Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Your One & Only

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from he...

Details Your One & Only

TitleYour One & Only
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Your One & Only

  • Carrie
    Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay is a young adult science fiction fantasy read that has a side of romance to it. The story is told by alternating the point of view between the two main characters in the book Althea-310, a clone, and Jack, a human created by the clones.The story is set in a city known as Vispera that has been the home to a group of clones for 300 years since the end of human life due to a plague. Before the humans died out they ...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*3.5/4“Whatever son really meant, to [him] it was painful, dazzling, and the only thing that mattered.”A simple though rich concept executed with skill and intelligence. Absolutely recommended.RTC
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    How foolish we were, to act as gods. You know the book is good when you don’t know how to write a review for it and when despite your reading slump and the feeling of constant, impending doom you still made time to read it.Althea-310 is one of ten Altheas of her generation (and one of the hundred Alteas from ten different generations, all simultaneously living at the time the book takes place). Her species calls themselves Homo Factus as oppos...
  • Tudor Vlad
    Your One & Only is a beautiful and at times heartbreaking story of acceptance and of love in a world that has lost its touch with what it means to be human. The book presents a welcoming new take on clones in a science fiction world that seems living and breathing due to Adrianne Finlay’s writing which enwraps the whole story in a prose that is thrilling and full of emotion. Far away in the future humanity has died killed by a plague, and now t...
  • Ashley
    Such a great read! It is very refreshing take on clones, and nothing like I have ever read. It was just one of those books that I couldn't put down, and when I was finished with it I wanted to read it again and again. I can't wait for this book to come out so I can read it over and over again. It is a real page turner, and I can't wait to share it with my friends. A must read for any science fiction/ fantasy fan.
  • Jackie
    This was eye opening for me. I started slow, unsure about the Sci-Fi elements, thinking it wouldn't appeal to me, it's certainly not my usual taste. It didn't take long though (just one subway ride of uninterrupted reading) and then I was hooked! The world building, the characters... I can't wait for a friend to read it so we can talk about it! So much to think about.*Disclosure: I work for HMH, but I do not review HMH titles unless I feel extrem...
  • Sheryl Martin
    I received an advanced copy of this from Netgalley for an honest reviewThis one started out slow for me and I wasn't too sure about the sci-fi elements but it ended up pulling me in. The world building and the characters were so believable and it was just so well written. I just felt like I was living the in the world of the book. I'll be buying this one and recommending it to everyone!
  • Debra
    What does it mean to be different? To be the only one of your kind?What does it mean to be the same? What if you were the same but you felt different?What is acceptance? Jack is the only human living among clones. Clones who see themselves as being the normal ones and Jack as being an anomaly. He is erratic. He has his own thoughts and does not resemble anyone else. He experiences emotions and acts on them. The majority of the clones treat him wi...
  • Aneta Bak
    For 300 years, the Homo factus species have survived in a post apocalyptic world dominated by the Snow Plague. There is a new generation of Homo factus every 10 years, using 9 different sets of DNA to make 10 copies of each sibling. Althea-310 is different than her 9 sisters, by carrying a small scar on her hand. No one wants to be different, especially when your other sisters are perfect, but when she meets Jack, the only human in the compound b...
  • Caitlin
    5 stars! Surprising, fascinating, touching. I loved this book! A love story wrapped in a futuristic tale of a world where humans have brought about their own destruction, and in their attempt to save themselves they've created something new and supposedly "better." But, the story asks, what has been lost along the way, and what will it take to get that lost humanity back? This is the kind of book that makes you stay up too late because you have t...
  • Jessi
    Your One & Only had me intrigued from the moment I read the back of the book. It deals with a future where humanity has become extinct and in our place, clones live. Everything about it is so intricate and plausible. It took a few chapters to really draw me in though, but once it got going boy did it hook me! It has all the vibes of The Giver and even a little Divergent. What I loved about this book was the concept, the alternating points of view...
  • Julia
    This book was a start - stop - start again - stop again - eventually finish for me. This Sci-Fi story is set in a world where humans have been extinct for a good 300 years. In this world of cloned GMO-humans the only non-GMO human is different. He's not the only one though. Even seemingly identical clones are different too, or aren't they? What I liked: the world-building, the idea of cloned generations based on only nine people.What bugged me: t...
  • Amanda Uechi Ronan
