This was one of my favourite books as a child. The image shown is the hardcover version which I first read. I acquired a copy of the paperback version. I have to admit, I was excited to find that there was a signed version of this book available on eBay when I did the image search.
The story takes place in 2019 Australia. A couple of the clones in the story are almost adults, so in theory, they would already have been created in today’s society. Weird…
Arthur Dunn is a Clone Catcher who is hired to track down the clone of Lady Kate Montagu, a dying woman in Perth. He is brought in by her husband, Sir William and is paid top dollar to retrieve Mary, Lady Kate’s clone. The book delves into many ethical questions that are quite mature for this book’s intended audience of pre-teen. Things like giving a clone her own name and allowing her to live a real life, knowing that she was meant to be “parts” for Lady Kate. Most clones are kept in a compound and the one on the Montagu property is one of the best in the world. They keep their clones as happy as they can be until they are needed.
The mystery behind it is also very sophisticated but is explained very well. This is a book I would love to see turned into a movie someday. The twists and turns could certainly net a decent sum, I’m sure! Though the story is quite mature, it is still suitable for the young adult reader in your life. It certainly has been one of my very favourites and hope it becomes yours too.