“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.” – Blurb taken from Goodreads.
I went into reading ‘Replica‘ with absolutely no idea what it was about. The book is split into two different points of view, Gemma’s and Lyra’s, and you can choose to read these individually, or alternately, which is how I chose to read them. This book did take me quite a while to finish, as I felt I was making more progress than I was, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. The book dealt with themes of insecurity, friendship, family, and romance, all tying in together with the main plot line, focusing around the Haven Institute and clones. I had basic knowledge of cloning from secondary school Biology classes, but stories about cloning was a new and unique concept to me.
Though I found the writing style a little repetitive, the aspect of flipping between Gemma’s and Lyra’s point of view was extremely enjoyable to me and added more depth to both the narrative and the characters, as although some sections of dialogue were repeated in both POVs, we as readers were able to get both sides, and understand how both characters were feeling at the time. Character wise I definitely enjoyed Gemma’s point of view more as I found her a lot easier to connect with, but learning more about the characters as they learned more about themselves was definitely one of the reasons I loved this book!
Unpredictable is an understatement when used to describe Lauren Oliver’s ‘Replica‘. I had high expectations for Jake and Gemma – in all honesty I still ship them now – but I did not expect Gemma to fall for ‘Perv’ Pete, and I most definitely did not expect Jake to die! Whilst I found the majority of this book to be very enjoyable, the scenes in which both Nurse M and Jake were hanged were dark and morbid, but fitted in with the rest of the narrative perfectly like pieces of a jigsaw. That’s what was so perfect about this book, everything slotted together so well.
This book is full of choices, from how you choose to read it, to Lyra’s choice to steal files, 72’s choice to escape Haven, Gemma’s choice to betray her parent’s to learn the truth, and Pete’s choice to help her, regardless of the danger, and so I’ll choose to not spoil the last few chapters for those of you who have not yet read ‘Replica‘, but for those of you who have, just how incredible is that plot twist?! However, the overall endings of both POVs did leave me slightly disappointed as I feel they were left very open-ended, I would have like to see how things were resolved, what happened next?
Originally I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but reflecting on that now I definitely think ‘Replica‘ deserves a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Clever, unique, well written and enjoyable, Lauren Oliver’s ‘Replica‘ is 100% worth the read!
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