Billy and the Cloneasaurus

22573585In the future there are Six billion clones on earth. They are brought to life in a factory, they are fully grown and their purpose is to work, spend money and make profits for the corporate masters. At the end of one year the clone returns to the factory and is killed and another exact replica takes its place. Things start to change though when number 790-6 goes to be executed on his birthday and a strange occurrence spares his life.

No one knows that 790-6 survived, they all think that he has been replaced with 790-7. Thanks to this life changing event he starts to question his existence and why everyone lives to serve their corporate masters. He leaves his city to explore and finds a strange-looking windmill and a creature that looks like a dinosaur. Which is weird because all animals are supposed to be extinct. 790-6 meets a man who knows the truth about society. Then 790-6 changes his name to Billy and heads out to tell the other clones the truth about their lives.

Billy And The Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski is a satire that takes a look at a society and how pointless it can be. This is the kind of book that you don’t read for the story as much as you would read it for the message that it’s trying to put forward. I found myself comparing myself to the clones in the story. The clones mindlessly work and consume products and they don’t look for a deeper meaning in life. The clones existence was a sad one and most people in our society are very similar to the clones in Billy And The Clonesaurus.

The thing I liked best about this book was how Billy changes in the story. Little by little you see him grow as a person and you see how he wants to help others to think the same things he thinks. At one point he meets a female and he doesn’t understand the feeling that he has towards her and he doesn’t know how to express himself. Because of this he feels a great hole in himself and he doesn’t know how to deal with it. At this point you see Billy as a kid in a man’s body and you root for him to become the person he wants to be. Another thing I liked about Billy is that he seems to care more about the people around him then he does himself. The whole time he is wanting to be a better person so he can help other people get better also. He shows this at one point when he sees a life form in pain and is horrified while the scientist he is with shows no emotion.

From the beginning I was hooked on the story in Billy And The Clonesaurus. There is a good mystery here because you don’t know how society got to be this way until the end. The ending of this book is both sad and funny at the same time. The most important thing I got from this book was that I started to look at how I’m like the people in this book and what I could do to change. This book has a deep meaning to it that will really leave you thinking.

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