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just started finished binge-watching Orphan Black and have noticed many similarities between it and the three books in my Sue series: Sue’s Fingerprint, Sue’s Vision and Sue’s Voice. If you like Orphan Black, you’ll like Sue!
Of course the Sue stories were not written to copy Orphan Black and vice versa, but the two have similarities.
In Orphan Black, Sarah and her sisters, along with all the creepy brothers, were intentionally cloned by Projects Leda and Castor. In the Sue trilogy, the clones were intentionally cloned by the alien GOO, a substance sent to Earth by a dying alien species. Someone intended to make the clones. Sue and the others were cloned to survive on a dying planet and pass their genes onto future generations. Sarah and her siblings were cloned to prove the concept of cloning for future population growth.
Sarah and her sisters freely live separate lives in society. (I’m not sure if or how many of the brothers do.) They didn’t actually know about each other, nor did they even know they were clones, until their paths crossed. Mrs. S knew, but did not tell Sarah until she started uncovering clues. In the Sue books, the clones are initially contained together as an alien threat. But as their government handler, Ted Stevens, found out, the clones have a higher purpose. Eventually, he released the clones, establishing new lives in society for them.
Although the clones in both series live separate lives, they always come together to help each other get out of trouble. Sometimes that means they get into more trouble, but the clones have a community bond that can’t be broken. And each set of clones has their own handler, as well as the evil corporation or government agency trying to control them. Mrs S. handles Sarah and the other sisters while Topside tries to terminate them. Sue and the clones have DHS Director Ted Stevens to monitor their activities (and help them out of trouble) while the special DHS committee, led by General Gilmore, tries to eliminate the threat from the “alien invasion”.
DNA plays a big part in the two series. In Orphan Black, the complete gene sequence of the clones is the key to unlocking the secrets of the sisters and brothers. In the Sue books, testing the clones by the DNA fingerprint test is first used to prove the clones’ DNA is identical to that of their original people. With identical DNA, Ted convinces the special committee there are no differences between the clones and the normal citizens who happened to touch the goo, allowing him to release the clones from containment on the abandoned military base. (Hence the title Sue’s FINGERPRINT) But later in the Sue series, the complete genome of the clones is sequenced, revealing small mutations specific for the clones. There is a marker in the DNA that can identify Sue and the clones. Sarah and her sisters also have markers in their DNA sequence that identify them.
What about the differences detected in the clone DNA? Whether unintentional or intentional, the clones in both series have genetic mutations. In the case of Sarah and her sisters, the mutations lead to infertility, which doesn’t (for a reason that has not yet been revealed) seem to affect Sarah and (?) Helena. For the brothers, the mutations lead to encephalopathy or other brain damage. (Bummer for the brothers.) For Sue and the other clones, the mutations were introduced during cloning by the goo and resulted in phenotypic changes that help them survive on a dying planet. They learn and develop very quickly. They are able to modify their metabolism in times of hunger or thirst, and regulate their body temperature as the temperature of the environment increases. They are sensitive to UV radiation that forces them to wear sunscreen. The clones in the Sue series pass these mutations, these advantages, on to offspring to help save humanity from the effects of a warning planet. Over many many generations, the clones’ DNA will become the dominant DNA. I do not yet know what will result from the mutations in the DNA of Sarah, her sisters and her brothers.
If you enjoy Orphan Black, I think you’ll like reading my Sue series. There are many similarities between the two which should entertain readers of my books. Give Sue a try! Do the Goo!
Starting on 14-January, running for one month, I’ll be offering a giveaway of Sue’s Voice on Goodreads! Enter to win a free paperback copy of the third and final book in the Sue trilogy! Click on the “Enter Giveaway” button in the ad to the right.
I look forward to sharing my latest book with you and hope you will enjoy it. And I’d be thrilled to have your review on either Goodreads or Amazon. Thank you!
If you are a winner and would like to read either of the other books in the trilogy, Sue’s Fingerprint and/or Sue’s Vision, to learn the entire story of Sue and the clones–starting with the arrival of the GOO–please send me an email using the form on my Contact Me page. I’ll be glad to send you a copy of the requested book.
Sue’s Voice, the third book in the Sue trilogy, is now available!
The clones find more clones!
To read the full synopsis, go to the Sue’s Voice page.
Do the GOO!
Sue’s Voice is coming soon!
The third and final book of the Sue trilogy will be released before the end of the year.
Follow the adventures of Sue and the clones as they welcome a new clone, Suzanne Theodora Jackson, the newborn daughter of Donald and Denise. When they all visit California to meet the baby, everyone is amazed at how advanced this new generation of clones is. In fact, she’s so amazing that Ted Stevens wants to test her DNA.
When Brandy posts a video of her new sister online, a clone from the Netherlands sees the video and makes contact. And this is not the only clone outside of the U.S. Brandy learns there are as many as 14 other clones around the world in addition to herself and her friends and family. She tells Sue about the others, and the two decide to email the other clones to find out as much as they can.
Ted learns about the emails exchanged between his clones and the others. Fearing the DHS Committee will discover the messages and consider it a global alien attack, Ted tries to stop Brandy and Sue. He orders them to stop communicating with the other clones.
Despite Ted’s best efforts, the Committee locates the additional “aliens” on the planet. And they uncover the DNA testing Ted requested; DNA testing that can identify a clone. They take matters into their own hands.
Ted quickly finds himself a prisoner along with all of the clones and those that know them, including the others from around the world. But he fights back. He has a plan and needs Sue to help him. The clones also fight back. And they have weapons to use.