The Pretenders (Similars Series #2)

The Pretenders (Similars Series #2)

by Rebecca Hanover


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In this sequel and thrilling conclusion to The Similars duology, Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge.

Emma is still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood. Not only is her best friend, Oliver, shockingly alive, but the boy she loves, his genetic copy, Levi, is still on the island where he grew up, stranded with his deranged guardian.

More importantly, she is grappling with who she really is. Emma can't accept the hard truths she learned last year and refuses to share her secrets with anyone, isolating herself from the Similars and Ollie.

But when more of the Similars' creator's plot is revealed, Emma and her friends will have to try to stop him from putting a plan into motion that could destroy everyone she loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492665137
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Series: Similars Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 22,667
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rebecca Hanover received a BA from Stanford University in English and drama and was awarded an Emmy for Best Writing in 2008 as a staff writer on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America and lives in San Francisco. Visit

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The Pretenders (Similars Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
vphillips88 18 days ago
Okay, the ending totally got me. I'd be impressed if anyone saw it coming. The few things that truly bugged me was the dialogue and descriptions sometimes. I don't understand why Hanover uses the phrase "I exhort" when the MC, Emma, is talking to her friends. You can just use "I say." Simple words exist for a reason. Or "feeling bereft" or "my words divorced from my mouth" which is fancy and I appreciate, but when you use it over four times within the span of 10 chapters, it gets old. I actually got confused on the phrasing, which really isn't something that should derail the reader from the story. It's not as important as the plot and the characters. All authors have to think about how much attention their descriptions will take. But overall, WOW. I loved it and would totally recommend!
Lisa_Loves_Literature 23 days ago
I didn't get a copy of this until after it was published, even though I had it listed as not being published till January, it actually was released in December. So sorry this review is a bit late! This conclusion the story was really good. There were lots of twists and turns, some hinted at in the end of book one. Without giving much away, it turns out that the plot is even more terrifying than was believed in the first book, and what happens at the school, and out in the world itself is more than Emma and the other Similars expect to have to deal with. This story had a lot of action and edge of your seat moments. It was a page-turner and I finished it very quickly once I picked it up, because I had to know where each turn was taking us, and how it would all end. Definitely a great conclusion to a debut author's first duology.
ethankurz 4 months ago
Extremely riveting and spellbinding - I couldn't wait to get to the end, and was shocked at what I found. It presents modern day issues with a very intriguing sci-fi dystopian plot-line all in a natural way that made me feel empathy for Emma and the other main characters. I'm excited for what Hanover writes next! And I hope there is a third book in the series!