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From the Author
I wondered what it would be like to walk those icy streets with no home, friends or money, and with the authorities hunting you. I wrote this book to find out.
About the Author
Lexi makes jewellery and silver under her real name, Lexi Dick. She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and has made pieces for 10 Downing Street, Her Majesty the Queen and Lady Thatcher.
- Publisher : Hoxton Press (January 6, 2014)
- Publication date : January 6, 2014
- ASIN : B004VS6XFI
- File size : 2459 KB
- Print length : 287 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,147 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I don't know why Amazon has classified it as "Romance" and another reviewer as "YA". It is neither.
From what I know of human nature I'm not so sure it should have/would have/could have ended that way--but, yes, given the natures of the protagonists, it fit very nicely. See what I mean? One becomes very vested in who the characters are, the choices they make, and what happens to them. The author has top marks for this.
The only drawback I found was that, as an American reader, I found some expressions were not in my Kindle dictionary, and in a couple of cases I could not infer their meaning from context. I had to go to my computer and Google them:
~Argos and Primark, which I assume are store names
~A4, I gather to be a kind of paper
~tosser, seems to mean an unsavoury fellow, a loser
~recce, which, I guess, means having a look-see (I feel perfectly justified in using an Americanism)
I loved the 'looking good for the media' passage (you'll know to which one I refer when you get to that point in the story). What a condemnation of misuse of power by prominent men, without preaching or pontificating! Nicely done.
The plot is so tightly written that it's difficult to discuss without spoilers. You'll just have to read it for yourself.
1. Interesting characters
2. Romance, like nudity in film, should be used in moderation and only present when it advances the story. Too much of it and it becomes boring. Not enough and it's a disinteresting afterthought.
Finding the right balance is tough, but if done right both men AND women will enjoy it. Yes, we guys like romance too, we just don't want to drown in it.
3. The story has to move along at a steady pace. Endless dialogue will put readers to sleep. Nonstop action subracts from and dilutes the story itself.
4. Meet the reader halfway regarding suspension of disbelief. It's safe to say that almost every reader begins a book ready to "buy into" the concept of the tale or they wouldn't have purchased
it in the first place. But don't build a story so absurd that a five-year-old would giggle at the stupidity of the concept.
These four things are the bare minimum that readers have a right to expect. Fail on any of the four and the one star reviews will pile up like flapjacks at an IHOP. "Replica" is the first book I've read by Lexi Revellian. The five stars I've given the book should tell you how she fared on the 4 points. But, truth be told, I got roughly 2/3 of the way through the book and headed back to Amazon. I received a gift card as a gift. There are books that have been on my Kindle wish list since the day I got my first Kindle. Instead of buying some of those books though the first thing I did was purchase 3 more titles by Ms. Revellian. THAT should tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It's difficult to talk much about the merits of this book without including spoilers, but I'm going to try.
1. Before you are 20% of the way through the book enough of the premise has been explained that you will be well past the point of either buying into or not buying in to the premise. All needed suspension of disbelief is spent in the very first act. If you aren't hooked by then, you might as well consign it to Amazon Cloud Purgatory forever. The story was far-fetched enough that I got close to the limit of believability, but I stuck with it and was VERY glad I did.
2. The author does a nifty job with her Maguffin. No, I'm not being kinky. In film, stage, and book terminology the "Maguffin" is the major reveal or plot point. A couple of quick examples that most will recognize; The Maguffin in Empire Strikes Back is that Darth Vader is Luke's father. The Maguffin in any Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple mystery novel usually follows the line, "that means the killer has to be..." You get the idea. The Maguffin here is revealed early on - one person is duplicated and becomes two. Revellian does an excellent job keeping the two people with identical memories, skills, habits, strengths, and weaknesses clearly defined and separate as individuals. That feat isn't as easy as it might sound and the entire book could have fallen apart in lesser hands. Her concept is well thought out and almost flawlessly executed.
3. A mistake made by many indie authors is that they tend to make government agents and agencies either infallible or hopelessly inept. The mistakes made here are within the realm of what would be considered reasonable. They aren't hasty nor are they obviously incorrect in order to advance the plot along. It's easy to see how both the beaurocrats and the "citizens" make the choices that most people would make given similar circumstances.
4. The tale never bogs down. What romantic elements that do exist are well-balanced and, as a male reader myself, were fun to read without being either too schmaltzy or pornographic. I had some problems with the way that aspect of the book ended, but I think most readers will at worst just shrug a shoulder and say, "meh."
1. As I just mentioned, I wasn't thrilled with the way the romantic sublot wound up, but it was so far down on the list of plot points that it didn't detract from the overall story.
2. While I didn't expect a farce, I do prefer stories that have even a smattering of humor to them. Real life is like that. Sometimes people just laugh at the ironic fact that nothing is funny, but in the real world people tend to laugh even in the worst of circumstances. There were times where it seemed like anything that wasn't strictly related to the advancement of the storyline itself was discarded and stripped away. Sure a thriller by definition has to be full of suspense and action, but for my taste humor, even if momentary or extreneous to the tale, is an essential ingredient.
