Did you like the plot twist at the end?

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Did you like the plot twist at the end?

Post by ashley_claire » 02 Nov 2017, 10:17

We discover toward the end of the book that Jennifer has a twin sister named Jenny and they were part of an experiment involving growing up in different centuries. Did you see this plot twist coming? Did you think it adequately explained things? Where do you think Jennifer and Jenny go from here?

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Post by radioactivelyradiant » 04 Nov 2017, 10:01

I personally am not a fan of the "twin cliche' plot twist. It always feels somewhat shoehorned in as a last resort to make a novel seem deeper or more special.

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Post by ashley_claire » 04 Nov 2017, 12:35

I agree that sometimes it comes out of nowhere as a convenient way to explain things away. I can appreciate that the seeds for her twin were planted throughout the book. I knew some kind of twist with her identity was coming, I just wasn't sure exactly what it was.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 04 Nov 2017, 21:06

ashley_claire wrote:I agree that sometimes it comes out of nowhere as a convenient way to explain things away. I can appreciate that the seeds for her twin were planted throughout the book. I knew some kind of twist with her identity was coming, I just wasn't sure exactly what it was.
I would agree with you, the signs were there that something was coming in that direction. The way it was done just didn't flow very well. In reality, the last 1/3rd of the book didn't flow very well.
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Post by Yolimari » 06 Nov 2017, 16:16

I think the plot twist at the end explained why everyone bought so easily Jennifer’s cover story. They always confused her with her sister Jenny. They looked alike, had similar academic interests, and ability to deal with dolphins. When Jenny emerged, I was not that surprised because the hints were there. As to what I expect from them in the sequels, I would like them to travel in time.
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Post by Christina Rose » 09 Nov 2017, 09:54

It definitely explains why nobody really questioned Jennifer's story, other than the secret DNA testing her family did. But, it wasn't really a smooth connection.

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Post by Cotwani » 09 Nov 2017, 16:35

I found the twists a welcome relief. I kept wondering throughout the book whether the author was setting up a stage for some sort of reincarnation!! However, I would also agree that the twists were not properly refined. They still left me with a 'really?!' moment.

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Post by Christina Rose » 09 Nov 2017, 19:29

Cotwani wrote:I found the twists a welcome relief. I kept wondering throughout the book whether the author was setting up a stage for some sort of reincarnation!! However, I would also agree that the twists were not properly refined. They still left me with a 'really?!' moment.
Exactly how I felt! ?

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Post by Miriam Molina » 11 Nov 2017, 21:03

There were a lot of mysteries which remained. Why were her augmented cells not detected (her greatest fear)? How was the DNA typing conducted when the biological parents were unknown? Why was everybody so eager to have unusual sexual entanglements (they sounded as if they were arranging poker games)?

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Post by Christina Rose » 13 Nov 2017, 13:45

Miriam Molina wrote:There were a lot of mysteries which remained. Why were her augmented cells not detected (her greatest fear)? How was the DNA typing conducted when the biological parents were unknown? Why was everybody so eager to have unusual sexual entanglements (they sounded as if they were arranging poker games)?
I love your analogy to arranging a poker game! ? The conversations were definitely lacking.

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Post by ktrae910 » 14 Nov 2017, 15:49

I expected it because of the other hints to it throughout the book. I would have liked her identity to have been explained differently, however. I was really hoping for an explanation along the lines of one in a million or more chance that the exact DNA sequence could be repeated after several centuries, or something along those lines.

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Post by ZeroChill » 15 Nov 2017, 05:47

I think it was out of the blue, a desperate attempt to give more attention to the book and make it feel mysterious.

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Post by ashley_claire » 15 Nov 2017, 09:03

Miriam Molina wrote:There were a lot of mysteries which remained. Why were her augmented cells not detected (her greatest fear)? How was the DNA typing conducted when the biological parents were unknown? Why was everybody so eager to have unusual sexual entanglements (they sounded as if they were arranging poker games)?
Hahaha, this made me laugh more than it should. I fully agree.

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Post by Quinto » 16 Nov 2017, 03:14

This was a convenient way to explain things away. It may mean the author lacked a more convincing way to advance his plot. So it didn't work for me.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 16 Nov 2017, 08:17

I loved the twist at the end and can't wait for the sequel.

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