By: Resa Nelson
Publisher: Mundania Press
Publish Date: December 17, 2013
Format: ARC, 220pgs
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
Recommendation: Yes. You enjoy mystery? This is a new blend of a touch of science fiction that created the 'Sophie's' that need to solve their murder, before it happens.
What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself? Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide. But Sophie has a unique option. Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts. She knows how the duplicator works. Will it work for people? No one knows. There's just one problem: the duplication process destroys the original. The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her. Sophie isn't sure who's trying to kill her or why - but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence. She has created a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure out who the killer is in time to save herself.
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My Thoughts and Summary:
Sophie is on the run. Hiding. Someone is trying to kill her for the information she's uncovered. She suspects who, but not sure. She's left clues hidden where she'd find them, in a form only she would understand. The only thing she has left to do, before the killer gets to her...make replicas of herself to find the clues and figure it out. The problem, the replicating machine destroys the original. Hopefully, one of the multiple selves she creates lives and figures out the clues.
Resa had me from page one. Curiosity flared in me as I wondered what was going on with Sophie and what was happening. I had to keep reading to know. I found this suspenseful because you only know what the duplicate Sophie's know. Which, they have lost the memory of the original Sophie's last two weeks, and all the information and clues tie this time frame in as we acquire it.
We follow the lives of the different Sophie's as they hid and solve the mystery, without dying first. Watch, and learn, as they put the clues together in different areas and with different people that have impacted Sophie's life over the years. I fell into all the characters lives. You got to see how the same person could take different paths in life, one that is very possible for all of us.
I thought it was neat watching as multiples of the same interact, or have to do what needs done for the other selves. The duplicates that are together get to see how they look and sound from a viewing perspective, and know very well the thought that fuels it. It's an eye opener to the observer of ones self and know what they are thinking. Something they learn to try and improve on their selves.
The book has many different aspects it touches on. Their is the science side with the replicator. Which, I will mention, the story is NOT overly science fiction. Detective work to find the killer of Sophie's husband. There is a brief touch on memory psychology with memory. Very interesting seeing all these blended into this story. Even the relations of those you would never realize are there when you speak and see others.
Resa sucked me into the lives of several Sophie's. Made me worry for them and curiosity flare to life with the mystery of who and why. Resa has taken mystery and added an additional element that science fiction can add, creating a blend that keeps us reading.