Title – Replica
Series – Replica #1
Author – Lauren Oliver
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 520 pages
Publication Date – October 11th 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN – 9781473614963
My Rating – ★★★★
Lyra lives at the Haven Institute, a building located on a private island off the coast of Florida. From a distance Haven looks beautiful but up close the fence, guns and bio-hazard suits tell a different story. Haven is actually a top-secret research facility that creates replicas, or clones, and they’re raised and observed. When someone attacks Haven two of its subjects, Lyra (also known as 24) and a boy known as 72 escape.
Gemma was constantly in and out of hospital as a child. After almost being abducted by a stranger who claims to know her, Gemma starts to look into her family’s past and discovers her father’s connection to the Haven Institute. Desperate for answers, she runs to Florida where she comes across two replicas and even more questions.
I received a copy of Replica from Hachette New Zealand to review. I think this is the first book in a duology.
Replica can be read three ways, Lyra then Gemma, Gemma then Lyra or alternative chapters. I decided to read this in alternative chapters starting with Lyra and then Gemma. I found out that Gemma had one more chapter than Lyra so if you wanted to read Replica the same way I did maybe start with Gemma? I don’t think it makes much difference though.. But I don’t think I could have read this the other ways, Lyra then Gemma or the other way around, because of how much their stories mirror each other I feel like I would have gotten bored. I’m glad I read Replica the way I did because when something was revealed in one story that affected the other I didn’t have long to see the reaction. I would recommend reading Replica in alternative chapters but it’s really up to you.
Like I said, there are parts of Gemma and Lyra’s stories that mirror each other but it’s obviously not exactly the same because they both experience the situations differently. And they both discover things that are important to the other girl’s story. Some things were obvious to me from the start, especially with Gemma (because I read Lyra first I think that’s why I clicked so fast). But there were other things I didn’t see coming and were really good twists to the story.
I liked both Gemma and Lyra. Obviously, because Lyra was raised at the Haven Institute she doesn’t have the same knowledge of what life is like off the island so there are some things she doesn’t understand but she’s not stupid. 72 was really frustrating to me. I do understand why he’d be prejudiced against “people” (the replicas were always told they weren’t people/human because they were made) because of how he was treated by the staff at Haven so he wouldn’t know any different. Lyra on the other hand had seen that not all the “people” were the same and some of them were even nice. Which is why Lyra has a name and not just a number. It was really sad to see how they were treated and how the staff had convinced them that they weren’t really people.
I really enjoyed Replica and all its twists and I can’t wait to read the sequel, Helix, when it comes out. If it’s set up the same as Replica then I’ll definitely be reading it the same way. I could not put this book down it was that good!
*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*
If you’ve read Replica let me know how you read it and if you liked it.