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Replica PDF, ePub eBook Lyra 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 attac Lyra 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 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.

30 review for Replica

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adam Silvera

    YOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. 5 stars! Actually, this is technically two-books-in-one so that means it's a 10 star read :) Full spoiler-free review soon, but for now, just know that I took my sweet, sweet time reading this because I loved it so much. Both stories, that is. I did have a SLIGHT preference to Lyra's narrative because she's a clone ("replica") and I love reading books that are very familiar to our world with a speculative twist to them, and that's what Lyra's story offered from the get-go. Still YOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. 5 stars! Actually, this is technically two-books-in-one so that means it's a 10 star read :) Full spoiler-free review soon, but for now, just know that I took my sweet, sweet time reading this because I loved it so much. Both stories, that is. I did have a SLIGHT preference to Lyra's narrative because she's a clone ("replica") and I love reading books that are very familiar to our world with a speculative twist to them, and that's what Lyra's story offered from the get-go. Still extremely fascinating to see the story from the other side of the street, too, where you have this every girl Gemma uncovering a greater mystery that's tied to the Haven Institute where Lyra was made. This reading format where you can bounce back and forth between the two stories is so ambitious, and I'm so happy it delivered in creating a fuller story without spoiling each girl's story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    This is one of the most fatmisic books I've ever read. It's blatantly harmful and never once challenged the fat shaming. It also has a good deal of thin shaming. I would really recommend avoiding this book if you've ever had an eating disorder. There are also microaggressions toward mental illness, and a trigger warning for self harm. See my reading updates for direct quotes from the book and why I felt they were problematic. My thoughts on the fat rep are from experience, as I'm a fat reviewer. This is one of the most fatmisic books I've ever read. It's blatantly harmful and never once challenged the fat shaming. It also has a good deal of thin shaming. I would really recommend avoiding this book if you've ever had an eating disorder. There are also microaggressions toward mental illness, and a trigger warning for self harm. See my reading updates for direct quotes from the book and why I felt they were problematic. My thoughts on the fat rep are from experience, as I'm a fat reviewer. Maybe not everyone will share my thoughts, and I don't claim to speak for everyone. I'm also not telling anyone not to read the book, or that they can't like it. I'm mad at the book only, not the readers. Underdeveloped characters. Bland romances. The format was completely unnecessary, as the story was told entirely in 3rd person and I don't see why the two sides of the book couldn't be combined chronologically to avoid all the backtracking and repetitive scenes. The premise of the plot is better than the execution. There was one good twist, but the ending was so lackluster and the synopsis of the sequel doesn't seem like it will explore what I want it to, so I won't be continuing. If you want to read this, I highly suggest using the reading order from Pretty Geekery (here: prettygeekery.com) as it flowed really well. At the very least I would recommend starting with Gemma's first 8 chapters (builds suspense, Lyra's side gives away everything from page 1) and ending with Gemma's last few chapters (it has an actual ending, Lyra's does not).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Well, I liked the idea anyway! Mel 🖤🐾🐺

