- Series: Replica (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (October 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062394163
- ISBN-13: 978-0062394163
- ASIN: 0062394169
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
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Gr 8 Up—This unusual piece of fiction will be a winner among teens. Written as a "flip book," the volume has two novels in one. Readers will experience the story from two different characters' perspectives. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has always been sickly and alone most of her life. Her existence changes in a hurry when she is followed and questioned about what she knows about Haven, a secret research facility to which her father seems to have a connection. Eventually, she starts to investigate and travels to Florida, where she finds two replicas who are actually clones who have escaped from the facility. Turning the book over, readers get the story from the viewpoint of Lyra, who is one of the clones. Each point of view can be read in its entirety one at a time or in alternating chapters. Oliver has managed to create different tempos and moods in each tale, which allows readers to better understand the characters. Young adults will enjoy this unique reading experience. While the narrative is accessible to middle and high school readers, occasional strong language will make it a choice for older teens. VERDICT Reading this book in alternating chapters as an ebook could prove challenging, so libraries will want to have this hit available to teens in a print format.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
“Electric, heartbreaking, pulse-pounding, and timely. Replica is a riveting two-for-one. Two complex heroines, two puzzling mysteries, two weaving adventures, all in one astounding novel.” (Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen)
“A searing pair of intertwined stories about the line between science and humanity, told with Oliver’s signature grace, uniqueness, and precision. It’s a new story every way you turn it - but always gorgeous, always haunting.” (Marie Lu, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Young Elites and Legend)
“A reading experience not to be missed—or forgotten.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“The unique format [of REPLICA] will draw readers in, and strong writing will keep them hooked. Oliver’s dystopian Delirium trilogy achieved bestseller status, and she’s been gaining steam ever since. Teens will line up for this one.” (Booklist)
“With Oliver’s clever crafting, teens will be clamoring for the next book in the series.” (The Horn Book)
“[REPLICA] will be a winner among teens … Oliver has managed to create different tempos and moods in each tale, which allows readers to better understand the characters. Young adults will enjoy this unique reading experience.” (School Library Journal)
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Gemma and Lyra couldn’t be more different. They don’t know each other or even that the other exits. I’ll start with Lyra because she was who I started with based on the fact that she was the “front” of the cover! Lol! Lyra is a replica. She was made to look human by scientists who seem to be studying diseases and wanting to test possible cures or just new diseases themselves. They’re not good people needless to say. Lyra has grown up with other female replicas as the boy replicas were kept separated from the girls.
Then we have Gemma who is human. Though she’s had a rough life with health issues. Her father is always away on business and is a cold, distant man while her mother is a hoverer and over-protective. Gemma suffers from weight issues and bullying problems. Her only friend is April. They had plans to go to Florida over spring break but the trip is cancelled when a bullying prank goes wrong and her father demands that she stay home. It’s when there was an attempted kidnapping of herself that Gemma started to do a little investigating. The ramblings of the kidnapper started her thinking and it’s not long before she learns of a place called Haven and how her father was connected to it.
Each part of the girls’ story runs over 200 pages, so it’s almost at the 100 page mark that their worlds collide. So the beginning portions of each of their story start off a tad slow. It took some time to build into the story at large, but once we got to that point it was smooth reading until the end! Gemma gets a ride to Florida with an unexpected person from her school who turns out to be genuinely nicer than anyone other than her best friend. She plans to nose around Haven and see what they’re all about, but nearly as soon as she arrives, Haven explodes!! This book is seriously twisted, but that’s what makes the best kind of reads!
As I said before, I think that reading the book by alternating points of view is the best way to go about it. The first few chapters lets you see into each girl’s world and what they deal with. Once their worlds collide, it becomes easier to read through alternation. Some bits get repeated but you’re on the other end of the conversation or whatnot, so you do learn more and see the conversations differently. It’s not a direct repeat anyway, so you won’t feel bogged down by having to repeat a scene.
This story is pretty intense too! There is so much mystery surrounding Haven and when Gemma learns her father has a connection with it, the mystery only seems to thicken! By the end, you’re still left feeling unsure of things and what will happen next, but there’s a very decided air of danger. Haven is trying to cut all loose ends and possibly just start over elsewhere but with two of their “patients” missing, well things are going get to pretty messy indeed!
We do get some answers though. There’s one in particular that was especially mind-blowingly awesome! I guess I was so wrapped up within the story that I didn’t really see it coming. That happens sometimes and honestly, I like it! Guessing the answers is always fun, but so is being completely taken aback with shocking reveals!
There is some romance going on in this one as well for both heroines. It was done nicely too, in a way that doesn’t take over the entire storyline.
Replica was by far one of the most intriguing books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. And not just in the way I read it where I go back and forth with flipping the book around. The story itself was unique as well. It’s an exciting and thrilling kind of story and I am most eager in seeing what will happen next!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars
As for the writing style, I wasn't impressed. The author used so many metaphors, over and over again. "It felt like a knife in her chest." "she felt like she'd swallowed a wet roll of toilet paper." "She felt sandwiched between two sheets of glass." And the attempts to describe the feelings between two adolescents regarding their awakening sexuality- awkward and read like a cheesy romance novel.
I read Lyra first, then Gemma. Very interesting concept to show two sides of the story. In overall, I enjoyed Lyra's story more. Gemma was being whiny at the first 80 pages, perhaps a downside to match the pace of Lyra with more introduction as a replica. Though human clones or replicas are subject to individual's belief, I hate the people referring to them as "it", treating them as lab rats.
"We're not humanitarians. We're scientists. And they're subjects. End of story."
Yes, I hate this.
Though the pace picks up a little after Lyra and Gemma meet, there's lack of actions and sci-fi elements in the book. Could it be coincidence? I read a lot about obesity girls in a few YA novels recently. A new trend in YA? In overall, Replica is an enjoyable read. The plot twist and suspense at the end of the story makes me anticipate on what will happen next.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Thanks Harper Reach for the ARC copy of the book.