The Originals by Cat Patrick

The Originals by Cat Patrick
Little, Brown | Hardcover, 304 pages
May 7th, 2013
Young Adult
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Very cool concept. I’d have liked it more if the author gave it a little hint of suspense. I read it in four hours, tops – which goes to show that it had me by the nose, regardless.

Quick Story:

Clones, Lizzie, Betsey, and Ella Best have lived a third of their lives since they’ve learned they weren’t triplets. They were a product of the only successful cloning hidden from the world. Every day, they take turns living the life of one Elizabeth Violet Best; which was working for the most part, until Lizzie meets Sean Kelly.

Lizzie felt cheated of a life to call her own. When the complication of living one person’s life in three bodies arises, the sisters start breaking the rules set by their mother. Rules that were created to protect them became their shackles. They start doubting the real reason why they couldn’t come out as triplets as they did when they were kids. Little by little, the seeds of doubt sprouted budding leaves of lies that will ultimately reveal who they are and the truth about their own mother.

My Thoughts:

I’ve always had this preconceived notion that clones are like robots; automatons who can’t think for themselves but for what they were initially programmed for. In this respect, the sisters can be likened to those machineries. They did what they were told without questions. It all changed when the heart (and hormones, for that matter) became part of the equation.

I have to admit that I was plagued with questions in the beginning. It started to irritate me that they would live this way when they could easily pass themselves off as triplets. But as I delved deeper into the story, I grew to understand why: they were essentially on the run because they were technically stolen genes. So my first thought was that they will be chased; that there’ll be some bad people who would try to find them, take them for the purpose of experiments. Unfortunately, there were no suspense here. No chases, no men in black. There was a woman, and that was it. Even that turned out to be nothing.

The mother gave me the impression of having some hidden agenda from the get go; that her purpose for totalitarianism-like upbringing holds a different meaning other than for the girls’ protection. In the end, I wasn’t placated – much like Lizzie had some lingering doubts to the bitter end.

I really think this book could’ve used a bit more thrills. I was hooked to the story but it was lacking, somehow. The revelations were anti-climactic, and to be honest, I couldn’t even gather enough “care” in the world to be disappointed.

My opinion? Read it; not for the story itself but for your chance to meet Sean Kelly: the Clark Kent in disguise if Clark Kent fronts an indie band. So dreamy.

  • Hah! I totally agree with your last sentence. I gave it 3 stars too, and now that I think about it, not much has stuck out other than the end. Oops.

  • It's too bad it wasn't more suspenseful. I do have a copy so I'll give it a try at some point.

  • I remember being interested in this a while back but it kind of fell off my radar. The idea of clones is really fascinating to me, and I like the idea that the three girls are passing as one, but I guess when I read about clones I'm expecting dastardly corporations or a corrupt government out to get the clones who could reveal all of their secrets and such drama–and that's apparently not there. Sorry to see this was a bit disappointing!

  • I have yet to read a book by Cat Patrick. Not sure why, but I've never felt a strong urge to. If I just read the synopsis and knew nothing else, I would've thought this was more of a thriller/mystery. I'm curious about this Sean guy, though …

  • I agree — I thought the concept of the three girls having to share a life was pretty cool, but in a way, it was more of a coming of age book than a thriller.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Sounds overall good even if it could have used some more action and thrills

  • I'm a huge fan of Cat Patrick, and love that she can always write such original stories. Too bad that it wasn't as awesome as you'd expect, though! I like the idea of Clark Kent fronting a band 😀 Great review!
    -Marianne

  • Clark Kent fronting a band?! I love a gorgeous geek who has no idea he's good looking. The rest of this sounds lack luster, so I'm not sure I'd pick this up. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • This sounds interesting, although it's a bummer that there wasn't too much suspense in the story. Sean Kelly seems great, though 😉 I think I might pick this one up from my library. Amazing review!

  • I'm not that sure… difficult to say and at the same time it's intriguing. I'm sorry it wasn't that good… But I can understand your problem with questions and the things irritating. You know I heard great things about this author but I haven't tried her yet, maybe I should to see one of her writing.

  • I can see how you would be disappointed, it seems like there were more than a few opportunities to add a plot twist or some pizazz in this book but the author didn't. Too bad!

  • Aw, I'm sorry that you didn't care much about this. But still glad that you kind of enjoyed it 😀 I'm still not sure if it would be for me. Probably not. But I do love the cover. <3 Thank you for sharing, Joy 🙂

  • It's a bummer that this didn't have as much action as it could have. It definitely sounds like a missed opportunity to make a good premise more interesting. I remember wanting to read this when it first came out, but never got around to it (like most books). I think I'll continue to skip it. Great review!

  • Great review! I´don´t know why I had the idea that this books was a YA thriller….sigh…..Even though it isn´t a thriller I want to read it.