Mar 18, 2013

{Blog Tour} Review + Character Post of Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Imitation blog tour for Heather Hildenbrand. I'm so very excited to spread the word about this new series, I loved it! I hope you all enjoy this awesome character post with Heather and every girls dream bodyguard Linc and my Review.

Would you rather is a game that gives two less-than-desirable scenarios and you have to choose which one you’d prefer. Obviously, the ideal answer is always NEITHER. But that’s not an option in this game. You have to choose one or the other. And because I know you all want to get inside his head, today we’re playing with Linc Crawford from Imitation.

Linc, if you were cornered and there was no escape, would you rather…

Go suicide and have a 50/50 chance of going to Heaven OR Get eaten alive and have a 100% chance of going to Heaven?
I’d go suicide. Especially if it means that I go down swinging. There’s honor in fighting even when you know the odds are against you. And I’m not sure, after some of the things I’ve done, Heaven would let me in anyway. Heaven’s for the peacemakers, like Ven. *smiles*

Go way back in time to meet your ancestors OR go way into the future and meet your great-grandchildren?
*lowers eyes* Huh. *clears throat* I can’t imagine who … I don’t think I’ll ever have kids. Not with the state of things…
I’d choose to go back. Maybe to a time the world isn’t so devastated by people who want power more than they want a future. I don’t want to see any more of that.

Have everlasting fame and fortune but be alone OR be with the one you love and have nothing?
I’d choose to be with the one I love. I don’t want fame and fortune. In this world, the only way you get either is by stabbing someone in the back. I won’t do that.

Hear the good news first OR the bad news first?
Good news isn’t something I get often. I guess I’d want the bad first. Get it out of the way, know what I’m facing.


Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Dystopian
THEME: Future/Romance/Science Fiction

Everyone is exactly like me.
There is no one like me.
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing?
My entire life is an imitation.
I am an Imitation.
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun.
I am a prisoner.
I am not Raven Rogen.
I am here to die.

I haven’t read that many dystopian novels that have kept my attention, but Imitation had me turning the pages and finishing this book all in one sitting. I can’t get enough of Hildenbrands excellent character building; she knows how to make you feel for each character, good or bad and brings to life a scary concept of cloning.

“Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.”

Imitation follows Ven, she was created for one reason as was everyone else around her in Twig City. She is an Imitation of her authentic (meaning the non clone), she one day receives a letter that will forever change her life. She must take the place of her authentic to find out who is trying to hurt her. She is now bait and her “father” only wants to find out who is after his real daughter and will put Ven in danger without care. Luckily she has her guard Linc to keep her safe, but when things start getting really dangerous the truth behind what’s really happening starts to unfold.

Ven is a complex character; she is put into the real world without really being prepared. She is pretty much thrown into danger right from the start and she begins to see that life in the real world is very complicated. Her authentic is Raven a very rich and media attention girl. Ravens father is one of the few who know about Ven and makes sure that Ven knows if she doesn’t do what he tells her, she’ll be terminated without a thought. I felt so bad for Ven, I can’t imagine being put in such a terrible situation with know one to turn to for help. Her “father” Titus is a jerk and a cruel man that is the obvious villain. I was really hoping for Ven to stick up for herself and try to put the pieces together.

Linc is the only person who seems to want to protect Ven (Raven), though it’s his job, he soon sees a change in her but doesn’t understand why. He doesn’t know Ven is not the real Raven and begins to questions what is really going on. I loved Linc and Ven together; they had great chemistry that didn’t seem forced into an insta love. They slowly start working together to find out what’s Raven’s father Titus is up too and who is behind trying to hurt Raven and why.

Overall Imitation is a wonderfully well throughout story, I loved the idea of a secret city of clones just waiting for the day to find out if they would be needed and why. The tone is a bit dark with lots of mystery, action, and romance. It gives a unique futuristic outlook that will hook the reader right away. Each character has significance to the mystery behind the Twig City and who is after Raven. What I loved most was that nothing was predictable; I was surprised as small things began to unfold and cant wait to find out what happens next. This is a must read and I put it at the top of my highly recommended list.

This is a young adult novel that will keep you guessing. Fans of The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano and Article 5 by Kristen Simmons will love Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm torn. I really like Article 5, but hated DeStefano's series. Hmmmmm. I'll go with benefit of the doubt and I'm adding it to my to-read list.