Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Science-Fiction
“Two girls, two stories, one epic novel”
Replica is a book that you flip. One half of the story is from Gemma’s POV the other is Lyra’s POV. You can either read one side and then the other or alternate between chapters. The two sides of the story come together to create an amazing novel.
Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.
(synopsis from Goodreads)
I chose to read this book by alternating the chapters. This turned out to be the right way, in my opinion, because even though each story has a unique style you will inevitably ruin the other story for yourself as there is a lot of crossover.
I enjoyed reading this book and liked both of the protagonists. Each side of the story has it’s own unique voice and showed two girls who lived completely different lives. However, those stories come together to become a beautifully written world that I couldn’t stop reading about once I had started. The only downside is that I thought it was a standalone but I soon found out once I had finished it that it is fact a duology. If you have read the book you know we are left with a lot of unanswered questions and an ending which leaves us thinking ‘omg!’. I can’t wait for the next book so I can get the answers.
Have you read this book? How did you read it?
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