Replica by Lauren OliverReplica by Lauren Oliver

Replica

byLauren Oliver

Hardcover | October 4, 2016

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Two girls, two stories, one epic novel—now a New York Times bestseller!

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. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.

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. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

Lauren Oliver is the author of the teen novels Replica, Before I Fall, Panic, and Vanishing Girls and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade r...
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Title:ReplicaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.61 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062394169

ISBN - 13:9780062394163

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I liked the theme of this book, it mirrors the concept created by Jessica Khoury in her Corpus series - but I found the books in the corpus series to be by far more entertaining. In Replica there were a few scenes that definitely surprised me. I read this book with alternating chapters and it seemed that the plot progression worked best like this.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. I liked the concept of having both stories, and i read it by reading one chapter from each, which made it really repetitive at times. The plot was wonderful but i dont think it was executed very well.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay... I loved Lauren Oliver's other books, but found this mediocre... if not a tad disappointing. Can't quite put my finger on the details, but it was only okay. The ending could've been better. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super!! I went into this completely blind and really enjoyed it!! I love both of the girls they are super unique and interesting, and I love the idea of the two perspectives!! Can't wait for book 2.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing idea! When I started this book, I had two main theories: 1. Lyra was a clone version of Gemma. So when Gemma was born, her parents allowed Haven to extract part of her DNA and implant it into a willing mother to create Model 24. 2. Gemma herself was also a clone, and that's why she has heart problems (because the clones are still not perfected). She's called Frankenstein not for the reasons Gemma believes, but because she's unnatural and was created instead of born, just like Frankenstein. Obviously I'm not going to say what happened with my theories, if one of them was true or if they were both failures. But I like the way it turned out. Replica by Lauren Oliver is not like other books. For one, the main plot is told through two different perspectives, each a separate story, that ends the same way. But the POV switch isn't every chapter or every three chapters. When holding a physical copy of the novel, let's say with Lyra's side on top, you could read until about halfway through the novel, and then the printing is upside down. If you reverse the book (as in physically flip it over), you could read Gemma's side of the story until halfway through the book where you yet again hit where the printing is upside down. It's literally two stories in one. Now because of the two stories in one, you can read it many different ways: 1. All of one story and then all of the other. 2. One chapter of one story then one chapter of the other. 3. Like #2, but instead of only chapter by chapter, you could read multiple chapters of each at a time before switching. As it turns out, I read three chapters of each before flipping, with the exception of reading a few extra chapters of one of them when I got distracted. It's really interesting that Lauren Oliver wrote Replica this way. I mean, it's never been done before and it can change the way you view the book by reading it a different way. The content itself I have a back and forth opinion on. I like the idea of the novel, the whole description, but the way it was written was kind of bland to me. I was left anticipating a huge revelation throughout the entire novel, but that feeling was never satisfied. I mean, come on, shouldn't all books end with a bang? Overall, it was worth reading, but I hope the sequel can grab (and hold on to) my attention. (This review is also on my blog, The Autumn Bookshelf) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Liked the story idea. The book is seperated into 2 books: one follows Gema and the other follows Lyra. Due to the separate stories i did end up enjoying Lyra's story more than the Gema's story, since I read it later and knew how it was going to end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but.... I was excited to read this book because I love the author and it sounded interesting with the two stories. It was a bit akward to have to flip between each chapter
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! I will admit that to date, I've loved everything that Oliver has written, and after meeting her to get my copy signed - I'm even more biased. But I loved this book, it was well written, and so good! However I do feel it was too short and I look forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Replica is two stories in one book. The two stories are split into two different POV's, Lyra and Gemma. Both stories were so complex and different compared to other YA books. It focuses on each character and what they going through; Lyra is dealing with hospitals and replicas (clones), whereas Gemma is dealing with the secrets her family has been keeping from her. You can read Replica any way you want to (i.e. alternating between the stories, reading them separately, etc). I personally chose to read the novel through alternating chapters between both main characters. Lyra grew up living on the island, Haven Institute, where replicas were created, grown, and later experimented on. Gemma grew up with two parents that hardly payed any attention to her except to make sure her health wasn't declining, since she was born she had a lot of health issues. Getting the chance to find out what her parents are hiding, why they seem paranoid and on edge, and what exactly is her father's involvement in the whole thing. Both characters, Lyra and Gemma, were enticing to read. Lyra's POV had a lot more action and we got to see how she interacted with the replicas and come to terms with a lot of the things that were unknown. When an explosion blows up the facility, Lyra sees her chance to finally escape. Lyra's POV reminds me of The Island, a movie about a mercenary who goes after two clones that escape a research facility. Gemma's POV was more in depth and explained a lot more about what was going on. Through both POV's we get a lot of information on what was happening at the facility and what each character was personally going through. The only negative thing I can think of is the ending. I dislike cliffhangers but absolutely hate open endings. It doesn't leave you wanting to throw the book at the wall and stalk the internet trying to find out the release date of the sequel. No. It doesn't wrap the stories up or make you want more. It just ends. Another thing I didn't really like is the whole two separate points of view debacle. I felt like the novel would have been a lot more engaging and appealing to readers, including myself, if it had focused on Gemma's POV and added a few chapters of Lyra's POV. Though the major twist affects both characters, Gemma is the one it affects the most. Other than that, the rest of the novel was such a blast to read.