Replica by Lauren Oliver (Replica #1)
Published by HarperCollins on October 4th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure
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 learnes terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.
Two girls, two stories, one novel.
Replica by Lauren Oliver is a sci-fi novel about two girls, one a clone being held and tested at a secret island organization and the other one a human living her life until she finds out what kind of work her dad used to be involved in. A wild journey of escape, and finding your humanity, Replica will ultimately leave you wanting more.
Normal is a word invented by boring people to make them feel better about being boring.
Lauren Oliver – Replica
Replica is about a secret organization that has almost perfected the genome code for cloning humans. There are hundreds of them being held captive in the only home they’ve known while they get constantly tested and experimented on. Lyra is one of those clones. Wanting to know what it’s like to live on the outside she dreams of a life that’s not meant to be hers.
Gemma on the other hand is sick and the doctors don’t know why. When she is almost kidnapped by a stranger claiming to know who she is, she begins to dive deep into the mystery of her father’s work and her past. Oliver takes you on a thrilling journey through scientific discovery and clones with ambition and heart.
Replica is uniquely written. Half the book is written through Lyra’s point of view. Flip the book over and you get the other half of it through Gemma’s point of view. They tell you the same story with two totally different perspectives.
What’s the most interesting about this is, Oliver has stated you can read either one of the girls point of view first then switch, or you can keep alternating points of view per chapter. The way I chose to read it was a couple chapters in Lyra’s point of view, then switched and read the same chapters in Gemma’s point of view. It was like getting two sides of the same story and I quite enjoyed that the most!
A strange and baffling truth: that the people we’re supposed to know best can turn out to be strangers, and that near strangers can feel so much like home.
Lauren Oliver – Replica
Reading on the Edge
Clones aren’t supposed to exist and people are not supposed to know about them. So when the organization goes down and a couple of them escape, it is run for your life situation. As a reader you are constantly on the edge of your seat as the organization hunts down these clones. No one is safe and “mysterious” deaths are definitely on the table. No matter the cost.
Oliver does a great job building anticipation, suspense, and action packed scenes of escape.
Sadly, Replica is home to some flat characters that I could not connect with. Their personalities, actions and motives did not ignite a fire inside my reading soul. Lyra and Gemma were bland in my opinion and I wish we got more of something special from them. I might have caught a spark or glimmer of hope from the male clone, but sadly I don’t think it will be enough to continue on with the duology.
They would face it together, as they were then: turned human by joy, by a belonging that felt just like freedom.
Lauren Oliver – Replica
I highly recommend this one if you like clones, running for your life, and the search for humanity. Let me know what you guys thought of Replica by Lauren Oliver! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016. Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.