impaired girl used as a sex object throughout the story – and as an object to make fun of her intelligence), among others – we do not delve very deeply into this world more than into tales of parties and rule breaking and general disobedience, nothing that adds to this dystopian world of man versus clone.But where this story lost all credibility for me was the point where Elysia reveals to her brother-like figure Ivan that she has feelings for Tahir. Up until this point, Ivan had felt like a calm, conscientious figure that trusted Elysia and wanted to be her friend. She put her trust in him and he did the same with her. Then suddenly he morphs into a devious figure that assaults her, choking her and raping her to lay his claim to what he thinks is his property. And then she kills him and runs off, saved by the good graces of Alex. Within what feels like 3 days, they have pledged their undying love for one another after a rather ludicrous explanation of his hardcore eco-warrior religious society’s mating for life deal when SURPRISE! Elysia is pregnant. She demands an abortion, but Alex and her other savior refuse. They force Elysia to carry her rapist’s child, saying that the child is too precious, too special to abort, and use the same tactics of hardcore pro-life groups to convince Elysia to carry the child that she does not want.What. The. Fudge.I will admit, I am VERY pro-choice. Then again, I am a hardcore left wing nutso, so that could explain things. I do not agree with using rape as a plot point, followed by a propaganda-ish demand that a rape victim carry the rapist’s baby for no real reason other than plot. Mixed with pointless drug use, including helping drug a boy so that he loves her back, and the dreaded use of suicide threats when the boy of her dreams (that she has known for two weeks) is taken away from her, I began to seethe. This rarely happens except when domestic abuse, rape, and damaging relationships are promoted heavily. Elysia’s baby is treated as a gift from God, and with the smattering of biblical passages and revenging eco-religious warriors, I wonder how much of this novel is some weird pro-life propaganda tool. I mean, that’s probably not the case, but when it hits me in a side thought that it seems like something a conservative Christian would foist on their child, that is not a good sign.I cannot recommend this book. I want to so badly – the plot on paper is amazing and unique, and could have so many opportunities to explore the relationship between the rich and poor, between humans and clones/robots, between science and humanity. Instead, it became an instalove fest of drugs, rape, and the underlying message that a girl should not abort a child thrust upon her by a rapist, even if that child threatens her emotional health and wellbeing.VERDICT: Featuring rape, drug use as a tool of control, and an anti-abortion message, BETA thrashed my hopes for an epic story. At least it was fast-paced.1.5/5
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  1. Rachel grew up in the D.C area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A in Political Science She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan She lives and writes when she s not reading other people s books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino in New York City.

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  1. I won t mince words and as a result I am going to spoil this book a little If you are afraid of spoilers, please don t read on Fair warning.When a book uses rape as a plot point, especially when the character was initially a supporting and caring brother like figure, I get pissed off When this is compounded with the rape victim getting pregnant and those around her not allowing her to get an abortion because her child is too special, then that just makes me rage BETA has this and , which made me [...]


  2. While Beta has a fascinating premise of clones in a perfect world, there are a lot of elements in the plot that I found either unnecessary, or very off putting At first I thought I could overlook these qualms, but they kept piling up on top of one another until it toppled and became too much for my taste The ending, however, almost brought this to a 3 stars as it actually caught me off guard for once I would never have expected it though this may not be the case for everyone and it makes me some [...]


  3. This review is also available over at my blog._______________________Actual rating is 3.5 stars This will be a long ass review, by the way, I m just warning you right now.This book didn t turn out to be as bad as I was expecting In fact, most of the time I actually enjoyed myself while reading Am I a little disappointed, though Well, not really, because I had low expectations from the start I m pretty pleased that it wasn t as horrible as most of the reviews I ve read made it seem.In the world o [...]


  4. I would LOVE to read this on NetGalley but apparently, Disney Hyperion isn t accepting blogger requests at this time It s okay, Rachel I ll own your book eventually.


  5. The cover of this book is so amazingly beautiful that I spent a few minutes being creepy and caressing it The satin finish of it complements the colours and the model is so incredibly beautiful and the cover merges so very fantastically with the content in the novel I went into this book knowing that it was about clones and that s about it I have read other books by Cohn and liked them so I was reasonably confident that I would appreciate the writing if not love the story I didn t start the nove [...]


  6. Elysia is the second teenage clone Beta, still with flaws she is sold to a prominent family on the perfect Utopian island Desmesne Her goal is to be a perfect companion to her human family But when she meets another teenage Beta, and she starts seeing her First s memories, she starts to question what is right for them and what is right for her.Manufactured perfection in a little island called Demesne, I thought it sounded just perfect But we all know that nothing is perfect Everyone is beautiful [...]



