Billy and the Cloneasaurus
by Stephen Kozeniewski
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: June 22, 2014
Publisher: Severed Press
Genre: Sci-Fi | Dystopian
Print Length: 166 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Six billion identical
clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th
Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he
will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in
order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and
scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his
Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly.
Unlike other clones he becomes capable of questioning the futility of
his own existence. Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a
windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish,
dinosaur-like monstrosity. Which is especially strange since every
animal on earth is supposed to be extinct…
Dark, haunting, and
blisteringly satirical, BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS is the story of one
“man’s” attempt to finally become an individual in a world of copies.
Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski
Remember high school? Everyone had the same haircut, wore the same type of clothes, liked the same music, as we all expressed our “individuality,” like unwitting clones. What if the entire world’s population was made of up clones with the same likes, dislikes, attitude towards work, if they were all like me, could be fun, who knows? Alas, Stephen Kozeniewski’s world is filled with men named William in his satirical tome, Billy and the Cloneasaurus. All runs smoothly, because everyone knows what to expect, when to expect it and who to expect things from, until William 790-6 faces his expected expiration date and was about to be added into the slurry that fed and helped create the next William to take his place. One mishap and the William recycling machine is shut down and William 790-6 discovers the impossible, life after your expiration date, only to realize that there is more to “living” than being in a boring society where repetition is the norm. Was he learning about what really living is? Was he learning to think for himself? To plan for survival?
Hiding out in the wilderness, William is shocked to find “others” in hiding, attempting to re-build the world as it should be, or as close as is possible. Has he stumbled upon the meaning of really living, of being an individual? He has learned to question his existence. Where did he and all of the other Williams come from? Why was their world created? It only takes one person to think outside of the box to create change, to start a revolution, is William that square peg on a board of round holes?
To be honest, I read the title, prior to the synopsis and was totally clueless as to what I was getting into. Now that I’ve traveled through Stephen Kozeniewski’s world, the brilliance of his tale shines through! With humor, and some jagged edges that will pierce your mind, the realization hits that; this may not be too far-fetched! Has Mr. Kozeniewski found a way to take over our minds, if only for a brief time? There is more here than meets the eye, but if pondering the what- ifs in life isn’t what you are looking for, this is still one heck of a read! The only thing missing is Rod Serling, unless Alfred Hitchcock is available. A tale of clones written in a unique style…hmmm This is reading beyond stepping out of the box, try it, everyone's doing it.
I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.