Review: The Twinning Project

The Twinning Project
The Twinning Project by Robert Lipsyte
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

This was a very interesting sci-fi premise, one that harks back to a lot of traditional elements of the genre (aliens, hidden powers, clones – or in this case twins – etc).

Before I go any further, I have to get this off of my chest: the most immature scene was when the boys decided to prove that they were twins by comparing the spots on their butt cheeks where they’d been attached until surgical separation after birth. They literally pull down their pants and stand cheek to cheek to verify their story. It’s gross.

Besides that one scene, which I’m sure most middle schoolers would roll with (or, more realistically, laugh at), the book is honestly pretty palatable for people of all ages. It’s geared toward middle schoolers, though. It’s a little more simplistic, not delving nearly as deep into the implications of this scenario as I would have liked, and the maturity level of the two main characters leaves something to be desired. Tom especially is very sketchily drawn; we’re just supposed to recognize and accept that he’s some great misunderstood tech genius who doesn’t play well with others when really he just seems like a rude know-it-all who occasionally has some very deus-ex machina-type gadgets.

I do like the supporting characters, though, and I’m a sucker for stories about kids from the past trying to pass in the present. I haven’t read very many, so the time we get watching Eddie from the 60’s try to pretend he’s a modern millennial was pretty fun. His attempts to get people off of their phones may have been slightly cheesy/unrealistically successful, but I still enjoyed reading about them.

Honestly, what you see is what you get. If this interests you, then go for it. Also, I think there’s going to be a sequel. I have no idea when/if that’s ever going to happen, though, and I’m not really interested enough to find out. The Twinning Project just really didn’t thrill me the way that I’d hoped.

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