Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Half Life by Lillian Clark

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, aka Waiting on Wednesday, is a weekly meme originating from Jill at Breaking the Spine and now hosted by Wishful Endings. If you’re interested in participating, stop by Wishful Endings to link up your posts.


There aren’t enough hours in the day for Lucille–perfectionist, overachiever–to do everything she has to do, and there certainly aren’t enough hours to hang out with friends, fall in love, get in trouble–all the teenage things she knows she should want to be doing instead of preparing for a flawless future. So when she sees an ad for Life2: Do more. Be more, she’s intrigued.

The company is looking for beta testers to enroll in an experimental clone program, and in the aftermath of a series of disappointments, Lucille is feeling reckless enough to jump in. At first, it’s perfect: her clone, Lucy, is exactly what she needed to make her life manageable and have time for a social life. But it doesn’t take long for Lucy to become more Lucy and less Lucille, and Lucille is forced to stop looking at Lucy as a reflection and start seeing her as a window–a glimpse at someone else living her own life, but better. Lucy does what she really wants to, not what she thinks she should want to, and Lucille is left wondering how much she was even a part of the perfect life she’d constructed for herself. Lucille wanted Lucy to help her relationships with everyone else, but how can she do that without first rectifying her relationship with herself?

Well this just sounds fascinating. I’m really loving a lot of near-future sci-fi lately, not something I’d ever thought I’d love and yet here we are. Also, haven’t we all thought about cloning ourselves at one point or another to get more accomplished? *looks at all the book bloggers* You know I’m right. 🙂  Half Life is expected June 9th, 2020 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

13 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Half Life by Lillian Clark

  1. dinipandareads says:

    Haha I have to admit that I haven’t thought about cloning myself to get more done because I feel like that would be a procrastination disaster just waiting to happen 😂 But if I could tweak myself to be more responsible and productive then I’d definitely do it (and leave my clone with all the dirty work and so I can have all the fun)! I’m on a blog tour for this one and I can’t wait to read it 😀

  2. ivysbooks says:

    Oooo! the first paragraph in the synopsis had me going: “oh no! hon, its a trap. don’t go there” but she clearly does otherwise there would be a story. haha!

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    Oh my! Yes, I’ve joked often enough about having a clone to share life’s burdens with, but I would never have imagined that someone would write a book about this… A “must read”, no doubt about that 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

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