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nastassja

    Two girls, two stories. One epic journey for truth, friendship, family and love. Sounds quite intriguing, right? Reality check: teenage drama, teenage hormones, teenage bitchiness, teenage love saves the world. This book is - quoting: Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork. Ambitious - yes, plenty of it. Thought-provoking - um, abs-provoking? I know it's not New Adult level, but Replica is very good at reclining from the main theme, diving into sexuality instead of sci-fi element it Two girls, two stories. One epic journey for truth, friendship, family and love. Sounds quite intriguing, right? Reality check: teenage drama, teenage hormones, teenage bitchiness, teenage love saves the world. This book is - quoting: Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork. Ambitious - yes, plenty of it. Thought-provoking - um, abs-provoking? I know it's not New Adult level, but Replica is very good at reclining from the main theme, diving into sexuality instead of sci-fi element it claims to have. Lyra is the replica aka clone. Lyra is on the run. Lyra wants to punish men who did bad things to her and her friends. What Lyra does? Riiiiight, thinks about abs. The soap Gemma had bought was lilac-scented and pale purple, and Lyra found herself thinking of 72, naked, washing with purple soap, and the urge to giggle bubbled up in her chest. 72 is the guy whose abs Lyra wants to ogle, by the way. Like, you just got out of the facility you were living your whole life in, you know shit about real life or what to do, but, of course, your first instinct is to fantasize about boys. Yeah, why not indeed. Gemma is a human girl, whose father is somehow involved with the whole Replica business. She, of course, goes to look for answers. Shy, absolutely self-conscious about her weight girl, who never did anything radical in her life before, goes on a fucking adventure without planning what she's gonna do once she reaches her destination. Brilliant! Predictable. Of, course, a cute guy agrees to drive her there. What does the girl think about? His lips were soft. He didn’t try and put his tongue in her mouth and she was glad. It was her very first kiss and she was nervous, too nervous to have to sort out whether she was doing it right or worry about opening her mouth and whether she was using too much tongue or too little. Then she meets another cute boy and guess what? Maybe she’d sit down next to him and he’d try and touch her thigh or force his tongue down her throat. Then again, she wouldn’t mind. If anyone was in danger of getting sexually harassed, it was probably him. And more abs! Then we have some slat-shaming of the best friend, because she was ogling Gemma's abs. Fuck you, my best friend! “And who’s that?” Her eyes had landed on Jake. She looked as if she wanted to lick him. Gemma was surprised her tongue wasn’t lolling out of her mouth. This is all so primitive, so juvenile. If I was reading a book about two teenage girls discovering the world, this book would've matched the profile, but I was promised a sci-fi book with EPIC fucking adventures! Plus the girls act like they have multi-personalities. At first, they investigate and mull about really serious stuff, and play - effectively - detectives. It takes quite a mature level of reasoning to do what they do, but the next moment stupid teenage drama kicks in, and we have four-year-olds in da style "show me you pennis, and I'll show you my vagina". Plus I am really bothered by the fact that - not only in this book - a girl can distinguish a guy's eye colour standing on the other side of the rode (jeez, I'd need kiber-sight to see shit from such distance), or seeing a stranger for the first time in her life, she notices every fucking detail about him: his nose, lip's shape, what he looks like under his shirt, hair colour - precise hair colour, mind you! Geez, I can't even remember one situation in my life when I was paying attention to so many features in a person I've only met five minutes ago. And the ending is just epic. I get that there's going to be a sequel, and no real answers were given in this one. But if you read Delirium trilogy and remember how it ended, you probably know everything you need about Replica's ending (view spoiler)[Love saves the world! We are all hippies, didn't you know that? They had a place in it, at last, and so at last it became theirs to share. No matter what happened, no matter what trouble came, Lyra knew they would face it together, as they were then: turned human by joy, by a belonging that felt just like freedom. (hide spoiler)] I tried, really tried, to read and like Lauren Oliver's latest books. But none of them managed to hold my attention or interest. Too much ambition, bad execution. Bye, Replica!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    I have always appreciated Ms. Lauren Oliver’s writing and creativity. The inventive layout of her latest novel was enough to convince me to buy the book as I have never encountered a flip book until Replica. Yep,just one book. Cool, right? I decided to start with Lyra’s story just because I prefer blue over yellow (lol). To be an “it”, a replica, made at the so called "Haven" facility and be somehow content made me admire her character. I admit to not immediately liking her story because it start I have always appreciated Ms. Lauren Oliver’s writing and creativity. The inventive layout of her latest novel was enough to convince me to buy the book as I have never encountered a flip book until Replica. Yep,just one book. Cool, right? I decided to start with Lyra’s story just because I prefer blue over yellow (lol). To be an “it”, a replica, made at the so called "Haven" facility and be somehow content made me admire her character. I admit to not immediately liking her story because it started a bit slow but I’m telling you, do not give up on the book because it gets really good. After reading Lyra’s chapters, I admit I was shocked but at the same time I wasn’t very satisfied either. I thought there were so many plot holes and unanswered questions but these things are what Gemma’s story was meant for. ;) Gemma’s story is one I really enjoyed from the very beginning and even though her and Lyra’s interlap at one point, it felt like reading a fresh new story, a whole new different world. Gemma’s story is complete with mystery, suspense and it even includes your standard high school drama. It reads more like a contemporary while Lyra’s was more sci-fi. It’s incredible to have two different stories converging at one point making a single unified meaning while managing to be everything at once-scientific, realistic, philosophical and most especially human. I don’t think it matters which POV you decide to read first though. It’s entirely up to you. You could even read alternating chapters from each of the girls’ stories because however you decide to read the book, I’m pretty sure you’ll end up enjoying the experience.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Monsters, they call us. Demons. Sometimes, on sleepless nights, we wonder if they’re right. I love what Lauren Oliver set out to do in Replica. She writes two books that can essentially be read on their own, but they ultimately enhance the experience if read them together as you’ll get more to the story. This format is perfect in this particular story as it focuses on the themes of individuality and identity in a world where there are clones, or human replicas (unbeknownst to the rest of the w Monsters, they call us. Demons. Sometimes, on sleepless nights, we wonder if they’re right. I love what Lauren Oliver set out to do in Replica. She writes two books that can essentially be read on their own, but they ultimately enhance the experience if read them together as you’ll get more to the story. This format is perfect in this particular story as it focuses on the themes of individuality and identity in a world where there are clones, or human replicas (unbeknownst to the rest of the world). Both stories promise to bring surprising revelations critically important to the other story meaning the way you choose to read this book could affect your reading experience. i.e. if you choose to read Lyra’s story in it’s entirety first and then read Gemma’s after. Certain revelations would remain unknown throughout the first story you read. OR if you opt to alternate chapters. Read one Lyra, then one Gemma. As secrets get revealed, you’ll experience a different kind of suspense because you’ll learn details in one that inevitably affect the other unbeknownst to them. OR you could only choose to read Lyra’s story or Gemma’s giving you a different experience as you didn’t read the other perspective given. Anyway, whichever route you choose to go I’m sure will be fine. I chose to alternate chapters. I truly loved how Lauren Oliver wrote scenes in both stories where there were minor differences because everybody has different perspectives and experiences. No two people experience the same thing. When two reiterate something that just occurred, it’ll have minor variations. ….That idea is displayed in these pages. And only brings home that theme of individuality just a little bit more. “Those girls are clones, Gemma. They lack brains.” The replicas are kept at the Haven Institute, found on a highly guarded private island off the coast of Florida. They keep it locked and sealed up tight with armed guards. Haven is a top-secret research facility where thousands of replicas are born, raised, and observed. This is a mystery to the rest of the world leading to plenty of conspiracy theorists wanting to know what is kept on that military-guarded island. Lyra is an experimental subject at Haven, also known as 24. She’s a very curious, inquisitive young lady since she’s been stuck in the walls of Haven. The institute is all she knows only learning what those inside the walls allow her to learn. Until an explosion on the island gives her and a boy known only as 72 a chance to escape. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals all her life. She’s very sheltered thanks to her parents and is from a wealthy family. Gemma doesn’t understand why her father treats her the way he does leading to questions she only becomes more desperate to answer as she learns of a mysterious connection to Haven. Can you say secret road trip? The stories become intertwined somewhere along the way, which only raises more questions for both Lyra and Gemma about the mysteries of Haven. I’m undecided on whose perspective I actually enjoyed more. Lyra’s is fun with how innocent she is discovering the world for the first time. But in a way, Gemma’s is more relatable being from the typical world. The format is ambitious, but somehow leaves this feeling of disconnection. It is interesting how the repetition of certain scenes truly displayed the idea of individual perspectives, but this was a flaw at the same time for how it impacted the pacing of the story never really adding anything additional to it. In other words, it made the book slower and boring at times. I did find the format fascinating and intriguing, but I also wonder if the joke is on the rest of us and really she only wrote a dual-POV novel and then separated them. I'll have this thought when going into the sequel. There are a few big twists and secrets, as well as a satisfying ending that doesn't leave you hanging too bad. One side comment....if you've seen the movie The Island, wasn't this basically a YA version of that film? You could tell me it's the Haven institute in that movie and I wouldn't argue a bit. Anyway, good book. I'm still trying to figure out if I would have found it as thought-provoking if it had been written in the more typical dual-POV format.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    What a ride! I really loved how the whole concept of this book & how you can flip it to each character's side and the story ebbs and flows perfectly! I also loved the sci-fi element! Cloning and these replica's, so interesting! It makes you question how far we should go with new science and what really makes you human! Will def. be picking up the sequel in the fall! I am filming a book review on this so I can share my thoughts on it, how I personally read it and if I thought the stories truly What a ride! I really loved how the whole concept of this book & how you can flip it to each character's side and the story ebbs and flows perfectly! I also loved the sci-fi element! Cloning and these replica's, so interesting! It makes you question how far we should go with new science and what really makes you human! Will def. be picking up the sequel in the fall! I am filming a book review on this so I can share my thoughts on it, how I personally read it and if I thought the stories truly intertwined and etc! Be on the lookout for it soon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Only 99p/$1.34 on Kindle at the moment! UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Replica-Laur... US - https://www.amazon.com/Replica-Lauren... (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “They’ve been experimenting on the replicas,” This was a YA sci-fi story, about clones. Lyra was an okay character, and I did feel sorry for her, her side of the story didn’t feel very well-fleshed out though, and once I’d read Gemma’s story, Lyr Only 99p/$1.34 on Kindle at the moment! UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Replica-Laur... US - https://www.amazon.com/Replica-Lauren... (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “They’ve been experimenting on the replicas,” This was a YA sci-fi story, about clones. Lyra was an okay character, and I did feel sorry for her, her side of the story didn’t feel very well-fleshed out though, and once I’d read Gemma’s story, Lyra’s almost seemed a bit unnecessary. Gemma was a fuller character, and I liked her story much better. We actually got a lot more explanation as to what was really going on, and things made more sense. The storyline in this was about Lyra living on an island at some kind of facility where clones were grown and experimented on, and finding the chance to escape when an explosion blew the place up. Gemma’s story was about her finding out about the facility where Lyra was living, helping Lyra to escape, and finding out what her father’s involvement in everything was. The pace in this was pretty good though, and we did get a pretty major twist which was interesting. As for the whole two separate stories thing, I think it’s a bit of a gimmick. The story would have been better had it been Gemma’s story, with some chapters following Lyra thrown in (I read Lyra’s story followed by Gemma’s story, which is how the eARC was laid out). The ending to this was okay, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book in the series. 7 out of 10

