From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. 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.
While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Using hotlinks in this electronic edition, readers can decide how they would like to read the book, as with the print version. They can read the story of Gemma or Lyra straight through first, followed by the other girl’s story, or they can move between chapters in Lyra’s and Gemma’s sections. No matter how it is read, Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a thrilling sci-fi YA novel that’s as captivating as The Hunger Games and as thought-provoking as Ender's Game. In essence, Replica is two books in one. Our advice: flip back and forth for a richer understanding of the action-packed story as it unfolds; rather than ruining the suspense, this untraditional way of reading makes it even more of a heart-pounding experience. Along the way, Oliver poses important questions about how we form our identities and what it means to be human.
Oliver (Vanishing Girls) sacrifices substance for style in a novel told from two perspectives: flipping the book allows readers to read the full story from the point of view of the two main characters, Lyra and Gemma. Lyra, a replica (clone) at the Haven Institute research facility, and Gemma, a loner who has spent her life in and out of hospitals due to various medical troubles, have surprisingly similar stories both live in relative captivity. When Haven is destroyed, Lyra escapes and crosses paths with Gemma. Gemma, the daughter of one of the men who initially funded Haven, decides to help Lyra and another replica, 72; in the process, she slowly begins to discover the mysterious mandate of the Haven Institute. This ambitious project requires patience during some of the more repetitive parts of these interlocking stories, even as Oliver explores thought-provoking ethical and existential terrain. The pieces of Oliver's story all fit together, but the novelty of the storytelling approach doesn't quite compensate for a less-than-compelling plot. Ages 14 up.
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Captivating and Unique
Replica is such a unique and interesting story that had me so captivated I couldn't put down the book, even at 2 am when I should have been asleep. The way Gemma and Lyra's points of view each reveal different pieces of the same puzzle add to the mystery and intrigue of the story. I can't wait to find out what happens next with Gemma, Lyra, and Caelum.
i really loved this book! i read all of Lyra’s chapters and then Gemma’s part and i didn’t think Gemma’s could be as good as Lyra’s but it was!!! just and awesome book😁