Publisher: Severed Press
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life.
Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly. Unlike other clones he becomes capable of questioning the futility of his own existence. Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish, dinosaur-like monstrosity. Which is especially strange since every animal on earth is supposed to be extinct…
Dark, haunting, and blisteringly satirical, BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS is the story of one “man’s” attempt to finally become an individual in a world of copies.
There were moments where it bordered between Horror and Science Fiction and I liked how the two melded together.
My Two Bits
The first few chapters had me scrambling. It was an entirely new concept for me and I had a great time figuring things out alongside the year-old, jaded Will aka 790-6. We arrive just as he's about to be slurried. The machine breaks. Suddenly, Will has an extra day in life. And that extra 24 hours is all that he needs to start questioning the world around him. Awkwardly though, he's in charge of his replacement for a hours. Here things begin to snowball and Will questions everything.
He ends up finding a place in the woods where we meet the Cloneasaurus. I love that mooing bugger. Wish there was a bit more of that pet but I might be bias. I like animals more than people, so there's that.
Will eventually wants to be an individual and becomes Billy. Billy is also a threat to the Corporation and they'd do anything to keep what they've built. Billy isn't the first clone to find questions and it seems he's facing a bigger problem than just a few clones.
I liked the character development of Billy and the other Will's. I liked the big conspiracy and the wonder that came with this newly invented world as well. The pacing was fast and the characters, though mostly the same, were different. I was a bit disappointed for a while as a big relationship and new age was approaching but I think a lot of horror and sci-fi fans would like how things turn out.
About the Author:
During his time as a Field Artillery officer he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.
He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s is in German.
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