Billy And The Cloneasaurus – Stephen Kozeniewski
What can I say about this book? At first glance it would appear to be a comedy. The cover certainly lends itself to that perception. In reality, this story is more of a tragedy that will evoke emotions of sadness, futility, and perhaps even anger. Perhaps dark comedy would be more fitting, but even then that doesn’t quite fit. In many ways, it has more to do with social commentary than anything else. What I can tell you is that I freaking loved this story. It was outrageous in all the right ways. A story where all the characters look exactly the same and essentially have the same name, and yet Kozeniewski did a masterful job of never confusing the reader regarding what Will was talking. It’s one of those stories you want to share with friends — one you want to talk about and explore.
I thought to myself, “Aww, this will be a cute little story. Maybe a little different.” Well it was NOT a cute little story, but it definitely was original and creative. Kozeniewski, takes the modern world and shows us what greed will get us. The dark hole that is commercialism and whose pockets we line when we spend frivolously and lead unobservant lives. At the same time, showing a darker side to science and what happens when it meets the corporate world.
If you are looking for an awesome story that is unique and fresh then I recommend this book 100%. Kozeniewski has just gained a follower in me and I can’t wait to check out his other books. You can find his books on Amazon in the Kindle format for $3.99 or for $8.99 in paperback.
I would just like to say I do not often give five stars or in our case five OWLS for books. Nor do I often feel compelled to buy the hard copy of an E-Book, but I have to say I’m very tempted.
Synopsis: Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life. Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly. Unlike other clones he becomes capable of questioning the futility of his own existence. Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish, dinosaur-like monstrosity. Which is especially strange since every animal on earth is supposed to be extinct… Dark, haunting, and blisteringly satirical, BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS is the story of one “man’s” attempt to finally become an individual in a world of copies.
During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German.
Check out his author blog here
*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.