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    It is such a shame that I could not give this book a higher rating, as I found the ideology behind the conception of the story, as well as how the book was physically set out, to be both unique and interesting. This story is told from the split perspective of Lyra and Gemma. Gemma is your average teenager, obsessed with how her peers perceive her and concerned over high-school dramas. Lyra isn't actually a human being at all, and is instead a cloned replica of an original person. She lives, along It is such a shame that I could not give this book a higher rating, as I found the ideology behind the conception of the story, as well as how the book was physically set out, to be both unique and interesting. This story is told from the split perspective of Lyra and Gemma. Gemma is your average teenager, obsessed with how her peers perceive her and concerned over high-school dramas. Lyra isn't actually a human being at all, and is instead a cloned replica of an original person. She lives, along with the other replicas, on Haven Island. There she is subjected to testing and harsh living environments. Gemma and Lyra's stories combine about a third of the way through their individual narratives. From this point, my adoration with the story quickly dwindled. What was originally an exciting concept, to lay the book out in two split sections, became a dull one. There were subtle differences in the plot that made each worth reading, but often the scenes overlapped and it just felt like you were reading the same thing twice over. The focus of this book was on identity and it was interesting, at first, to note the subtle different ways two people could react to and what they could take from the same happenings. I appreciated what the book was trying to do, but, after a while, this felt dull and repetitive rather than exciting and innovative. Also, if this book had continued to focus on the two original characters, it would still have managed to hold my interest. Instead, there were characters brought in, purely for added romantic drama, and this ruined any remaining affinity I had with the book. There were so many unnecessary characters and surplus drama when all I cared about was the central plot and the internal struggles of the protagonists. The extras felt like just that... extra. And not the good kind. For me, they served no purpose and I would have greatly preferred if this book had remained focused on the original and central topic of the concerns over identity, as well as the dystopian society being created, and continued to explore and open these themes up. In all, I found this an inspired concept, but unfortunately, it was just not for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Asma

