Can we please talk about Orphan Black for a minute? Because OMG it’s so good. While some series lag in its later seasons, Orphan Black just keeps getting better and better, adding to the Sci-fi mysteries and building a complex world that sweeps the viewer along with it. Tatiana Maslany is a force to be reckoned with, playing each clone with so much skill that you often forget she’s the same person. We clearly love Orphan Black here at BookTrib, so much that we’re still Jonesin’ for it, three years after it first premiered.
If you’re not part of the Clone Club like the rest of us, it’s time to remedy that ASAP. Just look at this trailer for season 4 and try and tell me that you’re not intrigued:
The fourth season aired its final episode on June 16 and I’m still not over it. (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!) It was a season that took us on a real roller coaster, pushing the limits of Science Fiction while still staying heart-wrenchingly human. Now I’m just left with a bunch of questions: will Sarah make it off the island? Will Rachel finally get what’s coming to her? Why can’t we have Krystal in every single scene?
All these questions will have to wait until the fifth and final (sob!) season airs in April 2017. But in the meantime, I’m diving into these four clone-inspired books in order to get my much needed Orphan Black fix:
And Again: A Novel, Jessica Chiarella (Touchstone Books, August 2, 2016)
Chiarella’s debut tells the story of Hannah, David, Connie and Linda, terminally ill patients who have all been spared from death due to a new medical program that’s experimenting with cloning. The four get put into perfect versions of their old bodies, curing all their ailments and giving them a second chance at life. But old habits creep back up as addictions return, hard-earned skills are lost in the transition, and each are forced to examine their relationship with their new bodies. The larger what-if questions around cloning in And Again definitely mirror Orphan Black — as well as the intriguing sci-fi premise that’s sure to engage any reader from the start.
Vitro: Corpus Series, Book 2, Jessica Khoury (Razorbill Books, 2014)
In the second book in her Corpus series, Khoury tackles some major moral questions about how far scientific experimentation should ethically go (sound familiar, Orphan Black fans?). With the help of her childhood friend, Sophie Crue goes looking for Skin Island, where her mother is at work on a top-secret project. It turns out that Crue’s mother helped create ‘Vitros,’ human clones with special abilities who are coded to imprint on the first human they see. Things go wrong pretty quickly, leaving Sophie to question all she’s ever known about her mother, science and humanity itself.
Clones: The Anthology, Rysa Walker & Others (Holt Smith LTD, May 24, 2016)
Why pick up one clone story when you can read 10 instead? Some of Sci-fi’s top authors come together to bring you unique and intense stories about clones in this must-read anthology. Devour stories by bestselling Science Fiction authors Rysa Walker, R.D. Brady, Susan Kaye Quinn and many more. Each ponders one essential question (that’s guaranteed to appeal to any Orphan Black fan): How will humanity and morality be tested when we start cloning humans?
The Lost Girl, Sangu Mandanna (Balzer + Bray, 2012)
In her debut novel, Mandanna introduces us to Eva, an “echo,” or copy, who was created in order to replace a girl named Amarra if she ever died. Eva spent her life studying Amarra’s ways, eating what she ate, learning about her friends and trying to match her experiences. When Amarra dies, Eva is forced to leave her life behind in London — as well as the boy she might like — to step into Amarra’s. But since echoes are illegal in India, Eva has to be very careful to hide her true self. With the Science Fiction elements underlining a very human story, this young adult novel is perfect for the Clone Club.