Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: The Originals

The Originals
Title: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 304
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
The Originals is a short and enjoyable science fiction tale about three triplets who are actually hidden clones.

The Originals follows the story of three sisters who have been hidden away by their mom to keep them safe from being discovered by the rest of the world because they are stolen clones. In order to keep them a secret the world thinks their mother has only one child. Only one of them is enrolled in school and each one of them is assigned a certain part of the day that is theirs, one of them goes out in the morning, one has afternoon, and one has evening. This system works fine until Lizzie meets Sean. Sean and Lizzie fall for each other instantly. Soon Lizzie and her sisters want freedom from their frustrating routine and rebel against it. But then they discover that their mom lied about her job and they catch her going in and out of a secret locked office. What has their mom been hiding from them?

You may have noticed from my earlier reviews this year that I have started to get into more science fiction type books, so when I heard of this one I decided to give it a try. The Originals is overall a good book but I just did not find anything special about it. Their wasn't much action till the end of the book and even then it was brief and not as action packed as one may hope. I felt the pacing of the book was a little off and since the plot wasn't extraordinary the story didn't really have anything propelling it forward. Some parts of it were dry and did not catch my attention. The characters were also a little dry for me. The three sisters/clones did not have much personality to me so they did not add much flare to the book. I also thought the ending was rushed which is a big pet peeve of mine.

The Originals was a fun read but it just did not have anything special abut it that made it stand out. The upside of the book though was that Patrick writes very well. The writing style was very easy and fluid and that was the part of the book that kept me turning the page. One reason I have started getting more into science fiction books is because I find the content can be rather interesting so even if it is not suspenseful the content can still keep you intrigued enough till the last page. My favorite plot line of the story was the complexity of the three sisters pretending to be one person. That was the unique part of the book for me.

The Originals was a quick, easy, interesting sci-fi read that is a great starter book for anyone trying to ease their way into the sci-fi genre.



  1. I have this book as well. Sorry it didn't blow you away. I wonder what I'll think when I read it.

  2. I haven't read a lot of sci-fi, so this might be a good way for me to get into the genre. Thanks for sharing! :)