All of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson

SOPHIE
All of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (265 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?

Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide. But Sophie has a unique option. Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts. She knows how the duplicator works.

Will it work for people? No one knows.

There’s just one problem: the duplication process destroys the original. The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.

Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence. She has created a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure out who the killer is in time to save herself.

Sometimes death isn’t the end of an adventure. It’s the beginning.

Ms. Nelson did a good job at drawing out the individuality of Sophie’s copies. Despite the fact that they share identical DNA and memories I never had any problems telling any of the new Sophies apart from one another. The best scenes in this book explore how each Sophie reacts to the very strange situation she has awoken into.

I would have preferred to see more time spent developing the motive of the antagonist in this piece. The reasons that were provided were never quite satisfactory for this reader due to how they are described. The omission of certain facts made it difficult for me to determine if I was encountering plot holes or if there were other explanations for why the antagonist behaves in certain ways.

The pacing in this novel was also well done. It begins with a bang and refuses to let up until the last word is wrung out from the final paragraph. I was not expecting the mystery to be so integrated into the science fiction elements of this tale, but the ways in which these genres are seamlessly blended together make it difficult to stop reading.

All of Us Were Sophie is a genre-bending thriller that I wish I could experience again for the first time. I would particularly recommend it to long-term fans of science fiction or mysteries who are interested in trying out a new genre. This book is a good introduction to either one.

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