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from There certainly is an audience for this Replica is a typical dystopian book, but taken in the direction of a try-hard contemporary story filled with romance, and characters trying to be so human. I did like some aspects, especially Lyra's perspective, but I was really disappointed with the way that the format was supposed to affect the turnout of each unique perspective and the slow pacing.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read! "But that's what they were: bodies. Human and yet not people." -5.8% Haven makes Replicas and uses them for testing. This is evident from the beginning as we read from Lyra's POV. Gemma, however, knows nothing about Haven other then the fact that her dad used to work with them before he pulled out, so she goes on an adventure to discover everything she possibly can about the institute and their research. Along the way, she gets the help of three friends (two unlikely people she never saw herself talking to before) and they run head first into danger. Haven doesn't like it when people know their secrets. CHARACTERS Lyra is a Replica, a clone and she's proof of how well Replica's are treated at Haven and what Haven does; full of scars from testing, so skinny that her eyes look sunken in and her spine shows through her shirt, uneducated, unloved, manipulated. They're not allowed to know stuff, they're not allowed personal possession or things that matter to them. She is strange in a way that she knows nothing about the world or life (like how to cook, buy clothes and food, showers with hot water are luxurious for her, new clothes that aren't her Haven outfit are something she's never had), and I loved seeing her character try to come to terms with the world. She's damaged, because being a lab rat dose that to people especially if they're not shown love or affection during their growing years, and that made her journey so much more... meaningful? I can't find the right word right now. Anyway, she's damaged and genuinely believes anything they tell her, which really broke my heart. "Monsters, they call us. Demons. Sometimes, on sleepless nights, we wonder if they're right." -4% Gemma is very self conscious about her weight because she isn't a stick-thin barbie doll who is model gorgeous. She thinks she's fat when she's not because society has told her she needs to be tiny to be pretty. I don't know about you, but I like that the author added this, because while Gemma's character developed, so did those thoughts and that is a message girls these days should definitely hear (granted, the message isn't the main point of this book, it's more of a sub-plot for Gemma to accept herself). To add to that, Gemma has always felt like she doesn't belong, like she's different, so she's shy, insecure, a tad depressed, and she struggles to enjoy life especially since her mom loves popping sleeping pills and drinking wine while her dad loves to avoid her. This also makes her incredibly naive, especially since she doesn't leave the house much. I liked her character, and I really enjoyed reading her chapters! "The evil ones are always ugly." -67% ROMANCE I won't say much on this because of spoilers,but I will say that I surprisingly enjoyed it. Well, half. One half was fairly quick and I didn't really like how fast the emotions took place. The other half was my bae. Broken and beaten, beauty (love) is still found in the darkness. I absolutely loved that half. I would read this book over and over again just to get more of that romance until the next book comes out. Because hopefully the next book has more of that romance! Although I will admit, I didn't like the romance until the end, oops. WRITING This is my first Lauren Oliver book, and I've heard good and bad things about her writing before in her other series (delirium?). So naturally I was a bit scared going in, but I found I really enjoyed the writing. It had a good flow, the descriptions and characters were great, and the atmosphere and tone really set the pace for me. It was quick, but also slow enough that you could savor the moment if you wanted to, and the author put meaning behind many, many lines and words and sayings. I adored it! I will admit, however, that while I was interested in learning about the medical portion of Haven, I found there were two or so paragraphs that threw all this information at me. Thankfully, it was clear and I could understand it all, but the process itself of how they use the medicine still confuses me. PLOT Unfortunately, there's very little mystery because it's very predictable, and I saw most of the twists coming from the very beginning. This didn't take much away in terms of enjoyment because I loved reading this story, but I can't help but wonder if surprises I didn't see coming could've made this reading experience that much better. I definitely would've loved a bit of mystery, but then again that could've possibly changed the whole tone so I suppose I see why the author did what she did. Either way, this was an enjoyable read full of action and adventure. I love it! OVERALL Replica is a dangerous tale about discovering secrets from people doing everything they can to hide the truth, even kill. Self discovery is a bonus, even when it changed everything and nothing at all. I really enjoyed reading Replica and I definitely recommend it!:)
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the concept The plot is quite similar to what I'm already used to see in YA distopian worlds but the idea of reading two different stories in one book definitely kept me interested and I wasn't bored at all the entire time.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was very interesting. I liked the physical interaction with the book(getting to flip it over) I thought that both stories were cute. Gemma's was slightly more intense then Lyra's, but over all a very good book.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I want to read this very badly
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Love the way it is written, love the story
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An eye catching way to publish a book. Actual rating: 2.5 Stars At first glance, you have no idea where to start this story. The unique way the book has been published let’s you read from two different girl’s perspectives. Unfortunately for me, I was expecting quite a bit more from a 550 page book. We follow Gemma, who is just a human, though has some undiscovered connections to the institute, Haven. No one really knows what’s happening at Haven but the fact that no one knows leads people to believe inhumane things are going on there. Gemma sets out to figure out what those things are and her families connections to Haven. Lyra’s story starts inside Haven and she is a replica, a clone. Though she too doesn’t know the extent of why she and the other replicas are there. When an opportunity arrives for Lyra to escape she takes it. Along the way Gemma and Lyra’s path cross multiple times. Though, I have found the plot interesting enough to continue with the series, I found the two different ways of reading the story redundant the second time. There were also numerous plot holes that I can only reason that the author wanted to keep the reader interested the first time but reading from the other characters POV was apparent their flaws. I am recommending for readers to read Lyra’s POV first then read Gemma’s since Gemma’s I found to be more informational and quite boring for when I read Lyra’s. If you don’t find it too confusing (and annoying to flip the book over) the best way to read the story is with alternating chapters.
Date published: 2016-06-17

Editorial Reviews

“[REPLICA] will be a winner among teens … Oliver has managed to create different tempos and moods in each tale, which allows readers to better understand the characters. Young adults will enjoy this unique reading experience.”