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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
Billy and the Cloneasaurus is one of the most brilliantly constructed and elegantly written satirical stories I have ever read. The entire population of the world is made up of identical clones of a single unassuming and frequently annoying individual. All go about their tasks mechanically, and all have a lifespan of exactly a year. They have one year to live out their dull, monotonous existence before they are 'slurried' and a new clone takes their place. It was a typical death day for the 57th iteration of William 790-6. But things did not happen as they were supposed to and now William 790-6 must deal with ideas, thoughts and events that set him apart from the Earth's 6 billion other identical residents.
Stephen Kozeniewski is one uniquely disturbed individual and I mean that in the very best way possible. Mundane minds could not come up with such wickedly biting satire and lesser authors would struggle to craft such a dystopian world that is both unthinkably different, but very familiar. Horror and humor lurk underneath the matter-of-fact storytelling. Satire, social commentary, post-apocalyptic meanderings, all of these are brilliantly represented and come together in a work that just left me shell-shocked at the end. Billy and the Cloneasaurus takes a simple premise and weaves so many layers of meaning (and numerous jabs at a long list of things) that it made me immediately want to reread the book again, just to see if I missed out on anything. Billy and the Cloneasaurus is a landmark novel that I'd happily recommend to friends, and Stephen Kozeniewski is one author that I'd definitely keep my on.