Release Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Accendo Press
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords
Everyone is exactly like me.There is no one like me.The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing?My entire life is an imitation.I am an Imitation.I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.And now I have a letter.My assignment has begun.I am a prisoner.I am not Raven Rogen.I am here to die.
Heather Hildebrand! Yo the man! I hope you're thinking of writing PNR or UF in the future, your foray to Dystopia is a hit just like Dirty Blood! Woot!
IMITATION is Heather Hildenbrand's first Dystopian novel. In this world, science has made great advances that people are able to engineer copies or Imitations of themselves. Genetic twins that are put on reserve until the need arises. These Imitations live in Twig City, an underground world where Imitations live and breathe until their Authentic counterparts require their services. Basically they're dummies and in Raven Rogan's case, her Imitation, Ven, was called because there's a threat to her life. In order to preserve Raven, Ven has to take her place and if worse comes to worst, Ven will die for Raven either in the hands of Raven's assassin or via Ven's kill switch embedded in her person.
MY ROLE IS A LIE.
Ven is an Imitation of Raven Rogan, the daughter of Twig City's creator, Titus Rogan. Ven is nothing like her Authentic counterpart, not only is she innocent about the ways of the real world but her personality is the complete opposite of Raven's. She's more compassionate and caring while Raven is a flirt and a snob. As Ven's identity must be concealed, it was painful to see her go through the process of assuming Raven's persona because she wasn't trained to be Raven in Twig City. They just allowed her to develop her own characteristics which is a little odd given the purpose of Imitations but it did provide great contrast for the story. Anyway, not only does Ven bear the attacks of Raven's assassins but she has to emulate someone she haven't even met yet, immerse herself in Raven's world and sometimes, she gets punished for not doing a very good imitation. In this low points, my heart was breaking for Ven. Her helplessness, strong will and isolation was stark! She doesn't have family, if she dies it will be taken like a normal casualty because she's an Imitation, not a person, just a tool, a means to an end.
On a much lighter note, of course the story won't be complete without some man candy. And in IMITATION Linc Crawford is the oh-so-dreamy bodyguard assigned to Raven/Ven. At first the guy was gruff but eventually he turned into an adorable teddy bear towards Ven. When Linc grows up, he'll be like those uber gorgeous UF/PNR heroes we can't get enough of with his street smarts and killer fighting skills. Plus the dude rides a gorgeous motorcycle. Can't get any better than that! Anyway the guy is just adorable, he's very protective of Ven and will likely melt a lot of reader's hearts because of his loyalty and sincerity.
I'VE PROTECTED YOU THIS LONG AND I'M NOT GOING TO STOP NOW. NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU. I WON'T LET IT.
I enjoyed IMITATION not only because I love HHildenbrand's writing style and voice but because she stuck to the plot. It didn't stray from the story with useless backstories and sidestories but instead, HHildenbrand focused on Ven and the world building which is essential in creating a convincing Dystopian thriller. The secondary characters are vibrant but they pretty much took a backseat so our focus remains on Ven and her role in the unraveling of the world as she knows it and consequently, Twig City. Another plus is the lack of a love triangle! I almost felt like jumping up and down when I've come to realize this. Finally! Even the annoying insta-love was nonexistent as Ven and Linc's attraction to each other developed gradually. I breathed a big sigh of relief. Thanks Heather!
IMITATION is a great Dystopian read and as I'm not the biggest fan of the genre, that's saying a lot! I love how HHildenbrand kept the "science" simple and succinct and highlighted the moral conflicts of her characters instead of making it all clinical and cold. The world building wasn't complicated either, she didn't make too many intricate sub-plotting that will take away from Ven's character and her role as an Imitation. The story is character-centric which made IMITATION quite an engrossing but still light and easy read. So obviously, you should GET a copy of the book. If not you can always join the giveaway below and hopefully you win!
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she's not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she's lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.
Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player.