About The Book:
Title: YOUR ONE AND ONLY
Author: Adrianne Finlay
Pub. Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book… but it took me a while to really get into it. I don’t know what it was other than the start was very slow. Once it finally started moving, HOLY CROW it was amazing!
While this is a story about one human left alive, I still found parts to be a little confusing. When things like clone origins were first introduced, they were not explained right now. That left me puzzled as to what was going on or if I missed the explanation. I’m here to say that everything was explained in due time and it all clicked.
This is Finlay’s debut and yet she writes as if she is a very seasoned writer. It was masterfully done. The only thing that kept me from giving a full five stars was the ending. While Finlay has a firm grasp of story telling, the ending did not really answer anything. WHAT HAPPENS?! It was certainly left open for a sequel but no story should be left that open ended. It almost felt as if there was no ending… that the story just stopped. Even an epilogue would have been nice but that didn’t happen.
Do I recommend? YES, absolutely. What I will stress is that you give the story a chance. It does have a slow start but it does pick up and it does get damn good. Please add to your TBR if you not have done so already. Give this one a chance.
I received my PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, I now live in Cedar Falls, Iowa with my husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and our two young daughters. I’m an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and the Program Director of Creative Writing. I teach creative writing, composition, and literature classes. One of the really fun classes I teach is Adolescent Lit, where we read some of my favorite authors: Lois Lowry, S.E. Hinton, Robert Cormier, Laurie Halse Anderson, Walter Dean Myers. I change this list up a lot by adding new releases and various titles just to keep things interesting. Because I don’t have enough to do (ha ha), I also make soap, lotion, and lip balm with my partner Rachel under the name Semisweet Soaps. We sell our products locally, raising money for Type 1 diabetes research.
Editor: Lily Kessinger, HMH
Represented by: Adam Schear, Defiore & Co.
Giveaway Details: International
3 winners will receive a finished copy of YOUR ONE AND ONLY, US Only.
Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!
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