In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.
a clone,created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year oldgirl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenagedclone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created. Elysia'spurpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air thereinduces a strange, euphoric high thatonly the island'sworkers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.
Elysia's newlife on this island paradiseis idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne'shuman residents, the most privileged people in the worldwho should want for nothing, yearn. And, shecomes to realize that beneath itsflawless exterior, there is an undercurrentof discontent amongst Demesne'sworker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care—so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia'smind?
If anyone discovers that Elysia
isn'tthe unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When Elysia'sone chance at happinessis ripped away from herwith breathtaking cruelty, emotions she'salways had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.
The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best-selling author Rachel Cohn, Beta is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a corrupted world.