And Again: A Novel

By Jennifer Chiarella

3 out of 5 stars

Four people with serious health issues are given a second chance on life by being the guinea pigs of a new cloning program. They will get brand, spanking new bodies and parts of their brains will be taken from their old bodies and placed into the new ones so that they have the same memories of their lives. Their is a politician with a brain tumor, a young artist with lung cancer, a woman paralyzed in an accident who can’t even talk and an actress with HIV. They meet each week in a support group and only they truly know what they are going through. Their are differences in the way they feel and what they can and cannot do. A few of them become bonded in different ways. It makes them question just how much of yourself is in your mind and just how much is truly in your heart and soul.

This book has such an interesting premise. You really think about just what you are all about. What would you be like starting all over again? To me, that was the most interesting part of the whole story. Something was just missing for me and I am not sure exactly what. Something just felt a bit flat around the middle of the book.  It was yet another book told in many voices. (I seem to be reading a ton of those lately.) The characters were not hard to like even if at times, I got upset with a few of them but they were thrown into something that would be very difficult. It is definitely an interesting read and a very well done debut novel.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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