Replica had literally been sitting on my shelf for a 2 years waiting to be picked up… Whereas other people were excited by the interesting format of having the story told from two different perspectives. I was a bit put off to be honest, because I felt like I’d just be reading the same story twice??
Author: Lauren Oliver
From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.
But 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. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose 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 human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learns terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.
Two girls, two stories, one novel.
While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.
The writing style really REALLY wasn’t for me. The character came across as a bit whiny, which I mean Gemma is supposed to be a teenager so fair enough, but at times it was reallllyy exhausting. I started off reading from Gemma which I did randomly, I’d heard that there wasn’t a particular order for reading this book. BUT I’m kinda glad I did start with Gemma , I felt like her side of the story slowly eased you into this new world, it developed the characters a bit more and frankly felt a little less rushed.
This book wasn’t really my favourite and I think I have a few reasons why.
- I love some good character development, and seeing my favourite character grow throughout the different trials and tribulations of the story, but for me Gemma had the a very inconsistent personality which threw me off balance a few times. Just when I thought I somewhat understood her and her way of thinking she’d do something that’d throw me off way WAYYY off. So I read through her part feeling very unfamiliar with her as a character and being unable to connect with her because she was constantly changing???
- Imma be honest and say I didn’t manage to read through Lyra’s part. I just felt like I was rereading the same story… And not necessarily because of the actual events. I just expected Lyra and Gemma to have more distinct voices, but if I compared a page from each side of the story I literally wouldn’t be able to tell who is who. So… I made it to about 100 pages, and really called it a day.
I personally wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, at the same time there are a lot of people who seem to have enjoyed this so maybe it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
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