    If you had any doubts about REPLICA by Lauren Oliver, you can drop them. Because this book is wonderfully marvelous through and through. It's complex, it's different, it's mind-bending. It's everything you've ever wanted. From the start, we're thrust into Lyra's world of hospitals and replicas, twisting in with Gemma's life of secrets. I read REPLICA alternating between Lyra and Gemma's chapters, which I believe lets us know more than reading each side of the story separately. I loved how there a If you had any doubts about REPLICA by Lauren Oliver, you can drop them. Because this book is wonderfully marvelous through and through. It's complex, it's different, it's mind-bending. It's everything you've ever wanted. From the start, we're thrust into Lyra's world of hospitals and replicas, twisting in with Gemma's life of secrets. I read REPLICA alternating between Lyra and Gemma's chapters, which I believe lets us know more than reading each side of the story separately. I loved how there are pretty much two stories in one book depending on how you choose to read it. It was incredibly genius of Lauren Oliver to be able to write Gemma and Lyra's story without spoiling the other, so that when combined you see their world in a greater aspect, but alone it's a shrouded mystery. It was pure epicness. And SO. WELL. DONE. Lyra was the more intriguing of the two: her story and the way she perceived things was incredibly interesting. Her side of the story had more action and depth than Gemma's, which I think is mainly because Lyra doesn't know much about our world, so she ended up experiencing more. While the ending did answer alot of important questions, I still feel like it was pretty open. Open endings may be nice, but this was too open for my tastes. Not a cliff hanger, but our characters' stories aren't fully wrapped up. Hence, the reason I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I thought I would. If you had any doubts (like I did), throw them out. For REPLICA is indeed: One. Epic. Novel. Full review to come on IceyBooks.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    A little better than I thought it would be. Although "Never Let Me Go" this is not, the whole replica setup is fairly interesting. But, of course, the moral dilemmas of cloning are mostly forgotten to give space to romances. Which kind of grated because the span of the story is about 3 days, and both girls manage to fall in love with strangers anyway. Eh. Only interested in how the duology ends if someone recaps the second book for me. Clones living on a scary compound hold my attention, kids in l A little better than I thought it would be. Although "Never Let Me Go" this is not, the whole replica setup is fairly interesting. But, of course, the moral dilemmas of cloning are mostly forgotten to give space to romances. Which kind of grated because the span of the story is about 3 days, and both girls manage to fall in love with strangers anyway. Eh. Only interested in how the duology ends if someone recaps the second book for me. Clones living on a scary compound hold my attention, kids in love on the run - don't. P.S. The dual narrative is an ineffective gimmick. If you read one half all the way through, the second doesn't have any reveals left. People in our group who alternated chapters from both sides ended up liking it better, which begs the question - why not write it this way?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I really liked the idea of this story being told from two entirely different sides. I started with Gemma and was instantly captivated. The pages turned quickly and I couldn't wait to see what was next. I also really enjoyed Pete and their scenes together. Even when they were in danger, Pete was taking care of Gemma. The Lyra side wasn't as exciting to me. I did like her scenes with Caelum and how they were slowly figuring things out. The mirrored scenes weren't a complete copy. My main complaint I really liked the idea of this story being told from two entirely different sides. I started with Gemma and was instantly captivated. The pages turned quickly and I couldn't wait to see what was next. I also really enjoyed Pete and their scenes together. Even when they were in danger, Pete was taking care of Gemma. The Lyra side wasn't as exciting to me. I did like her scenes with Caelum and how they were slowly figuring things out. The mirrored scenes weren't a complete copy. My main complaint is that I wanted more from the story. Where each side ended was hopeful, but not really cemented. Overall, it was an intriguing read that I think a lot of people will enjoy. **Huge thanks to Harper and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**

  13. 4 out of 5

    rin 눈_눈 WATCH GOOD OMENS

    I liked the idea of a 2-in-1 book, but it only worked when MCs were separate. I also liked the idea of the story, but overall, I can't say I enjoyed it. I also couldn't connect with characters, so I didn't really even care about them. Not sure if I'm going to continue the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    NEW LAUREN OLIVER BOOK! I want it now!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeann (Happy Indulgence)

