Title: The Originals
A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.
17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
Cat Patrick is an author who’s got writing talent I’m envious of. Not because of her descriptive sense, or creative one, her stories are truly originals (hur hur), but because she puts so much emotion into her writing. It makes you feel and think, and take everything you’ve ever been sure of and flip it upside down until your heart aches. Her stories should be put in their own category, they have the emotion and heart break and love like the best romances do. They have the best best friends that make you so jealous because you just wish you had someone who knew you so well. They have the action and I’ll even say a bit sci-fi I mean clones? How awesome is that!? But at the same time you seriously feel it so much it just feels so real. Illegal clones living as one person? It sounds a bit far off but when you’re reading it, it’s the most normal thing in the world because that’s what the characters know and make you feel. You really do feel so connected to them it hurts flipping each page in fear of what’s going to happen to their lives. Because in Patrick’s novels, the characters are always pushed out of their comfort zone and put to thought about what life really is and what their role is in it. And you read everything that this brilliant mind created and you’re like “wow, that all just happened, and I’m sitting in my pjs reading and eating ice cream from the container.” And then for the next few days you’re sitting there pondering the meaning of life. It’s just these books are some of the most amazing ones I’ve read. As for The Originals it’s everything an amazing novel should be and so much more, and here’s what happens.
The story is told from Lizzie’s point of view, she lives with her sorta mom, and sorta sisters. Her sorta mom was the egg donor for Lizzie and her sorta sisters, and they’re not really sisters they’re just clones. At first their lives were just simple like any three triplets would live, up until they were nine and something changed. Then they began living as one person, Elizabeth Best, each of them takes part of the day to live, while the others are at home. As crazy as this might sound, only living a third of a life, it’s become their normal. But things are getting weird, even for them, so the three girls decide to regain control of their lives and find out exactly what’s begin hidden from them.
Now, I feel as if there could only be one way to make this book better, and that would to have the chapters switch points of views. I mean Lizzie was an amazing narrator, but I feel like if the readers had more insight on Betsy and Ella’s lives it would make it all the more emotional. Aside from that everything is so freaking awesome it just hurts to think about. I love all the characters as you can tell, the writing is amazing as ever, it’s got everything to interest you and so much more.
I really don’t have any more to say about this book, it was a rollercoaster of amazingness and everyone should read it. The Originals scores a 4 for me.