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Copied [Kindle Edition]

S.M. Anderson
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"A chilling tale of nature vs. nurture, the power of trusting, and the belief in the transformative power of kindness to change who we are. The underlying theme that we can choose to be whoever we want to be, despite what we’ve been taught, screams from the pages of Copied. I highly recommend this clean, intriguing novel--don't miss it." -Cindy M. Hogan, author of the Watched trilogy

Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up.

After narrowly escaping with his life, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius, to capture BETA23. Lacey, who can't resist the prospects of a science project this huge, is determined to see the good in their prisoner - his intelligence may help keep the company off Xan’s back... forever.

But Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family - and the possibility of losing Lacey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1403 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (10 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,402,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 8 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Copied was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed the story, which was something you don’t see every day. It was original, and fresh. The characters were also pretty cool. The story starts off as a normal, YA fiction book, but soon turns into a cool paranormal book with lots of twists and turns. The story definitely kept me wanting to know more.

I loved Jamal, and Lacey. These are the type of people I am friends with, and to see them in a book was interesting. They were perfectly portrayed, and well put together. My favourite character had to be the main character Alexander, or Xan, as they call him. He isn't the brightest, but I like him.

The book itself was well written out. There was obviously lots of research put into the book, and the contents. The story went by fast and lots happened. Everything was well planned out, and that made the book easy to read.

There was nothing I didn't like about this book. I loved the storyline, and the idea of the book. I have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ARC REVIEW 26 Jan. 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay 16 Jan. 2014
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Copied by S M Anderson

3 Stars

Xan and BETA23 are both clones, same DNA but grown in different environments resulting in very different people. The DNA is owned by the government and used to build an army but somehow Xan, who was supposed to be disposed of, was adopted on the black market and spent his childhood living as a normal boy. When the mix up is discovered BETA23 is sent to terminate him, with the help of friends Xan learns the truth about his past and goes out to capture BETA23 and find a way to keep the `clone' company off his back forever.

I found the storyline to be a little unnerving because with how twisted the governments of this world are these days it isn't so farfetched that DNA could end up being a copyrighted government property! I felt so sorry for Xan, to believe you are a person with normal human rights only to find out that you are infact a discarded clone that the authorities want to terminate. The nature vs nurture was very interesting. I am fascinated by this subject anyway, personally I tend to lean more to the side of nature, though after reading this my opinion isn't so firm anymore.

Copied is not the best written book I have read. I feel it could gain from having a complete overhaul by both content and copy editors to bring it up to standard. The plot is written in simple terms, is quite sloppy in parts and needs tightening to give it the best chance of success in today's saturated market.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and interesting at once, with memorable characters 28 Dec. 2013
By Sharon Bayliss - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
When Xan is framed for starting a fire that seriously injures his best friend, he loses all his old friends, and instead gravitates towards the uber-smart, Lacey, believing that she may have answers. Together they investigate the arson to find the true culprit. What they find surprises both of them. Xan did start the fire...or someone who looks exactly like Xan.

Xan's parents admit that he was adopted off the black market, and that he may have been part of a multiple birth. Xan and Lacey learn that the truth is not that simple. Xan is a clone, and another clone, Beta 23, has been sent to kill him.

In this book, I especially enjoyed the relationships between Xan, Lacey, and Beta 23. Lacey is a fantastic female lead. She's smart and far from cliche. Also, about halfway through the book, we delve deeper into Beta 23's character, and see him struggling on the edge of humanity. Somewhat robotic and flat at the beginning, Beta 23 ends up becoming the most interesting character in the book.

Although fast-paced and exciting, the book covers lots of interesting issues related to genetic engineering, and nature vs. nurture, and the definition of humanity. And if her science wasn't accurate, it certainly fooled me! :)

This is the type of novel that can be enjoyed by young people and adults alike. Since it features a male lead, this is one of the rarer YA books that would be a good pick for a boy. Also, the story is clean--no profanity, no sex, and limited violence--so, you can feel comfortable recommending it to almost anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Fun Read 2 Jan. 2014
By carlos - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased the book about a week ago and found it engaging throughout and a fun read. I don't usually read fiction, but I had to take a break from my other reads and found this book entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fast reading it is really enchanting 22 Dec. 2013
By Sarit - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The full review in my blog - [...]

