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The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent
Kathryn Morrow, James K. Morrow

Review: The Clone Codes (Clone Codes #1)

The Clone Codes #1 - Patricia C. Mckissack;Fredrick McKissack;John McKissack

A very ambitious project that works better than I'd expected for a short book attempting to tackle so much.


The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, though.


All the depth here is thematic. The characters feel a bit shallow, but it's also middle grade tackling the horrors of slavery and discrimination by both literalizing the past in VR and introducing analogous situations to Jim Crow and slavery backed by actual court decisions. 


Like I said, ambitions. And MG. Impressive, and easy to read in a day.