"A chilling tale of nature vs. nurture, the power of trusting, and the belief in the transformative power of kindness to change who we are. The underlying theme that we can choose to be whoever we want to be, despite what we've been taught, screams from the pages of Copied. I highly recommend this clean, intriguing novel--don't miss it." -Cindy M. Hogan, author of the Watched trilogy Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up. After narrowly escaping with his life, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius, to capture BETA23. Lacey, who can't resist the prospects of a science project this huge, is determined to see the good in their prisoner - his intelligence may help keep the company off Xan's back... forever. But Xan's not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family - and the possibility of losing Lacey.

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By Anne (Columbia, SC) · ★★★☆☆ · March 16, 2014
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy of this book.

Not too shabby for a debut novel.
Especially by an author who was diagnosed with learning disabilities as a child. In Anderson's case, reading and writing were very difficult for her.
I'm always especially impressed by people... ...more
By Sharon (Israel) · ★★★☆☆ · May 11, 2014
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This is a book about Nature versus Nurture and many other seintifics dilemas, e.g; Does a genetically engineered person have a soul? a personality? a will of his own? What about clone? Does... ...more
By Elizabeth · ★★★☆☆ · February 07, 2014
Overall- Cloning. An interesting concept that is becoming more and more popular in the young adult science fiction area. Its certainly an ethical and scientific dilemma that our society currently faces, and is a bit unnerving, considering all the possibilities. I REALLY wanted to like this book.... ...more
By Jeff (Fairlee, VT) · ★★★★☆ · January 21, 2014
You're just a teenage boy, doing the things boys love to do. Then, someone tries to poison you. You're framed for a fire that injures your friend, and further attempts are made on your life. The killer? It's you! Copied, by S.M. Anderson, from Curiosity Quills Press (Amazon link) is a first-rate... ...more
By Stephen (Canton, GA) · ★★★☆☆ · February 05, 2014
Full disclosure: I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Coming at this as someone who enjoys writing as a hobby, I always find it a little difficult reviewing someone else's work. One some level, I have tremendous amounts of respect for anyone who can fashion together... ...more
By Sara (Superior, WI) · ★★★☆☆ · January 10, 2014
When I started this, I was super intrigued. During the middle I got a little bored. At the end? Loved it. So overall, I'm going to give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. A pretty solid rating for a book I wasn't even sure if I'd be able to finish, but I am glad that I did. And I'll tell you right now, it... ...more
By Terri · ★★★★★ · January 27, 2014
* I received and ARC for my honest review. *

What an intense read! Here I am, thinking I am reading the run of the mill YA novel about a teenage boy, going about his life. Then BAM! I'm hit in the face with what is really going on. Xan is just the run of the mill teenager, doing what most boys his... ...more
By Hayley (Canada) · ★★★★★ · March 07, 2014
Copied was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed the story, which was something you don’t see every day. It was original, and fresh. The characters were also pretty cool. The story starts off as a normal, YA fiction book, but soon turns into a cool paranormal book with lots of twists and turns. The... ...more
By Sharon (Austin, TX) · ★★★★★ · December 28, 2013
When Xan is framed for starting a fire that seriously injures his best friend, he loses all his old friends, and instead gravitates towards the uber-smart, Lacey, believing that she may have answers. Together they investigate the arson to find the true culprit. What they find surprises both of th... ...more
By All Things Urban Fantasy (The United States) · October 06, 2014
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

COPIED rather unfortunately lives up to its title. It’s not plagiarized, but it’s hardly original either. The writing is very exposition-heavy, but what made it hard for me to continue reading was that everything happens so fast – there’s no time to set... ...more