    Very strange mix of Judy Blume's Forever, Lois Lowry's The Giver, and the latest iteration of Battlestar Galactica with some Children of the Corn cult horror thrown in for good measure. The story revolves around a community of Cylons -- err, I mean 'Homo factus' -- living a predictable, sterile life when a non-GMO human boy is thrown into the mix. I love sci fi so was intrigued from the outset, but the storytelling became so obsessed with 'pairin...
  • Madison
    Your One and Only is a compelling YA science-fiction novel that tackles the complexity of love, compassion, community, genetic engineering, and what it means to be human.Althea-310 is one of ten Althea sisters from the 310 generation, one of nine homo factus models that make up their community. When the leaders of the community reveal that they have created a human from genetic remains, Althea-310 is shocked by how unlike one of her brothers and ...
  • Aurora
    I don't know where to start with this book because there's just so many good things I want to say about it. Simply put: I loved this! I did not want to stop reading this and I was obsessed with it. This book is incredibly written with amazing character development and has such a powerful message of what makes us 'human', the dangers of technology and love.It's the same Earth, but different species: homo factus aka clones. There are nine models wi...
  • dina
    How foolish we were, to act as gods. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book realized my expectation for things that I would love to read in a book. Does that even make a sense?I love seeing the lack of humanity in this book and how it criticize our current one. It's diverse and it's quite not at the same time.The clones, or Homo factus have been inhabiting the Earth for 3 centuries after t...
  • Emily Ross
    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley.This was a beautiful story about acceptance, fitting in and what it means to be human. The story was slow at points which made it a bit difficult to read. I thought it showed a brilliant example of personality differences between various clones. Althea, Carson, Sam and Inga were all undeniably different to their clone batches and it was beautiful. I particularly found...
  • April
    Seriously that is it, that's the ending....Review to come.
  • Bev
    Jack is the only human left (or so he thinks) in a world populated by manufactured clones. He is an experiment, an oddity. And yet he has a special relationship with one clone, who is like a father to him, and he is strangely drawn to another Althea. This dystopian story has strong ethical themes running through it and is certainly very thought provoking. I wanted to read more about Jack and Althea and I hope there will be a second book to enjoy.
  • Becca von Zweck
    a very strange and unique book. Wouldn't call it a favorite but I did enjoy it. It was weird, but intriguing. I found it hard to put down, the suspense pulled me in. Poor Jack put up with so much and I enjoyed reading from his point of view. Althea could have had a little more substance and I would have liked to see more of the relationship/history between jack and sam, and even jack and althea, whom I didnt see much of a connection between. But ...
  • Kester Nucum
    Review to come!
  • Hannah L (Reviewer)
    The world has ended and there are only clones left over. Well, clones and Jack, the last living natural and normal human. The clones made Jack to resurrect much needed parts of their human pasts. For Jack though, this means being the odd man out of the community in the realest sense possible. A complete loaner and outcast, Jack beings to feel for one of the only clones that has ever been kind to him, Althea-310. Althea has always felt a little di...
  • Wendy Wilcox
    I had been looking forward to receiving an ARC for this book and it did not disappoint! Finlay constructs a fast-paced, futuristic tale that combines the social commentary of The Giver with the clinical rawness of Brave New World into its own unique vision of our future.In a world where "different" has absolutely no place, Althea-310 struggles to suppress her uniqueness. When she meets Jack, a human and one-of-a-kind in a world of clones, she is ...
  • Matthew
    I received an advanced copy from someone that I know, so I hadn't heard about this book before. At first, I wasn't so sure about the sci-fi parts of this book, but I came to love it. I stopped reading it for a while but then decided to give it a second chance, and I enjoyed it more the second time. I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction.
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received an ARC of HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. You know that book you have on your TBR – the one with a BEAUTIFUL cover and all the write plot points you love that you just can’t WAIT to read but for some reason or the other, don’t get to it for the longest time? Well, that is what Your One And Only was for me.I k...
  • Lindsay
    Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they've perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack? While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she's different from her s...
  • Breanna
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC received through NetGalley.If you’re looking for a unique YA Dystopian story with excellent execution, skillful writing, and great characters, look no further than Your One & Only. What seems like would be a typical YA Sci-Fi novel, rife with tropes and romance-heavy, Your One & Only actually focuses on plot and character growth, with the romance riding shotgun, much to my pleasant surprise. The con...