Death of a Clone by Alex Thomson – Book Review

Death of a Clone by Alex Thomson – Book Review

Just read Death of a Clone by Alex Thomson. I picked it up at random in a Waterstone’s, based on the cover and the idea. The core concept that earth has populated an asteroid with clone’s and set them to work, is a fascinating one.

Like a lot of good science fiction, this book is almost faction – somewhere down the line. Because we have the ability to clone sheep, we just haven’t made it to homo sapiens. Yet. And fast forward a few decades, with an earth that’s maybe desperate for ores readily available on asteroids. And perhaps it’s not that far-fetched to think we would bend the ethics around cloning.

What I’m saying is this book is fundamentally set around a good idea. I am not quite sure however about the clash of genre between this as a good sci-fi book and the plot which is a ‘whodunnit?’ Leila’s sister, Lily is murdered and she resolves to find the culprit. I can see how the genre-bending muddies a little where this book should sit on the shelves. Crime/thriller lovers may not go to the sci-fi section for it, and sci-fi lovers might not pick it up if it’s too crime/thriller-y. I hope that hasn’t affected sales which would be a shame, because this book is well paced and suspenseful.

Ultimately, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers, the ending is enigmatic, and Alex Thomson does what all good writers do – smudges a little ambiguity around a poignant conclusion. By the way, I couldn’t help noticing when I googled Abaddon Books who published Death of a Clone, that a lot of their titles are endowed with really great central concepts and packed with fresh ideas.