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Rachel Cohn

Cohn's (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, 2006) latest book is a foray into science fiction and the first in a new series. In the future, after devastating Water Wars, wealthy and powerful people have created the paradise island of Demesne and the cloned workers who serve there are emotionless entities. The Beta, Elysia, is one of the first teen clones and she is purchased by the island's governor to be a companion to his wife. Beautiful and athletic, Elysia discovers she can feel, taste, and love and has memories of her First, the dead girl she is cloned from. Yet Elysia must keep her discoveries secret, for fear of being marked a Defect.