I tend to avoid writing 5 star and 1 star reviews in general. A book is seldom that bad or that good. "Replica" was that good. From start to finish I was caught up in the story and perhaps the greatest weakness was the fact that for the most part everything resolves by the last page and there is precious little room for a sequel. That's a shame. I would have enjoyed spending more time with the people that populate the pages of Ms. Revellian's creation.
The story is written from both the first and third person points of view. It is easy to tell the thoughts of Beth One (original) and Beth Two (replica) apart, as Beth Two is always told through first person. The result is a clearly defined storyline, with the tendency to identify most with the replica. Knowing her personal feelings and struggles really gives her life and makes her the most interesting character in the book. Beth One, on the other hand, felt much more one-note and never totally came off the page for me. She seemed more like a replica to me than the very alive Beth Two. It did have the effect of really stressing the differences between the two Beths, which I'm sure was the point, but I would have liked Beth One to have a more developed presence in the story. I liked that her personality was very different than her replica's personality, but I think it's still possible to have strong characterization in a meek character. We see some growth and she does come more alive towards the end of the book, but her actions and reactions prior to that felt lacking in any personality.
I am of two thoughts about the ending of the book. I really liked the climax of the story, overall. It had a few surprises in store and I liked that it wasn't entirely predictable. I thought the resolution of the conflict added a clever twist. If the book would have ended there, with a tiny epilogue, I would have been satisfied. What I didn't like as much was the very last chapter. That seemed to me a little more unrealistic, and (without giving spoilers) I felt like Beth's behavior seemed uncharacteristic and the result was somewhat disappointing. I would have preferred choices that were more in line with Beth's personality and less of the "perfect package" wrapping.
A really fun and thought-provoking read, this entertaining book is well worth the time.
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Top reviews from other countries
The story starts off looking like it might be more of a science fiction book than a thriller. Beth, the main character, is an ordinary secretary who ends up slightly pressured by her boss, the professor, to try out his 'replication' machine. Initially nothing seems to have happened and so she goes home without giving the experiment a second thought. But unbeknownst to her, another Beth has been unintentionally created - an exact human copy. 'Beth 2' has the same memories, experiences and feelings as the original Beth.
Once you get that bit out of the way in the first chapter or so, the book is all about the second Beth's need to survive and her development from being an anxious-to-please person to someone far more gritty and tough.
Beth2 should not exist, and so her security service creators go all out to try and kill her. In chapter after chapter you get to know the character as she struggles to outwit and outrun her pursuers. As time goes by you see her as a normal human being who has the same right as everyone else to survive and live their life.
*end of spoiler*
When I downloaded this book I was unfamiliar with the author, namely Lexi Revellian so I wasn't sure what it was going to be like. I need not have worried as I was enthralled from start to finish. I read it in two long sessions and although it was a fine length I couldn't help but feel slightly annoyed as I reached the end - I really didn't want to finish this one. The plot is imaginative and the characters and dialogue worked, drawing me into the story.
The only very minor criticism is that everything was resolved just a little too fast for my taste - but as mentioned above, that might have been down to the fact that I didn't want it to end!
An excellent, enjoyable read. I certainly plan to download Ms Revellian's other books as I anticipate they will be just as original and well written.
The original Beth has no idea her doppelganger is running around London, trying to keep one step ahead of MI5.
She runs rings around a totally inept agent called Nick, who's so busy getting cosy with the real Beth, he fails to catch the clone and deliver her to be studied and finally dispatched...allowing the real Beth to get on with her life.
Beth two constantly manages to elude him. In one way, that's what kept me riveted to the story, while at the same time I wanted to scream with frustration at him!
One thing I really liked...Beth Two was written in 1st person, while the rest of the book was in 3rd person. This worked really well, as I could distinguish between the two Beth's.
For me, the characters lacked depth, and I struggled to feel sympathy for any of them.
Also, the way the story ends, came as a bit of a shock...annoyingly so. Hence the 3 stars
Nevertheless, this is well written and has enough tension to keep one reading.
Well, with so many other books in my 'reading pile' I eventually got to this novel some seven months on. There are so many reviews already detailing the story-line I don't feel I need to cover this. What I would say is this, if you can suspend disbelief, something I had no difficulty in doing as this book is so well written, you'll absolutely enjoy it. The homeless aspect really gave me 'food for thought' and made me ponder how such a gentle, vulnerable character could harden up to the ways of the world when she had to.
Once started I couldn't put this book down, it's an absolute page turner, gripping and full of twists and turns. I thought I'd got the end figured out but I got a real shock, which just added to the authenticity of the story. Highly recommended, I'd have no problem with paying the current amazon price of £1.99 for this ebook and will be checking out 'Remix' very shortly.
I hope the author will write more thrillers.
I was agreeably pleased with the ending, which could have gone several ways, but neverthelss felt really sad when it did end: always an indication to me of a really good novel. Well done Lexi. Can't wait for your next book now.