  7. Seen at Scott Reads It I would like to thank Disney Hyperion for providing me an ARC on NetGalley Beta is one of those books that came with alot of hype and publicity I read many mixed reviews for Beta but I didn t let that stop me from reading it Beta has a super interesting concept but I don t think it was executed well This a book where there is an extremely slow paced plot where throughout the majority of the book nothing seems to happen There was way too much dialogue and not nearly enough [...]


  8. Extremely predictable for most points about the secrets of different characters , so that was annoying but what wasn t predictable at the end of the book then became major issues for me to give this story a bad rating SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEADSPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEADSPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEADSPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEADSPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD SPOILERS AHEAD S [...]


  9. Clones have not suffered as badly as most other sci fi fantasy creations have in the recent field of YA literature Cloning How interesting is that Not to mention that they re presumably genetically altered clones created to be immune to the bliss inducing skies of a tropical island I bumped this novel to the top of my to read list as soon as I added it and waited until it came in at the library.I started reading.This is an accurate depiction of my face at any given moment during that time Plot T [...]



  10. A provocative, intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging tale of humanity, identity, ethics and free will, BETA is, in a word, fascinating In this fun to read, absorbing and unique novel, Rachel Cohn addresses some interesting ethical issues about the pitfalls of cloning and bio genetics She introduces us to a great new heroine that, engineered to serve the wealthy residents of Demesne, is forced to either obediently follow all the rules or die Disquieting, thrilling and haunting, BETA [...]


  11. 3.5 stars Gotta love a sci fi dystopian book with a cliffhanger.This book wasn t what I was expecting your typical I m a clone, and I m not allowed to feel type of book Yes, that was what this book was about, but I hadn t realized that Elysia was purchased to serve as a member of a privileged family and a companion to her siblings and their friends.I will say it took a while for me to get into the Book Cohn uses a lot of description which I have yet to decide if it is a good or a bad thing becau [...]


  12. This was on of those was one of those impulse borrows Neat looking cover, interesting plot on the inside coverI thought, Eh, what the heck and brought it home My mind needs to be bleached And my eyes.I am so glad I decided to start this one before all my other library books.The story line and idea was pretty originald the writing wasn t half bad either, but it s a tangled mess where the main plot points are all sexually related view spoiler MC sees clones who technically weren t supposed to love [...]


  13. Ready for a new heroine Katsa, Katniss, and now Elysia, the clone Water Wars have changed the earth, but the richest people have managed to create a special island, Demesne, with pure air, lovely violet water, and a population of clones to do all the work Most of the clones are fully adult, but the doctor in charge is now experimenting with teen clones, still in the Beta stage The governor s wife buys one for her family and is delighted with the beautiful, compliant, young woman But Elysia gradu [...]


  14. Beta is a shining example of an idea that was clearly just not thought through enough.Its basic concept is one with obvious appeal clones allow for an interesting exploration of ideas of personhood, and making them property of the uber rich brings issues of class into the mix This premise could have been a fascinating and philosophical one, but instead it gets dragged down, reflection on the nature of humanity drowned out by romantic subplot Perhaps most important, though, is Cohn s choice to te [...]


  15. After reading and enjoying many others by this author I came to my egalley of Beta with high expectations that the book utterly failed to live up to While the world is interesting the character development felt poorly paced This would have normally still earned 3 stars from me but for two major issues a race of characters in the book that are genetically modified to be the best elements of human kind and are therefore utterly Aryan and worshiped by normal people for their beauty AND a nasty anti [...]


  16. Elysia is a new beta, one of the first trial teenage clones She is sold to the Bratton family to be a replacement for their daughter Astrid who moved away Elysia is to play with her new brother and sister Ivan and Liesel She must also call the woman who bought her mother Clones are made and sold to work on the island They have different tattoos on their face according to their jobs They have no feelings so the drugged air does not affect them and they will work hard Demesne s island has separate [...]


  17. Elysia ist ein Klon, eine Teenager BETA, wie es sie zuvor noch nicht gegeben hat Normalerweise werden auf der idyllischen Insel Demesne nur erwachsene Personen geklont Ohne Seele, eigene Gef hle oder Bed rfnisse Ihr Wissen stammt lediglich von einer Datenbank im Gehirn, welche die Klone jederzeit abrufen k nnen.Sie dienen den Menschen, ohne Fragen zu stellen Elysia wird an die Frau des Governors von Demesne verkauft und muss in ihrem neuen, luxuri sen Zuhause fortan als Unterhaltung f r die beid [...]


