Author: Matthew FitzSimmons
This is my 31st read for the year
This is the story of Chance Harker. Five years ago when he was sixteen, he and his brother were killed when a kidnapping for money went wrong. Thanks to cloning that is available to the very rich, Chance is revived as a clone but wakes to grieving parents that are angry and bitter. Chance spends the next 5 years doing death defying feats for his adoring fans running throuhg 5 clones without thinking of the consequences.
A week after his last revival he awakes to find out that he has been accused of murder. Because his memories did not get refreshed before he was killed, he has no idea what happened and who he murdered or why. This starts him on a path to get to the bottom of the reason he and Marley were kidnapped and killed all those years ago and this changes his path forward forever.
This is a second book in a series called "Constance". I read the first one last year, and really enjoyed it. A bit of a dystopian future novel - right up my alley - where people are able to keep clones in reserve at in case of their untimely death, but it is available only for the very rich. The story of Constance from the first book and Chance here in the second are interwoven about half way through the book as Chance pieces together what lead to his and his brother's death. It is well written I would say for about 3/4 of the book, but the ending unraveled a bit for me (writing quality wise), and then redeemed itself in the last few pages. It is left on a bit of a cliff hanger, so my thought (and hope) is there will be a 3rd book eventually.
Good science fiction series and a short book..