Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Joan the Made by Kristen Pham @KristenNPham @GoddessFish

Joan the Made
by Kristen Pham
GENRE: YA Science Fiction


On Joan Fasces' eighteenth birthday, she discovers that she is cloned from the famous Joan of Arc. But being cloned in America comes at a steep price. Segregated and oppressed, clones are forced to act as docile servants to the rest of the Evolved population.

Joan can either run from her fate and spend the rest of her life in hiding, or she can join a Throwback rebellion populated by clones of the greatest leaders in history.


Whenever there’s an unjust rule, I always itch to break it. In general, I try to quash that impulse, since it rarely leads to anything but trouble. But tonight, I decide to give in to my restless desire for freedom, even if it means sneaking out past curfew.

Creeping out of my house, I breathe in the fresh night air. The neatly painted shed beside our house is locked, keyed to Dad’s fingerprint, but I figured out how to hack that ancient technology ages ago.

Inside the small space, a black motorcycle gleams, waiting for me to pull it out of hiding, like Excalibur waiting for King Arthur. Taking it isn’t really stealing, since it’s a birthday present, and I turn eighteen at midnight.

I roll my motorcycle down the street for a block before revving it up. Dad’s been teaching me how to drive manual, but it’s tricky after a lifetime as a passive passenger in our autonomous car.

If life were a movie, the soundtrack to mine would start with the soft crunch of asphalt under my bike’s wheels and the rev of an engine roaring to life. Racing across the open road, free, I’m unstoppable. There are a thousand places I could go and hours till dawn.

If I’m going to pull an all-nighter, I’ll need to be caffeinated. My favorite coffee shop is three miles away, and I keep an eye out for the police, since it’s against the law for an underage teen to drive a manual vehicle.

My motorcycle skids to a stop a millimeter from the side of the coffee shop, and I get off. Released from my black helmet, my long, dark brown hair tumbles down my back, making me feel like a total badass biker girl.

My Review:

Imagine living in a world where people are clones made from famous people throughout history. Then imagine in this world that you have the Evolved and the Throwbacks.

Throwbacks or clones are considered as a lower class than the Evolved. Throwbacks have to bow down to the Evolved so to speak and do as they say or suffer the consequences for their actions. Throwbacks are not even allowed to use the same bathroom as the Evolved. Throwbacks have a curfew that they must obey or suffer the consequences.

Joan Fasces is a young girl who just so happens to live in this world of Throwbacks and Evolved. Joan is about to turn eighteen and on her eighteenth birthday she is tested to see if she is a clone or an Evolved. It turns out that although she has lived her entire life as an Evolved that she is actually a clone. Joan’s world is turned upside down after this discovery.

While Joan is still the same person she is treated differently by everyone. She is no longer one of the elite, no now she is treated no better than a lab rat. Her world is about to change tremendously. She has a whole new set of rules that she must follow now; rules that she has no clue what they are but she will have to be a fast learner if she is to survive.

Leaning new rules may be a bit of a problem for Joan to follow with growing up Evolved. Joan is a strong willed person and believes in standing up for what is right. Can Joan learn the new rules before it is too late?

After getting a taste of this world Joan sets out to change the world and to make life better for the Throwbacks. She meets a group of people, Throwbacks cloned from some very famous people in history who are trying to do just that. Joan is between a rock and a hard place as they say as she is twisted with making a decision that will further change her life. She has a choice to make join this group of people and help them change the world or go on with her life and be a slave to the Evolved. What will she do? Can they change the world? 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kristen Pham is a YA science fiction and fantasy writer who lives for really great fudge, roller coasters, and exploring new worlds via fiction. She lives in San Jose, CA with her children and husband, where she eagerly waits for her kids to turn 11 and receive their invitations to Hogwarts.

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James Robert said...

Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description, excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

Unknown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

Kristen Pham said...

Thank you for your review! I appreciate your insights on the book. :-)

Bernie Wallace said...

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Bernie Wallace said...

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Beyond Comps said...

Great name for a book!