"A determined kid finds the truth about cloning"
Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted February 25, 2014
Young Adult Adventure | Young Adult Science Fiction
Hildan had an ordinary life, until he found out about
matters he had no way to understand - at first. His
parents had been told that he might be born with a major
health issue, and a medical company offered to clone Hildan
in case he needed new organs. They would look after the
clone until it was needed. The curious and confused boy
asks to visit his clone, thinking it will be in a tank of
liquid. Instead he meets a schoolkid just like himself.
ME2 follows the determined boy as he investigates
the medical laboratory belonging to a company called
Stuqe. This firm has bought up an entire small town and
likes to keep its business secret. Hildan and his parents,
the Hegennerys, can now discuss the issue that had been
kept from Hildan when he was younger. They meet a similar
family, whose daughter unfortunately was not so lucky as
Hildan and is in poor health. If saving her means taking
organs out of a girl exactly like her, is that right?
Hildan wisely asks the meaning of words he doesn't
understand, such as ethics, and stocks, when he hears that
the stocks in Stuqe are nosediving after news started
spreading. People at the top of the company will do
anything to avoid their dodgy dealings being discovered,
and life becomes dangerous for Hildan's family.
Young adults will fly through ME2, science details
and all, as the heart-pounding adventures just keep
coming. The settings are well described, from the sterile
corridors of the lab building to the sweaty uncertainty of
the incinerator room, and an offshore island fringed with
genetically adapted trees which stay green, if wilted,
during winter. Hildan seems simple to start with, living
in a town where nothing happens, but he quickly adapts and
his dogged determination shows through as he fights for his
family and his newly acquired brother.
Jourdan Cameron is highlighting discussions about
human cloning that will need to take place. Everyone in
must understand what is involved or those with the most to
gain will influence legislation in ways that the rest of us
don't approve. This book would make a great family talking
point or class study, with many opinions being aired and
much fuel for debate. Young science fiction fans will also
enjoy this good read. ME2 is an exciting story well
and simply told.
Learn more about Me2
Hildan Hegennerry was an ordinary kid- he had good parents,
a great best friend, and a clone. Well, that part's not so
ordinary, is it?
Join Hildan on an action-packed adventure as he unveils dark
secrets and discovers what it's like to have a brother.
Me2 (also written as "Me Squared") is more than an
adventure- it also tackles some very important issues
regarding bioethics and human cloning- whether anybody likes
it or not, the future is coming, and with it come questions
without obvious answers. Me Squared dares you to begin
thinking about those questions right now.
I felt a little guilty that day. I skipped school because
I just didn't feel like going. It wasn't for anything
awesome, like a trip to a chocolate factory- I just didn't
want to go, and my parents didn't care enough to force me as
they left for work in the morning. My mom called the school
and told them that I need some time for "rest and
contemplation." I guess I have pretty cool parents. Then
again, after that day, I never wanted to skip school again.
I was sitting in my living room watching some court show
on television when a few loud, fast, obnoxious knocks came
from my front door. My parents told me to just ignore
anybody who comes to the door- safety around strangers and
all that. I turned the television up louder and hoped that
whoever it was would leave- maybe the person at the door
would think that I couldn't hear them and would come back
Then, the knocks came again.
"It's urgent, Hegennerry, open up!" There was a gruff
voice at the door- this guy knew my last name and even
pronounced it right- maybe he wasn't some stranger? I was
kind of nervous, but I wanted to know who he was. He banged
on the door again as I ran down the hall, and through the
frosted glass door I saw the shadow of a man in a trench
coat. My hands were shaking a little as I opened the door.
Before me there stood a man- he was kind of old, and had a
face full of lines- most of them were on his forehead, and I
guessed that he spent most of his spare time frowning.
Little wisps of white hair sat in a circle around his head-
this guy was going bald.
"Young Mr. Hegennerry, I presume?" He sounded bored- even
if he knew my first name was Hildan, he didn't seem to care
enough to use it.
"Yeah, that's me. Who are you?"
"Where are your parents?"
His coat was unbuttoned for some reason, and it unfurled
like a flag in the chilly November wind, revealing a white
tuxedo underneath. I stared at it for a moment before
"They're at work, do you want me to-"
"Tell them that the trials were a disaster."
The man quickly turned around and walked away. I watched
his coat flapping in the wind as he made his way off our
porch and headed for the street. He got into a small gray
car that was parked on the curb, and I decided to shut the
door before he noticed I was still staring at him.
I went back to watching television and forgot about the
mysterious man until my parents came home.
"So mom, how was your day?"
She shrugged. "Pretty ordinary. We got another box of
kittens." My mom runs an animal shelter- it's a surprisingly
dull place. Of course, this is a surprisingly dull town. I
mean, it's not boring- we have museums and stuff- it's just
that our local newspaper is full of stuff that happens in
other towns, because nothing happens here.
"Nothing interesting, huh?"
She paused for a moment.
"One of the kittens wound up named Bartholomeow. That's
it, really." She went upstairs to take a shower as my dad
got started on dinner.
Later that night as we were sitting around the dinner
table, I told my parents about the visitor. I wasn't used to
seeing them worried, and when I told them what happened,
they both started acting like they were different people. It
was as if they were scared that the man who was at the door
never drove away, and he was about to crawl out from under
the table and burn our house down.
"He said that the trials were a disaster? Did he tell you
about the advan- did he tell you anything else?"
"No. He got in his car and left."
After exchanging a look, my parents calmed down pretty
"He was probably from the DMV," said my dad after a long
silence. "I think he was talking about the trial- you know,
that new emissions test. That's probably it."
"Probably," I muttered. I could tell my dad was lying.
Seriously, did he think I was still five or something? I
knew that something was going on- I just didn't know what.
That night, I stared at my ceiling for a good long time. I
had no idea what was going on- were my parents crooks? That
guy looked like he might've been in the mob, or maybe the
FBI. That would explain the tuxedo.
I don't remember much of the next morning- I was half-
asleep as my parents practically dragged me to the car. It
was still pretty dark outside as I fell asleep in the back
As I dozed off, I caught little pieces of conversation.
"…I hope they don't get rid of him."
"I won't let them," my dad sighed. "He's worth too much
Before I heard the end of his sentence, I was asleep.
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