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Replicate continues the story of eighteen-year-old Blaine Colton, beneficiary of Ramer’s Cure, which has cured his hereditary degenerative mitochondrial disease, but may itself be a death sentence. His childhood friend and potential girlfriend, Sophie, is now working in scientific research at the Institute that produced Blaine’s cure. But when Blaine finds embryos with his name on them at the Institute, it’s apparent that the unethical and sometimes illegal activities introduced in Integrate didn’t end there.
The plot is excellent—clever, tightly plotted, plenty of tension and suspense, all enhanced by the consistent fast pace that feels as though you’re living the chase in real time with Blaine. There are plenty of twists and turns, some more unexpected than others, and it kept me turning pages until the end. I will admit that I didn’t understand all the science, but that could have been because I was reading quickly, wanting to find out what happened and whether . . . no. That would be a spoiler.
The characters are also excellent, although there were a few times I got annoyed with Blaine or Sophie for doing or not doing something, or for making stupid decisions. Then I remembered they’re teenagers, and logic isn’t high on their list of attributes. Yes, for fictional teenagers in an unreal situation, their behavior was all too real.
All in all, an excellent YA suspense novel. Recommended. Thanks to Rhiza Press for providing a free book for review.
Illegal cloned embryonic cells… The reappearance of his birth mother… Potentially fatal health issues… Girl Drama… Boy, does Blaine Colton have problems. And trying to get to the bottom of them will only lead to death threats, conspiracies, international crime rings and heartache. In the end will the repercussions be worth the risk to do what’s morally right?
From start to finish this Aussie action novel delivered fast-paced suspense – unraveling secrets and hidden alliances. While Integrate suffered from clichéd plots and stereotypical characters, Replicate continuously kept the reader guessing, and explored the complexity and individuality of the primary characters. I didn’t even mind the over-excessive exclamations this time. Well mostly.
The downfall was in the small details. There was nothing that disturbed the heart of the story but there were enough little blips to make some scenes and several of the supporting characters feel disjoined and under-developed.
I had to reread a handful of scenes due to unclear descriptions of who was doing or saying what. I know it can get tedious when the writer is always writing “he said” after every piece of dialogue but in this case Jones falls in the opposite direction, not indicating clearly who was saying what. Sure, it makes sense after a couple of reads but it made me lose momentum in the story every time I had to stop and start.
The other POVs apart from Blaine’s felt too sudden as they were all introduced in the last part of the story. Kate’s in particular frustrated me. She was mentioned once briefly in chapter 7. Then out of the blue she has her own perspective in chapter 21. There isn’t enough time to really connect with her despite her being one of the good guys. And her rushed backstory and personal quirks are just plain confusing: – Why the hell would she call her colleague by a nickname when they obviously don’t get along? How come she seems to know absolutely nothing vital about the embryonic cloning project even though she’s supposed to be in charge? And how can she go so fast from hating Blaine for ruining her work to wanting to help him. I know it had a lot to do with her moral principles, but it still felt too forced to be realistic.
And speaking of under-developed aspects, what was up with Melissa, Therese and all the other villains at the end? This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know because that story just kind of died away. I know there’s a third book, but as the last chapter is set months later, you would think there would be some sort of explanation to what happened to them in that time.
Apart from these criticisms, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Blaine was such a strong protagonist, and I appreciated the subtle themes of faith in God. They weren’t preachy or over-the-top. Instead, I found Blaine’s frustrating and wavering faith the most relatable aspect of the novel.
During the last sixty pages I couldn’t put the damn thing down, I just had know what happened in the end. Unfortunately unlike the first in the series where most of the loose ends are tied up, Replicate’s cliffhanger leaves the reader desperate for more. And for a reader like me who has slowly but surely fallen in love with the series, I’m desperate for the answers soon! Bring on Activate. Bring it on now!
Thanks to Rhiza Press for providing a free hardcopy for me to review.
Blaine Colton, 18, makes a gut-rending discovery at the lab where his girlfriend Sophie Faraday works: he has been cloned.
Miniature “Colton” babies are being grown in pseudo uteruses and used for scientific experimentation. Dr. Melissa Hartfield is already in prison for illegal activities at Advance Research Institute.
Blaine has no reason to suspect that other baddies exist and that they want him dead until his best friend is murdered.
His mission to save the babies at the lab puts Blaine on a collision course with big money and organized crime. The baddies hire someone from Blaine’s past to deceive him and lead him into danger and death – which might be wasted effort.
Blaine could already be described as a walking dead man: the cure for his terminal mitochrondrial disease is killing him.
Blaine determination to get justice for his best friend and to stop the illegal experimentation at the lab forces him into a confrontation with mobsters and his birth mother. With organized crime gunning for him and his own disease progressing…REPLIcate is a breathless race to the finish.
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