Please Note: I received a free copy of Replica from it’s publisher Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own.
“They would face it together, as they were then: turned human by joy, by a belonging that felt just like freedom.”
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Published October 11, 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton
↳ Originally Published October 4, 2016
Source: Hachette Australia (publisher)
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, aka number 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 Institute. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.
Replica was a really strange book for me, because as much as I enjoyed it, I was just as equally disappointed by it. The hype around this novel was pretty intense, so in the end I think I was expecting something.. more.
The thing that intrigued me most about this novel is the way it’s written. Replica is basically two books in one, with both stories printed on opposite sides of the book, so you can flip the book around to read it either one story followed by the other, or alternating chapters between the two characters. Personally, I’d recommend alternating chapters starting with Lyra, which is what I did, because I feel that if you go any other way about it, you won’t get the full effect of the story.
Lyra is a replica and is no stranger to death. Tucked away on an island isolated from the rest of the world, her days at the Haven Institute are filled with endless medical tests and examinations. She’s witnessed a vast number of her fellow peers grow sick and die, but that’s all she’s ever known. When one of the male replicas – 72 – goes missing, Lyra’s whole world gets turned upside down.Read More »