  18. Mon avis en Fran aisMy English reviewApr s avoir lu de nombreux avis vouant les m rites de ce livre, j tais vraiment curieuse d en apprendre plus.On d couvre dans ce roman l le de Demesne, une le tr s trange et diff rente des autres En effet, tout y a t modifi pour r pondre aux multiples attentes des personnes qui peuvent se permettre de payer un s jour Et pour cela, l air m me a t modifi pour tre de meilleure qualit , c est dire poss dant une grande teneur en oxyg ne, chose qui est connue pour [...]


  19. The GoodThe variety of topics addressed What it means to be human, women s rights, coming of age, finding your own way, determining who you are as a person, technology ethics, rape and abortion there are so many different interesting topics addressed in this book and they re all interwoven into the story so well, it s unbelievable.The cloning process To make a clone, the original person must die Clones are then branded with two face tattoos one side with a tattoo indicating they are a clone, the [...]


  20. Elysia is a clone A teenage Beta, to be exact One of the first of her kind and thus likely to have several bugs But unlike the other teenage Beta, she s absolutely gorgeous Thus, she gets taken into a household fast and becomes a companion, replacing a daughter away at college.Thus begins Rachel Cohn s foray into science fiction Cohn might be known for her masterful contemporaries, but BETA doesn t read like she s stretching out of her comfort zone Cohn feels familiar with science fiction and th [...]


  21. It s a little futile to talk about YA dystopia novels, much like horror movies, procedural TV shows, romance novels, and tween pop Each genre has its formula firmly in place and an audience who views formula not as laziness, but as a salve against an unpredictable world There might be small tweaks to the formulas here and there and the occasional meta hat tip, but by and large it s mostly the same ol shit So Beta was pretty predictable save the ending when view spoiler Zhara turned out not to be [...]


  22. I so much enjoyed the story and characters and the world building This is no run of the mill dystopian young adult romance This novel actually had chocolate flavor to it than plain vanilla What I liked was the slow development of characters and social interaction in this book There is no insta love attraction but romance slowly emerges into the novel I really enjoyed reading the unhurried and vivid description of the island and its inhabitants When I think about the romance and love interest in [...]


  23. One of the very few disadvantages of using an e reader is that you can t really enjoy beautiful covers just like the one on this book,but it is also true that you are less likely to buy a book because of the cover.Beta is than a beautiful cover,though.It s the story of Elysia , a clone with no soul who starts having human feelings and desires even if she was created in a laboratory.And it is also the story of the people who surround her.Demesne , the island where the novel takes place , is like [...]


  24. Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.Before I got to read this one, I saw a few non flattering reviews roll in, so I was on my guard, prepared for another in a string of disappointing reads Thankfully, I enjoyed Beta pretty much all the way through, although I am definitely immensely skeptical about where the series is heading.Beta takes place on an island paradise, home to only the richest and most fashionable of people These people are so rich that they have clones, programmed to be emo [...]


  25. Die Autorin Rachel Cohn war mir sp testens seit Dash Lilys Winterwunder , das sie zusammen mit David Levithan geschrieben hat, ein Begriff Von daher war ich besonders gespannt, wie ich den Auftakt ihrer neuen Reihe Beta so finden werde Leider konnte mich das Buch nicht so von sich berzeugen, wie ich es im Vorfeld erhofft habe.Rachel Cohn hat mich bislang mit ihrem Schreibstil begeistern k nnen, bei Beta war dies leider nicht der Fall Ich wei nicht, ob es am Plot direkt lag oder sogar an mir, abe [...]


  26. Check out of my reviews at Singing and Reading in the Rain As a serious sucker for a gorgeous cover, I fell for Beta I ll be open about it However, looks can deceive I traded it with a friend, so I m not too upset about not enjoying it that much, besides the fact that it was not an enjoyable read In the end, Beta didn t live up to par In Beta, we were first introduced to Elysia and her first moments waking up as soon as expert scientists created her She s a Beta, a test drive of a teenage clone [...]


  27. Ich habe selten erlebt, dass jemand aus einer guten Idee so ein flaches, langweiliges, entt uschendes und widerspr chliches Buch fabrizieren kann.Elysia ist ein BETA ein Klon einer First eines Teenagers, der verstorben ist nur in einer besseren Version Quasi Sie hat keine Gef hle und ist seelenlos, gibt keine Widerworte, schmeckt nicht und kann generell nichts tun, was ihrer Familie missfallen k nnte Der perfekte Diener, oder nicht Es ist eine Zukunft auf der Insel Demesne, alle sind reich, alle [...]


  28. The island of Demesne is a utopia Humans aren t bothered with trivial things like work, only luxury and leisure Instead, the work is done by clones servants cloned from the recently deceased Void of souls and feelings, they are perfect for a life of servitude Elysia is a Beta clone one of the first few teenage clones in existence with a rampant threat of defects On the island pf perfection, defects mean death But Elysia isn t like other clones She can taste food She can remember memories from he [...]


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