The story starts when it is already too late to save the world as we know it. A small group who realized the danger before the rest of the world was willing to accept the truth had started to prepare and plan for the future. They decide the only way to save the human race is to create clones. As the clones start to take over from the originals the story starts to explore the importance of individuality, imagination, original thought, and having differences. It was a quick start and you were soon in the middle of the main issues as the original humans were starting to find themselves obsolete. And it makes you think about what humanity is as the clones take over and it becomes apparent that they think differently, and do things differently. The question comes up of whether they have saved the human race or created something completely new. But even though I found the concept interesting it took me a while to get into this story. Due to the very nature of the characters there is a lack of emotion at times that I found hard to connect to. It took longer to get to know these characters and care for them. In time I did, but it took a while. I would say that if you are at all interested in post-apocalyptic stories (or clones) you should definitely give this one a try.
A post-apocalyptic dystopian novel from before we were calling them that. I loved it back in the 1970's, and it stands up well today. The nature of the apocalypse is vague, and that's just as well, because the important part is what happens to a small group of humans afterwards. They have the capacity to clone, and they do it, but there are problems anticipated and others not at all anticipated. Unexpected consequences. What happens if you're a singleton, and everybody else is a clone?
I think the plot is handled well, and for the most part is believable. Probably Wilhelm would change a few things if she were writing it today, but the story still feels solid. I highly recommend it.
Pretty excellent near future apocalypse tale with clones! Powerful stuff.
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