Book Review: Clay by Tony Bertauski

April 27, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Dystopian, Horror 0

Book Review: Clay by Tony BertauskiClay by Tony Bertauski
Series: Halfskin #2
on April 18th 2014
Narrator: David W. Dietz
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Genres: Dystopian, Horror
Pages: 278
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Jamie wants to be a halfskin.

Her life has become dull and pointless. If she had more biomites, the synthetic stems cells that promise hope and healing, she could take control of her life. But Jamie’s body is already 49.9% biomites. The rest is clay—her God-given organic cells. Anymore biomites and she becomes a halfskin. And halfskins are shutdown.

But there is a way.

Black market biomites, called nixes, can’t be detected by the government. She’d have to sacrifice her clay, but nixes can make her halfskin without anyone knowing. But first, she has to find them.

Nix Richards can help. He’s the first halfskin to escape the government and Jamie has something he wants. He’ll need her to help him find a fabricator to build a human body. He’ll betray anyone to get it, even those closest to him.

This psychological thriller will keep them second-guessing every move while they elude Marcus Anderson and the governing agency that seeks to rid the world of biomites. But in the end, they’ll all discover just how deep the betrayal goes.



My Thoughts

This is my fourth from Tony Bertauski and yet again he is able to leave my jaw laying on the floor.

There is just something about the Sci Fi that he writes that makes me think that this cannot even be THAT far into the future. People are thinking about this! Bertauski is a zeitgeist, ahead of his time and thinking of things that will come to pass.

The scary thing about that is that this is dystopian. It’s horrific and I can see hundreds if not thousands of people wanting to go against Mother but I can also see those that would embrace and think this technology will save humanity.

I’m not even talking characters and plot yet and there is THAT much in here. So many interesting thoughts that I had to give myself time before I could write the review JUST to wrap my brain around all of this!

But, as in other books by Bertauski, the characters are there. The plot is definitely there. The narration jumps back and forth a bit but I was able to keep up with it for the most part. His books are like this and I think it is great because the reader gets to see all points of view, not just the main character. If we were stuck with Nix we would have no idea what really happened inside the warehouse at the beginning, and that was a phenomenal start to this story!

David W. Dietz does it yet again. I’m so glad they kept the same narrator. I was in love with his rendition of book one and loved it all the more in this one. There is just something about his intensity that adds to the dystopian feel. It adds that anxiety that the characters are supposed to feel. The audio was amazing and this might be one that I listen to again just because this is a deep story. I normally would switch to reading if I wanted to get more out of a story, but this one just lends itself to be heard.

Amazing story, fantastic writing, and great audio make me want more from Bertauski!

For a complete review of the audio version, please see the review over at AudioBook




The Author

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I’ve written textbooks on landscape design, but that was straightforward, informational writing; the kind of stuff that helps most people get to sleep. I’ve also been writing a gardening column with a humorous slant. That takes a little more finesse, but still informational for the most part.

I’m a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I’d rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That’s the sort of stuff I wanted to write, not the assigned reading we used to get in high school. I wanted to create stories that kept you up late.

Fiction, GOOD fiction, is hard to write. Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it’s only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.


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