    This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! They say there’s three sides to every story – and there’s three ways of reading Replica. With two stories printed on either side of the book, you can choose to read one story at a time, or alternate chapters between Lyra and Gemma, which is what I did. Lyra is a replica who starts off life in a research institute, who has never known anything else. Being subjected to endless medical experiments and seeing countless peers suff This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! They say there’s three sides to every story – and there’s three ways of reading Replica. With two stories printed on either side of the book, you can choose to read one story at a time, or alternate chapters between Lyra and Gemma, which is what I did. Lyra is a replica who starts off life in a research institute, who has never known anything else. Being subjected to endless medical experiments and seeing countless peers suffer and die, I kind of thought she would be more traumatised or emotionally affected at her circumstances. However, despite her disturbing back story, Lyra kind of felt bland and boring. As she discovers the real world around her with the boy replica 72, she endlessly compares life to the research institute. She didn’t really have a strong personality and didn’t feel like a very believable character. On the other side is Gemma, a girl who is searching for answers about her past which leads her to Haven, the same research institute where Lyra resides. Despite her insecurities with her weight and her swooning for the pervy Pete and later, the symmetrically pleasing Jack, there also wasn’t much personality to her. She thought about kissing and her crushes at the most inopportune times, like when a man is holding a gun to her friend’s head. Also it’s kind of weird feeling anything for a love interest who is constantly referred to as “Pervy”, but there you have it. If Lyra is from the freaky dystopian future, then Gemma is more of a contemporary character who is struggling with her identity. Being the key selling point of the book, I was waiting for their storylines to converge, but when it got there, it was kind of underwhelming. Seeing the same situation happen in both of the characters point of views was repetitive and didn’t really give any useful deeper insight. As twists and secrets unfold while reading each perspective, I also felt like reading one side of the story first would spoil the other. While I always find clones to be a fascinating topic, Replica doesn’t really delve too deep when it comes to them. I also didn’t like how the book lacked action despite a few dead bodies here and there and some explosions. There wasn’t much excitement while reading the story, despite a mild mystery as to what really happened at Haven. Upon reaching the end, I felt kind of disappointed like there wasn’t really a point to the story. This isn’t the first time I’ve read a Lauren Oliver book – in fact, it’s the 5th one I’ve read from the author. Aside from Delirium, which I read at the peak of my dystopian phase, I’ve been disappointed with each and every one. Replica was no different and I don’t think I’ll pick up any of her other books after this. The books always end up focusing on a romance that I don’t really care about and bland characters with no personality. This is also the first book of hers that I’ve read that is set in third person perspective and it just didn’t feel natural, with a lot of “She did this, she did that, then she talked to this person”. Even a pretty package and a cool premise couldn’t save Replica for me, with it’s bland characters, lacklustre plot and direction-less story. At over 500 pages, it’s quite a long book to be invested in and it really dragged out for me. While some people might enjoy the alternating chapters, I found myself to be quite disappointed when I reached the end. I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cesar

    2.5 stars There comes a day when an author you like writes a book you aren't fond of. This is one of those days, unfortunately. I'm a fan of Lauren Oliver. I liked Before I Fall, the Delirium trilogy (Yes, I did like Requiem but a little miffed about the ending), and I even liked Panic, Rooms and Vanishing Girls despite their flaws. So when Lauren announced Replica, I was intrigued by it. And when I heard about the format it was written in, I was almost excited to read it. However, Replica was a b 2.5 stars There comes a day when an author you like writes a book you aren't fond of. This is one of those days, unfortunately. I'm a fan of Lauren Oliver. I liked Before I Fall, the Delirium trilogy (Yes, I did like Requiem but a little miffed about the ending), and I even liked Panic, Rooms and Vanishing Girls despite their flaws. So when Lauren announced Replica, I was intrigued by it. And when I heard about the format it was written in, I was almost excited to read it. However, Replica was a bit of a disappointment for me. Replica is told from two perspectives, Lyra and Gemma. Lyra is a replica, a clone that was created for unknown reasons and lives with other clones at the Haven Institute. There, the replicas are observed by several doctors and the reason for it isn't explained to the replicas. Lyra never questioned her life until she starts to suspect something isn't right about a few things. Then there's an attack at Haven and Lyra and a male replica, number 72, escape and run into Gemma. Gemma is just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. She's been in and out of hospitals for most of her life and wants to feel normal, not be this sick person. One day, after she is nearly kidnapped by some creep, Gemma discovers that her father had some connections to the Haven Institute. Her curiosity leads her to Florida where she encounters Lyra. Both girls begin to discover what is really going on at Haven and with these answers, their lives are in danger. The premise alone sounds enticing. You got clones and government conspiracy. It makes for a great book. Sadly, it wasn't what I had expected. The Cons outweigh the Pros but I'll start with the Pros because while I didn't enjoy much of the book, there were a few things I did like. Pros - The mystery behind the Haven Institute. I do like a good mystery and the Haven Institute is one big mystery. I wanted to know just what the hell is going on in that building. - Plot. There were parts of the book that was engaging and captured my attention. Parts of the book does have good scenes where there are conspiracies and some revelations. Here comes the Cons. Cons - The characters. The characters fell flat for me for the most part. At the beginning of each story, Lyra and Gemma had the potential to be good characters. But as the story goes on, they didn't change much. There wasn't much of a gradual change within them. If I had to choose, I did like Gemma more than Lyra but I didn't care for either of them. They aren't bad characters, but they're not the best either. - The writing. The book was written in 3rd person and while I do like 3rd person, it didn't do well for this book. Lauren is a great writer and an even better writer when she's writing in 1st person. Rooms and Panic are written in 3rd person, but I did like them, even with their flaws because of the characters. But for Replica, the writing hindered on the character development. I wasn't really that engaged with the writing. It was even bland at some parts. - The format of the book. The book is written in an interesting way. On one side, you have Lyra's story and if you flip the book, you have Gemma's story. While it does seem like a unique way to read a book, it didn't do well for me. At the beginning, the format was good and done well. But as the story progresses, it begins to fall apart a bit. I get the idea of having two characters having different thoughts on one big event, but it became tedious and frankly a little boring at some parts. I really wanted to like Replica. By no means do I think Replica is a bad book. It has it's moments. And while I did enjoy some parts, most of it was just not good. This brings up the question if I want to read the sequel, Ringer. And the answer is... yes. Why? Because I do want to know what's going to happen to the story and characters. Though my expectations will not be as high as they were for Replica. Also there's th fact that I hate quitting a series when I don't know if the next book will be better. And since Replica is a duology, I don't mind having to read 1 more book. I think I might read one story first and then start the other instead of alternating between both characters. Verdict It was a bit sad to see that I didn't like a Lauren Oliver book. I liked her other ones even with their flaws. But Replica was just not for me. In the end... Thanks for reading my review! -Cesar

