Clone City is a dystopian SF thriller that narrates the story of a city whose inhabitants believe it is the last civilized outpost of humankind. The city’s name is Joypolis.
The story begins at the time when Joypolitans believe they have overcome all the challenges of their turbulent past. In a world devastated by the impact of asteroids, they believe their survival was thanks to a single act of monumental importance – the decision to clone.
Three hundred years earlier, the scientists who founded the settlement decided they had to clone to avoid extinction. They argued that only by doing so could they create a workforce large enough to transform their settlement into a bright, modern city. Only this, they argued, would bring joy back into the hearts of a population that was failing to reproduce.
Because clone numbers would far exceed their own, they thought it best to separate them from ‘true’ human by conditioning them for the duties they would perform. Combining ground-breaking advances in how language is processed in the brain with a program of indoctrination, they created a compliant labour force.
Initially, there was outrage and opposition. But as the settlement was transformed into an ultra-modern city, resistance grew less. The lives of citizens became more and more comfortable and they accepted media’s portrayal of their segregated society as unfortunate, but unavoidable.
But the repercussions of this act are about to unravel in a way that no one could have foreseen. First, the dismembered arm of a clone is discovered. Second, the murder of a high-ranking politician. A deconstructing clone is arrested, but the Head of Security fears something far, far worse…
I was born in Plymouth, England, and, like my dad who was in the navy, I’ve done a fair bit of travelling. Presently, I live in Japan near the ocean. When I have a chance, I enjoy hiking in the mountains, swimming, gardening and growing, yoga, listening to music and, of course, reading lots of books. Job-wise, I’ve taught English to kids, English as a foreign language and linguistics to university students. I’m working part-time now at a university in Tokyo and I’m happy to say that gives me plenty of time to write.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood start to this series
ByT. Palmeron 21 November 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll admit, I wasn't going to pick this book up at first. The cover does nothing for me to describe what's inside. But after reading the other review I decided not only to pick it up, but the next two volumes as well.This has very distinct flavors of Brave New World in it, but the author took it a lot further. The beginning was hard to keep up with and it took a little while to get invested in the various characters. I continued on and by the end I was interested enough to be glad I have the next two books ready to read.And yes, this ends in a cliffhanger. I usually run from these like Superman from kryptonite. I'm this case, I can't wait to see what happens next.One star off for the confusing start and the cover art, but a strong recommend on the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book
ByTodd Wilkinsonon 10 October 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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I really loved this book!As a fan of classic British sci-fi, I recognized the influences of Huxley and Orwell, two of its 20th century standard-bearers. But Peters has something more here, elements of who-done-it suspense and redemption amidst a domed-dystopian backdrop. Buckminster Fuller once said, "Domed living is better than doomed living," but the premise of this novel rather counters that maxim. Clone Wars, Joypolis book 1, is the beginning of an extra-Ordinary adventure of the mind.