It amazing that I have to write review on 2 books at the same time that deal in the subject of genetics. This one - Copied that deal with human genetics and the other one "A cure to die for" which deal with plant genetics. Both of them also deal with heavy ethical issues. In both of them I intend to divide my review to 2 - one part which will deal with the plot and the other with some technical subjects ( I can't prevent this Biology is in my blood).

For the plot of Copied - The book is a fast reading it is really enchanting and I couldn't stop reading it. The story makes you think a lot about the ethics of cloning and gratitude for individualism. It is presented in the voice of two main characters - Xan (Alexander Mitchell) and Betha - 23 . While Xan raised with a normal family Betha is a Texacomdefense's company property;

Betha-23 was raised with other many clones like him from the same DNA template from one donor (this donor isn't alive anymore) in artificial womb. All the clones get the same treatment from their first day as embryo till the day they will sent so the recycling tank. As a company property they are not allowed to independent thought, they have to obey to their superior without any questions, some of them trained to be a perfect war machines, some will sent to study.Their life span program short from the beginning and to extend it they have to get a treatment of enzyme that will prevent the quick process of aging (In a way it ensure the dependency of the clones in the company, and their returned). In his training wasn't any place for emotions , farther then emotions and empathy considered as weakness. They had to analyzed, coldly, the situations and seek the most efficient benefits out of them.... This time Betha mission was to get rid from Xan. He orchestrate a very complex situation with burning of a building in this situation Xan had to die and also Miels his best friend which wasn't in the right place and the right time. To his advantage he use his face which were identical to Xan to lead the blame on Xan head (and now you already understand that Betha and Xan share the same DNA).

Xan (Alexander Mitchell) - after this "accident" everybody, include Xan parents and his best friend Miles and his girlfriend Malinda were sure that Xan is guilty. Till this moment Xan didn't now about cloning and the other clones which has identical DNA to his. He also puzzled about his mysterious rescuer, who saved him from the fire. Xan was desperate and the only friend face was belong to Lacy (which considered as a genius nerd and never went around Xan's fellows). Lacy came with friend of her own - Jamal and Allen very smart and brilliant - Jamal has a very successful blog about conspiracy theories and he will be the one of these two who will help the most.

Meanwhile Betha put a surveillance at Xan and Lacy's home and could follow each move of them. When he in his calculation he reached to conclusion that Lacy is a big risk factor he put a sophisticated bomb under the sink in her privet lab at home. It was a sheer luck that she found it with one of her old nanny camera's. Xan was amazed to find a similar face on the assassin. At the same time he discovered that he was adopted by his parents. He wanted to know about his real parent and after many inquiries , his father admitted that they know nothing about them.

Xan sent to himself a message to meet with Betha knowing that Betha will track it. Lacy followed him and together they caught him, because alone he didn't has a chance against his trained clone. Now they both hoped to get some information.

Love and relationship - Xan find himself feeling toward Lacy. His girlfriend, Malinda, didn't lose hope that they will return to each other. His relationship with his Best friend Miles reached to an end. Xan shaw to his adopted parents that he still love and care for them and vica versa. Betha surprised to find a soft emoticons toward Lacy. But Lacy don't know which she prefer more Betha or Xan. The staying so long out side the company compound cause a big change in Betha toward what it is important.

I can't say more without taking the reader trill of finding thing all by himself so now I'll pass to the second part of my review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and exciting 17 Dec. 2013
By JRMcDonald - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Anderson delivered memorable plots and characters. I enjoyed the premise of Copied and all the twists and turns involved. It had me reading long into the night because I had to know what what ultimately happened to Xan and Lacey. And even Beta. I'm looking forward to the next book from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it! 12 Dec. 2013
By Jay E. Powell - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book in one sitting. I enjoyed the twists and turns. I couldn't put it down! Love it.
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