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This is a hard book to rate. The alternating aspect is something I have no idea if I like or not honestly. I started with Lyra's story first then read Gemma's story. The beginning is rather slow but then picks up around the halfway point of Lyra's story. Around this part it sucked me in enough to enjoy Gemma's for the most part. I have book two of the duology with me right now so will read it by alternating POVs back and forth after each chapter to see if I like that more or less.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    3.5 stars. "You are mine and I am yours." This book was really unexpected & unique in so many ways. The fact that it's split in half and can be read in like a million different ways felt really confusing to me at first, but it actually works PERFECTLY. The only bad thing I can say is that I felt disconnected. The characters were likable, the story was intriguing, but I didn't love this. At first I thought this was going to be a standalone and I was happy about that, but nope. It's a series at 3.5 stars. "You are mine and I am yours." This book was really unexpected & unique in so many ways. The fact that it's split in half and can be read in like a million different ways felt really confusing to me at first, but it actually works PERFECTLY. The only bad thing I can say is that I felt disconnected. The characters were likable, the story was intriguing, but I didn't love this. At first I thought this was going to be a standalone and I was happy about that, but nope. It's a series at ANOTHER book I have to die waiting for.. sigh. But the ending left off at a good place, so I don't think it'll be too bad. FULL REVIEW TO COME~

  19. 5 out of 5

    Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)

    4.5 Stars When I first heard about this new Lauren Oliver book, I knew it would be nothing short of amazing. This is the story of a clone and a human, both connected to a disturbing human cloning institute. I would say that the way that this book is written is one of the best parts, since there are so many options. Replica is sure to blow your mind. Replica is a story all about clones, human replicas. The story is told in two perspectives, a clone's and a human's. Basically, the institution where 4.5 Stars When I first heard about this new Lauren Oliver book, I knew it would be nothing short of amazing. This is the story of a clone and a human, both connected to a disturbing human cloning institute. I would say that the way that this book is written is one of the best parts, since there are so many options. Replica is sure to blow your mind. Replica is a story all about clones, human replicas. The story is told in two perspectives, a clone's and a human's. Basically, the institution where the clones are made is blown up, causing the girls' paths to cross. There is so much suspense as they try and uncover the true motive of the Haven Institute, and there are many plot twists. I found Replica to be kind of like Orphan Black, so if you are a fan of the show, you will love this book. I really enjoyed the setting of Replica. Part of the story takes place in an institute full of clones. As if the hospital and the cloning wasn't eerie enough, the Haven Institute is located on an island and surrounded by armed guards. I found this to be perfect for Halloween and the fall season. All the secrecy really drew me in, and I found it hard to tear my eyes off the page. What I really loved about Replica is the way it's written. The layout of the book is so original, since there are three ways to read: Lyra's side first, Gemma's side first, or alternating between the two. I started with Lyra's side for no particular reason other than it being on the front cover. I was totally expecting to read the same story twice, but I was pleasantly surprised to see two completely different sides. Somehow, Lauren Oliver has woven two girls from opposite backgrounds together in a way that makes perfect sense. Both sides have these massive plot twists that I never saw coming. You can never go wrong with a good old Lauren Oliver book. Replica is a clone book featuring two very different girls. The story revolves around a creepy cloning institution, which is actually perfect for fall. I loved the way this book was written and would definitely recommend it, especially to fans of Orphan Black.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Interesting look at cloning and human experimentation from the perspective of two girls—one who has grown up in a lab as a human guinea pig, and another whose father is responsible for the experiments, and who is trying to figure out what exactly her connection is to the Haven Institute. Really good emotional exploration. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    I'm not sure I've ever been happier to have finished a book in my life. You may ask why I didn't DNF this? Truly, I don't know. I was buddy reading this with Audris so I didn't want to give up on it (even though she wasn't enjoying it either). However, about halfway through, I did start skimming and was paying little to no attention to the plot, characters, etc. I just did not care about anything in this book. I've seen a lot of reviews mentioning how they enjoyed the aspect of having 2 different I'm not sure I've ever been happier to have finished a book in my life. You may ask why I didn't DNF this? Truly, I don't know. I was buddy reading this with Audris so I didn't want to give up on it (even though she wasn't enjoying it either). However, about halfway through, I did start skimming and was paying little to no attention to the plot, characters, etc. I just did not care about anything in this book. I've seen a lot of reviews mentioning how they enjoyed the aspect of having 2 different points of views. Normally, I enjoy books with multiple points of views but in my opinion, this added nothing to the book and the transitions were awkward at times. I enjoyed reading Gemma's more than Lyra's. Also, I wasn't really invested in the story so I didn't want to read 2 different points of views of which ultimately ended up being the same story. Also, I have to mention the writing. The writing in this book was horrendous. I'm not talking about the style of the writing. I'm referring to the grammatical issues with this book and how awkward some of the phrasing was. Also, Oliver is a huge fan of dashes (-). There must have been hundreds in this book; it was ridiculous and very distracting after awhile. Here are some quotes from the book that I pulled that I had a lot of issues with and/or questions about: "Nurse Cheryl - the name came back to Lyra suddenly, loosed from the murky place it had been stuck - Nurse Cheryl, nicknamed Curly for her hair, which corkscrewed around her face, buzzed them in." What a choppy and irritating sentence. It just went on and on, elongated by dashes and endless commas. I could put this sentence into a quarter of what it actually is without losing any meaning and saving myself from a headache. "This felt like being with Squeezeme, but more, bigger." First of all, Squeezeme is the name for the blood pressure monitor. Super creepy name, what's the issue with calling it what it is? Or at least something different than Squeezeme.... And also, what is this wording? "But more, bigger?" WHAT? In my opinion, the writing in this book was awful and extremely distracting to myself as a reader. Obviously, I'm in a minority with my opinion of this book. This book has endless 4 and 5 star reviews but I just don't see it. I bought this book with tons of excitement and confidence in it but it was all lost by the time I finally finished.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dany Burns

