Monday, 26 August 2013

Review: The Originals

The Originals

Publication Date: May 7th 2013        
Publisher:  Little Brown Books for Young Readers     

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 mind-set 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
When they were younger, Lizzie, Ella and Betsey Best lived as triplets with their Mother, and believed they were so. Until they have to run and their Mother tells them the truth. They're identical, carbon copies of a supposed baby that had died, and used the DNA to clone the three. Now on the run for years,  Lizzie, Ella and Betsey live as one, one whole person, Elizabeth Best, and take a third of the day each, from school, to afternoon, to night work and college classes Lizzie takes the first half, Ella the second, which leaves Betsey to the night. They wear the same clothes, have to have the same hairstyle, everyday so nobody suspects they're anything but one person.