[608]: And Again by Jessica Chiarella


 I’ve been looking for a novel that will challenge the way most of the cloning novels are being written. I want to see a story that shows them as more than a product of a successful lab project. Neither mechanical nor sterile; definitely not automatons devoid of human emotions. And Again delivered that for me.

This book was surprisingly fast and easy to read. Jessica’s writing felt comfortable, like a warm blanket or a comfy chair. And even though the story revolves around four people and four different perspectives, each character told their stories with ease. There’s Hannah who has lung cancer; David, a Republican congressman with a brain tumor; Linda who’s paralyzed from the neck down; and Connie a once big-time Hollywood actress who was dying from an aggressive strain of HIV. All four of them won the lottery and were chosen subjects for SUBlife. Cloning or in essence, a second chance at life. This is their story. Four narratives seamlessly connected to show us that tricking death might just be borrowing another set of troubles.

Each one of them grapples with the new life that they were given. A fresh start it may be, but they all felt awkward and uneasy. Their train of thoughts was full of doubts like they’re uncomfortable with their new bodies. This book is a bit more thoughtful rather than scientific. It didn’t ask me what my moral stance is on cloning, nor did it question the religious and social implications when one messes with the natural order of things. It’s the introspective process that these four characters went through as they try to pick up the pieces of their old lives. They couldn’t run away from the flawed life that they used to live no matter how perfect they all seem.

This book was such a lovely surprise; unexpectedly captivating in a sense that a reader will be ensconced in the characters’ new lives. I wanted them to move forward as they were before their illnesses and accident, but I saw and felt their struggles as they try to reacclimate to their surroundings.

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  • Oh this one sounds really good! I’ve only read one book about cloning, and I loved it. This one sounds a bit different, but I love the sound of it; so I will have to add it to my TBR 🙂 thank you for sharing! You’re always reviewing such interesting novels.

  • Oh wow Joy, this sounds amazing! I love books that break beyond the regular tropes and genres and this sounds like an incredibly deep and almost spiritual read as well. Even with not putting that onus on the reader, you wouldn’t be able to avoid forming your own opinion of whether it’s playing god and and the true worth of recreating life. I must have this book in my life. Stat. Brilliant review Joy, I love how varied your reading is, I’m always guaranteed to be able to find something new and out of my confort zone <3

  • I always check out books with
    multiple narrations, but I haven’t heard about this book before, thanks so much
    for putting it on my radar. I’m intrigued by this concept, and I like that it’s
    not just a sci-fi novel about cloning, but also character-driven story. Beautiful
    review, Joy! I added it to my huge tbr-list.

  • This does sound really interesting. I’m not such a science person, but I’m thinking they are cloned as versions of themselves but free of disease? And I love stories where the characters get some great prize, but at a price (mwah-ha-ha…)

  • Aw, yay for enjoying this book a lot Joy 😀 I have not heard of it before. But you make it sound so interesting. Not sure I am interested in this plot.. but curious even so 😀 Seems good. <3

  • Joy, this sounds so intriguing, and a unique take on the cloning subject. Thank you for bringing it to my attention – it sounds like something that’s right up my alley!

  • It one sounds great! I absolutely love the fact that it doesn’t focus too much on science or religion and wasn’t preachy because it allows you to think for yourself. Nice review 🙂

  • Captivating and characters to love sounds great and glad it was a lovely surprise

  • I’m with Jeann in that this book does seem really thought-provoking and it’s totally obvious that the author had to do some kind of research to be able to pull this one off! I love the fact that it takes a different take on cloning and I imagine it must be a topic that could be broadened out and taken anywhere! Thanks for sharing this chica! <3

  • The atmosphere around this book sounds really fascinating Joy! It definitely sounds like a more thought-provoking book rather than anything. Lovely review!

  • Oh wow, now this sounds interesting. Yeah, I haven’t seen a clone book quite like this.

  • Jazmen

    I never heard of this one but it sounds like a winner. I’m all for being pleasantly surprised.

  • Jasprit

    Wow Joy, now this book is not one that I probably find myself gravitating towards in a book store, but your review has completely sold me, I like how the author delves into something totally different. Also I’m not usually one to read books from different perspectives, but this sounds like it works marvelously! Thank you for putting another great book on my radar!

  • It’s great to pick up a book and get surprised by it, so I’m glad Again did that for you. Sounds like the four perspectives were done well! Fab review Joy!

  • Hm, this sounds really interesting! I may just have to try it.

    PS: Yep, Audible accepts returns! They just have to be from within the last 12 months. If you bought with a credit, you get it back. If card, they send that back too. http://www.audible.com/mt/glg-info

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh this does have an interesting premise. As long as the characterization is good (and it seems so from your review) I think I would like it.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I hadn’t heard of this one. It sounds really fascinating though. I haven’t read many book that deal with cloning, but I like how this focuses a lot on the internal nature of being cloned.


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    I love stories like this where it’s both odd and relatable at the same time. The lottery and cloning makes it even more interesting. Cool book, Joy!

  • kindlemom1

    I have yet to read a clone book that I’ve absolutely loved either so this sounds very promising!

  • This does sound fresh and original, Joy! I know what you mean about the desire to pick up something that is different from the usual formulas we see in writing so often. I had to switch reading books 3 times yesterday because nothing grabbed my attention. Wonderful review! 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    This sounds like a fascinating read Joy, I haven’t read too many books that deal with cloning. I’m glad it was a lovely surprise for you and that it didn’t focus on the lab/science aspect but rather on the people themselves. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  • Great! I hadn’t heard of this. It’s so nice to find new books on my favorite blogs! 😀 Thanks for the excellent review, as always.

  • Melliane

    It’s always great to have an easy and quick story like that and I’m happy to see you were surprised by the story!

  • I saw this book in Shakespeare and Co and ALMOST picked it up to buy it the other day but decided that it was a little bit too expensive. It looks like this one really is a worthwhile read that is unique and isn’t like the same formula books you can find everywhere these days. I am gonna have to look into this one for sure…

  • Hmmm, I do not know