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Two for Two
on 28 March 2013
After reading The Clone Republic; Clone Rebellion (book 1), I instantly began reading this, the second book in the series. I could not wait to find out what happened to Harris and become immersed in Kent's sci-fi world once more. With the last book taking just under two weeks to read, I can say that I read this one in a week flat. That is a sure sign of a good book.
Events surrounding the protagonist have begun to shift. The build up to war consequently changes the world as Harris knows it. In this book, the deck of cards really does come crashing down. War is set to break out, political squabble and deception leads to secrets being uncovered, moves being made, and ultimately battles ensue that end with entirely unexpected outcomes.
Throughout the story the protagonist Harris has to deal with the confrontation at every turn. Not just during the battles of worlds, but also on a personal basis. Society's views him as a danger, an outlawed clone model, unpredictable and violent by nature, and he in turn battles inwardly with this very same problem, this genetic conditioning and addiction to battle.
There is a lot to this book that will move the series forward in interesting ways. Kent's writing is once again an exacting flurry of well written events driven by the relationships between the increasingly developed visceral main characters, the personal motivation of the supporting characters, the tactical scenarios that occur during battles, and lastly the important neo-politics that underpins and ultimately help ties it all together.
As mentioned by Kent at the back of the book, this second book does weave into its story at points early on, reiterated information from book one. This means that anyone can enter the series at book two. However as a reader of the series from the beginning, I found this a clumsy decision in regard to current fans and would have much preferred a prologue in its place. I think if you are going to start something, start at the beginning, but if you wish to miss out on all the action and adventure of book one, you will be able to buy this book and emerge yourself in Steven L. Kent's world.
Enjoy the book!