*Thanks Hardie Grant Egmont for my copy in return for a honest review, this did not affect my review whatsoever*
The Originals by Cat Patrick had me intrigued from page one. Before starting this I assumed it was going to be similar to "What's Left of Me" by Kat Zhang. But rather then 3 people woven into one they were three different bodies - Triplets. The Originals is about Lizzie, Ella and Betsey, 3 sisters who are the result of a secret cloning experiment. Who are now forced to live in secret, splitting the day in parts, known to the world as Elizabeth Best. This is the normal routine for Lizzie and her sisters until they decide things have to change if they want a real life.
Lizzie was a good protagonist to the story and someone I could connect with. The 3 sisters despite all of the drama shared a strong bond. Each of the three personalities were easy to identify and I'd say Betsey was the more responsible, Ella was more content and outgoing, while Lizzie was eager to make a change in the right way. One thing I liked about The Originals was that the switching plan wasn't unrealistic or complicated, in fact it was pretty clever. This plan was thought out by the mother who I instantly could tell was very controlling and to me there was a bit of a dishonest sense about her which is looked into throughout the story.
I quite liked Lizzie but Sean took the bait. Sean Kelly is the romantic interest and such a sweet-heart at that. He's a popular boy who had some geeky qualities too, a perfect combination. I loved that he was so understanding and loyal to the girls. But Cat didn't write him to be 100% ok with everything which was good because it stopped it from being unrealistic. It's not everyday that you hear your girlfriend was cloned from the womb. I mean Sean was just a all around good guy, even his Mom was a cool lady! Lizzie and Sean's relationship was a sweet addition to the story but it didn't take away the focus from everything else that was happening.
There wasn't a big complication in The Originals and there weren't any unnecessary ones either. For example; the captain of the cheerleading team wasn't trying to steal her boyfriend nor was she trying to reveal her identity. Because I'm finding lately that in some stories they take stereotypes too far and there can just be all this drama that is so not needed. I was happy with the ending of The Originals and when I expected it to end it satisfied me with a couple pages more. And I love it when we get to see a bit of the characters future.
The Originals was a great read I read in a short time because it really grabbed my attention. It was close to earning a spot near my favourites shelf, it's something i'd recommend. It's a interesting concept and one I love to see being written well. Cat Patrick is a author that I will be putting on my read list.