The Only Ones

The Only Ones

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"Inez wanders a post-pandemic world, strangely immune to disease, making her living by volunteering as a test subject. She is hired to provide genetic material to a grief-stricken, affluent mother, who lost all four of her daughters within four short weeks. This experimental genetic work is policed by a hazy network of governmental Ethics committees, and threatened by the Knights of Life, religious zealots who raze the rural farms where much of this experimentation is done. When the mother backs out at the last minute, Inez is left responsible for the product, which in this case is a baby girl, Ani. Inez must protect Ani, who is a scientific breakthrough, keeping her alive, dodging authorities and religious fanatics, and trying to provide Ani with the childhood that Inez never had, which means a stable home and an education" --
Publisher: [Columbus, Ohio] :, Two Dollar Radio,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781937512279
1937512274
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 19 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

The Only Ones is your average mother-daugther story, except the setting is a post-apocalyptic wasteland ravaged by disease and the daughter is a clone (this is all established early on).

Inez is in many ways a typical mother with typical worries who has a way of earning the reader's sympathies. If she were someone you met in your daily life, you'd likely find her irritating or far from interesting, but given a window into her mind, she becomes your very own mother, the good and the bad. It is this universal mother that shapes this story and gives it its strengths.

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