10 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #2 - Beta by Rachel Cohn

Hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday showcases the books we're lusting after. Get ready to load up your TBR!

Beta (Annex #1) by Rachel Cohn

Expected Publication: 16 October 2012 by Hyperion

Pages: 304 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Dystopia


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 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 corrupted world.

I'm picky when it comes to dystopias, but this sounds really awesome.   Not 100% sold on the cover (her eyes kinda freak me out), but I'm definitely looking forward to this one!


  1. This one was good and got rather disturbing at the end! The world building was really different. I liked it since I do try to go into dystopians prepared for the dark and disturbing.
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  2. I've heard some mixed reviews on this one so I'm not sure if I'll read it or not. On the bright side you don't have much longer to wait! Thanks for sharing! ^.^ If you'd like to check out my Waiting On Wednesday post you can do so here. :)

  3. I'm waiting on this one too. It's sounds so interesting.

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    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  4. I've heard some mixed reviews for Beta, so I'm not too sure how I feel about it. I'd probably read it if given the chance, but I don't know that I'll be rushing out on its release day to pick up a copy. (And her eyes are pretty freaky).

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  5. Great pick. Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. I've been excited for this one ever since I first laid my eyes on it! I have heard some mixed reviews, but I'm still going to give this one a go, as I love dystopias. Great pick!

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  7. This one's a bit odd. I don't know how you'll feel about it. Either you'll dislike the bulk of it and be encouraged by the end or the reverse.

  8. I am very excited to read this one. Great choice. My Wednesday http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2012/10/waiting-on-wednesday-35-and-www-20.html

  9. ooh, this is a good choice! I'm really interested after seeing all the comments here...

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  10. I've had my eye on Beta awhile now. I can't wait to read it.

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  11. I had this on one of my WoW posts a couple months ago and I can't wait to read it! Nice pick Kat!
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    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  12. This one sounds really great. I actually like the cover too, but I can see what you mean about the eyes.

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