    I found this book to be a little dry. I think lots of people were excited for this book because of the format where on one side is one girl's story and then you can flip it over for the other story. I think this is an interesting format but I read a book with a similar format called Sincerely, Sophie; Sincerely, Katie and I own a book called Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski who wrote house of leaves which also has a similar format, so this idea wasn't was new or exciting to me as it may h I found this book to be a little dry. I think lots of people were excited for this book because of the format where on one side is one girl's story and then you can flip it over for the other story. I think this is an interesting format but I read a book with a similar format called Sincerely, Sophie; Sincerely, Katie and I own a book called Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski who wrote house of leaves which also has a similar format, so this idea wasn't was new or exciting to me as it may have been to some people. As far as the actual story goes I thought it had a lot of potential to be interesting but I was often a little bored while reading it. None of the things that were supposed to surprise me every really did, I didn't think that either of the main girls, Gemma and Lyra, really ever had a chance to develop strong personalities which lead to me not really enjoying either of their characters. I read this book flipping back and forth after each chapter which I think did work fairly well and I really have no interesting in re-reading this book using a different method though someone else could choose to just read one side straight through and then switch to the next and I don't think much would be lost. I think if you do read it that way start with Lyra's side, just because I found her story to be more boring so it might be better to end the book on a stronger note and read Gemma's side second. There was also a lot of insta-love in this book and that is something I really don't like and the author also sort of included a love triangle so that is two different relationship tropes that I really do not enjoy crammed into one book. Overall I thought this was definitely an interesting concept for a book but I don't feel like the format added anything very interesting to the story and like I said I've seen books like this before. The switching perspectives weren't too repetitive or anything but it didn't add anything to the story either. I may read the next book in the series but this book didn't leave off on a cliffhanger or anything so I'm not dying to find out what happens next or anything. definitely just an average book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    * I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * Sadly, this book just didn't work for me. In this story we follow two viewpoints which have been separated out into two separate narratives. One is Gemma, a young girl from a privileged household whose only worries are being overweight and feeling left out. The other is Lyra, a girl in an institution where all sorts of medicines are regularly being tested on her. The two don't know each other, but they are linked la * I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * Sadly, this book just didn't work for me. In this story we follow two viewpoints which have been separated out into two separate narratives. One is Gemma, a young girl from a privileged household whose only worries are being overweight and feeling left out. The other is Lyra, a girl in an institution where all sorts of medicines are regularly being tested on her. The two don't know each other, but they are linked later in the book so some passages of speech are repeated in the second half. In terms of story, I just found this whole book incredibly predictable which meant that right from the start I didn't love it. Sadly, a lot of the plot is (in my opinion) given away by the title and the blurb and so going into it it's quite easy to guess what may happen. Although there are a few slight interesting moments, the majority of this book just really didn't work out for me, and when you add in an instant romance storyline...well I am afraid it lost me then... On the whole I just found far too much of this to be predictable and unbelievable. I don't think the characters felt fleshed out, and I felt as though the world was just average. In terms of the dialogue and plot they are ok, but nothing more, and there were some elements which had clearly been added just so they could say it had x, y, and z e.g.(view spoiler)[the gay family members were quite clearly just thrown in becuase it was a talking point and would be something 'different' not just becuase that's how it was. (hide spoiler)] I wouldn't say that this book is one I thought I would love, but it's certainly a book which I didn't end up liking. I will give it credit in saying it's a quick read and easy read, but otherwise it just wasn't a book I liked at all really. 1.5*s

