- Series: Replica (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062394193
- ISBN-13: 978-0062394194
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—Gemma and Lyra's story comes to an end in this companion novel to Replica. Gemma wants nothing more than to return to her normal life and spend time with her boyfriend, Pete. Instead she finds herself stranded on the side of the road where she and Pete are captured after being mistaken for replicas and taken to the Haven Institute, which was thought to be destroyed. Pete and Gemma have to face the replicas that survived. Lyra and Caelum are finding it difficult to live among the human race as Lyra's illness worsens. Feeling abandoned, the two head to Philadelphia looking for a promised cure. Instead, they uncover their complicated past and threatened future. Like Replica, this entry is a flip book and can be read in either order or by alternating between Gemma's and Lyra's stories—yet the narratives are intertwined, making for an interesting reading experience for teens. They will want to have read the first volume to fully understand the characters' plight. Sexual situations between Pete and Gemma make this a better selection for older readers. VERDICT Bringing this duology to a close, this sequel will delight fans of the previous entry.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
“The third-person narration plunges along at a positively addicting pace. Speculative fiction at its core, Oliver’s novel is also a reflection on the nature of humanity as explored through the dualities of life/death, autonomy/ownership, truth/lies, and good/evil.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The mirrored structure and flip book format work especially well here, as the two narratives connect but rely less on reimagining the same scenes, heightening the emotional resonance and providing double the suspense. This sequel is more exciting and a great deal steamier, with authentically bittersweet resolutions.” (Booklist)
“Like Replica, this entry is a flip book and can be read in either order or by alternating between Gemma’s and Lyra’s stories—yet the narratives are intertwined, making for an interesting reading experience for teens.... Bringing this duology to a close, this sequel will delight fans of the previous entry.” (School Library Journal)
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Like it’s predecessor, Ringer is divided into two parts, one for Gemma and one for Lyra. Like before, you can read these parts separately or you can switch back and forth between the two for a more linear story, depending on your preference. I love that this is an option, but like before, I chose to read Gemma’s story first, then Lyra’s, as I quite enjoy going back and filling in the blanks, not knowing at the time where the two stories will interweave.
Gemma is, understandably, having a hard time going back to her regular routine after having met her replica and finding out some other disturbing things about her life. She’s distancing herself form her friends and school work, she’s arguing with her parents and rebelling, she is obsessing over Lyra and the idea of twins/replicas/clones. When she discovers she’s been once again betrayed, she heads out to warn Lyra and ends up finding herself kidnapped instead.
The first half of the Gemma book weighs heavily on the morality of what it is Dr. Saperstein is doing, or planning on doing, with the replicas. Gemma makes the pro-life argument, while Saperstein defends his pharmaceutical actions. This was really interesting for me, considering I’m strongly opinionated with this topic and found each side presented strong, detailed arguments that made me start questioning a lot of things. I’m glad the book spent time presenting this dilemma. It wasn’t too overdone, but it was thorough enough that a point was made and questions were raised, giving the reader something more to think about.
Oliver did a great job with the child-like wonder of the replicas seeing “outside” for the first time. I enjoyed this part, like I enjoyed it with Lyra in the first book, though this time around, the wonder and awe was laced with a darker apathy and a more sinister approach to things.
Heartless and cold, these child-like beings were unpredictable and unreliable. I loved the combination, it had that really eerie feeling like a child in a horror movie. To compliment that, it was also interesting to see Gemma have to deal with this, to teach and to have patience and to explain how things worked in the outside world. She’s a child herself, in a way, and now she was thrust in the position to teach someone else how the world works. This created a nice balance. Until it all went horribly wrong.
Like I said, I liked going back and filling in the blanks by reading Lyra’s story second. While I didn’t notice as many variations in perspective as I did in the first book, where there was a bigger opportunity to explore the same situation from both sides, this take on it successfully blended two independent stories together into one timeline and I quite enjoyed following Lyra on her journey along the same linear path as Gemma’s story, and watching them overlap and then finally coming together.
That said, because of this format, I found that the story itself was quite short and while things that happened were significant, over all not a whole lot really did happened, which made it kind of slow in parts. Lyra was a great character, but she always felt very secondary to me, like she wasn’t given too much space to really grow as her own story line and existed to compliment the other story line, to fill in the gaps and provide explanations to the reader.
It also felt like some of the key turning points in the plot happened by luck, as opposed to a solid, believable event, which caused a few weak holes in a story for me. And though I believe this is the final book in this series, there were still a lot of open ended questions in the end that weren’t really touched upon, though I felt were significant enough to have mentioned before wrapping everything up.
That said, I did really enjoy this series. I liked the way it approached the whole replica idea from a more intimate and personal standpoint, how it explored the feelings of the replicas individually, as opposed to focusing on just one, or replicas in general. Oliver is a great writer and always has really interesting and unique ideas that I love exploring and this was no different.
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.com
This is book 2 in the Replica duology. I do not have a review of Replica because I read it before starting this blog.
Three weeks after Gemma returns home and Lyra is reunited with the father she doesn't remember, the Suits come after the Replicas. When Gemma tries to warn Lyra she is mistaken for a Replica and herded into an abandoned rural airport. Lyra travels to Pennsylvania with Caelum, the Replica who helped her survive the fire at Haven. Lyra and Caelum search for Haven's “God” to save Lyra from the prions eating away at her brain. Gemma, once she's locked up with four Replicas who look exactly like her, can't convince anyone she's not really a Replica. After befriending one of her Replicas, Calliope, she realizes just how different the Replicas are.
When I read Replica, I read all of Gemma's story and then all of Lyra's story. So this time I decided to mix the stories up. Lauren Oliver gives us the choice as to how we read this story and it's wonderful. When you have multiple narrators, most authors switch back and forth when they want to, meaning they're controlling how you read and interpret the story. But what if you could choose who to follow and when you follow them? Would it change your reading experience?
I started with Gemma and read the first half of her part one before reading all of Lyra's part one, finishing with Gemma's. Part two was Gemma, Lyra, Gemma, Lyra. Part three was Gemma, Lyra, Gemma.
This is a crazy book, however you read it. Oliver weaves science (prion disease) with the dystopian (the government using clones and “orphans” for human medical testing). While Lyra, our “Replica” isn't actually a clone and her friend Gemma is one of the first, they have uniquely different experiences. Gemma fights against Calliope, one of her Replicas, while Lyra fights against the disease the Haven “Gods” gave her, just to save Gemma.
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Ringer was just as good as Replica, it picks up a weeks before the last...Read more