Audiobook Review: Twinmaker (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams
Series: Twinmaker #1
Published by: Balzer + Bray on 11/5/2013
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Source: Audiobook Purchase
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About the Book:
High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.
You can be Improved....
In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.
What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’ tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.
Twinmaker was a book I’d been desperately salivating over for a while. And despite my love of Science Fiction and the epic premise of the novel, Twinmaker’s characters and I did not connect. At all. Even on the smallest level. With that being said, Twinmaker is not a bad story. In fact, the ambitious futuristic technology is what kept the novel alive in my eyes. While the characters didn’t WOW me as I expected, the mystery and discoveries involving the high-tech D-mat and “teleportation”, sure kept me entertained.
The story follows Clair whose best friend Libby decides to undergo something called “Improvement”. Even though her friends constantly tell her she’s beautiful, Libby is not comfortable in her own skin and with her scars. She’s an outgoing girl who doesn’t mind a little danger and if Improvement can make her better, she’s all for it, no matter the consequences. Improvement essentially happens when a person travels by the D-mat and it can alter the travelers appearance however they want (or so the chain-mail like email claims). After Libby’s Improvement, Clair begins to notice little changes in her friend. Changes she can only assume are caused by the mysterious Improvements. And these changes thrust Clair on a mission to discover the truths behind Improvement in order to help Libby out of her situation before its too late.
Twinmaker is a very vivid, rich world. I enjoyed following the breadcrumb clues and discovering the mystery behind Improvement. However, for me the characters were lacking. I’m not sure if it was the narrators portrayal of them or if they really were bland. I just couldn’t like Libby or the quasi-love/angst-triangle between Clair, Libby and Zep that started, stopped, started, then dropped. In the beginning chapters it seemed the story was heading in one direction and then quickly morphed into another. Clair was just an “okay” character. I didn’t see anything that made her standout among other YA characters in this genre. She’s very conscious of her decisions and always tries to do the right thing, which had me rooting for her to make a bunch of mistakes so she would be a little more interesting.
Overall, I’m sure Twinmaker will appeal to some of you who enjoy hard science fiction (because there is an abundance of it). For others looking for romance or a light read, this is not it. Twinmaker touches on the theme of “if the technology was available and you could do, go, see, be, change anything, would you”. While I’m not particularly fond of Twinmaker, I did do some research on the author and discovered that he also wrote The Force Unleashed (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed #1) and co-authored a few other Star Wars Novels that I will definitely try. I liked his writing style and techy world enough that I’m sure I would enjoy some of his previous works.
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