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    4.5 Stars “They were born for the first time in their bodies. They were born together. They came together into the world as everyone should - frightened, uncertain, amazed, grateful. And for them the world was born, too, in all its complexity and strange glory. They had a place in it, at last, and so at least it became theirs to share.” This book surprised me in the best way. I’ve been getting into scifi more recently and the sequel is coming out next month, so I figured it was the perfect time 4.5 Stars “They were born for the first time in their bodies. They were born together. They came together into the world as everyone should - frightened, uncertain, amazed, grateful. And for them the world was born, too, in all its complexity and strange glory. They had a place in it, at last, and so at least it became theirs to share.” This book surprised me in the best way. I’ve been getting into scifi more recently and the sequel is coming out next month, so I figured it was the perfect time to read this. But I was not expecting to become so emotionally invested in the characters and their story. Replica is a beautiful story that tackles what it means to be human and the power of choice and agency. Things I Liked I LOVED the parallels between Lyra and Gemma’s journeys. Both girls feel trapped and isolated as the story starts, but they start challenging their situations, desiring freedom and escape and taking control of their lives for first time in their life. Both girls really struggle with what’s “real” and defining what it means to be human. We see their identities redefined in front of their eyes as they uncover more secrets. We really see how Lyra and Gemma’s stories reflect and challenge the nature vs nurture dichotomy about what the “human” experience is in a way that was poignant and gripping. Replicas were really creepy! The language used was so desensitized and cold and made me really uncomfortable, but in a way that made me sympathize with the Replicas. It was so interesting seeing how the replicas spoke and interacted with others, because they have absolutely no socialization beyond other replicas and unsympathetic doctors and nurses. Seeing Lyra and 72, her fellow escapee, interact with a world they know nothing about, and their uncertainty was such a humanizing moment for two characters who are constantly referred to as “it.” I also really liked seeing the different experiences between Lyra and 72. I really liked the format of the story. It’s basically an alternating POV format, where we see from Gemma and Lyra’s perspectives - but more interactive. You can read Lyra’s chapters first, Gemma’s first, or alternate between the two. I read in a sort of weird alternating style: I read Lyra ch1, Gemma ch 1-2, Lyra ch2-3, Gemma ch3-4, and so on. Like I said, kind of weird, but it worked for me. And I read on an ebook which made reading alternately super easy, because there were links to the respective girl’s chapter and the end of each chapter. Even though there were 2 stories with their own distinct feelings happening simultaneously, it felt cohesive. I really liked most of the supporting characters we meet. Pete is so happy-go-lucky and optimistic; he really brought some levity to the heavier mystery scenes. 72 has such a resilience and strength that I really connected to. He’s so determined to be more than a pawn of the Haven Institute and you can feel his struggle. Things I Didn’t Like Chloe was your typical teen mean girl bully, and the worst part was she was barely even in the story! It was just unnecessary petty drama and didn’t add anything to the story, except an unnecessary eyeroll or two. I did end up liking all the romances in the story, but there was some insta-infatuation between a few characters that I didn’t really love. It provided some good flirty banter, but was also a little heavy handed at times. This book really made me think: about lived experiences, socialization, nature vs nurture, and what it means to be human. I loved seeing Lyra and Gemma fight for themselves and each other, even when they were unsure and scared. Replica is definitely a book that will stay with me, and I cannot wait for Ringer to be released next month! Trigger warning for mentions of self harm

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)

    The format is fascinating and I loved being able to switch POV whenever I wanted. The story itself was just lacking and felt far too rushed. Two people's stories squished in one book means that this seems to move at warped speed, with all the dreaded things that can bring *cough* INSTALOVE *cough*. I loved the format, but the story was lacking.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    I've read five of Lauren Oliver's books so far, and each one I've come to the same inevitable conclusion: her writing is stunning and her premises are intriguing, but, to me at least, each of her books lacks that extra something that transforms it from good to great. Unfortunately, Replica is no different. At it's core, Replica is the story of two girls: Gemma and Lyra. Lyra is a "Replica" - one of the clones created at the Haven Research Institute. When a fire breaks out at Haven, Lyra manages I've read five of Lauren Oliver's books so far, and each one I've come to the same inevitable conclusion: her writing is stunning and her premises are intriguing, but, to me at least, each of her books lacks that extra something that transforms it from good to great. Unfortunately, Replica is no different. At it's core, Replica is the story of two girls: Gemma and Lyra. Lyra is a "Replica" - one of the clones created at the Haven Research Institute. When a fire breaks out at Haven, Lyra manages to escape. While escaping, Lyra runs into Gemma - a socially awkward teenager who is on a mission trying to discover the secret her father is hiding about the Haven Institute. Though they're completely different from one another, Gemma and Lyra are both extremely relatable and well-developed characters. They're extremely easy to relate to and sympathize for, and their narrations feel extremely authentic as well. Gemma and Lyra's wonderful characterization adds an extra layer to the novel and does a great deal in making the story feel even more believable. Ultimately, though, I was just hoping for a bit more. Yes, the story is interesting, but there was nothing about it that was especially memorable. Additionally, the romances all suffered from severe cases of instalove, which made it hard to enjoy them. Despite its flaws though, it is still an engaging and entertaining read. While I feel that people who aren't avid readers will especially enjoy this story, more experienced readers will probably want something a bit more complex and intricate (to which I'd suggest All the Gifts by MR Carrey).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Songbird Bookworm

    The concept for this book was really interesting and Lauren Oliver did an amazing job at ensuring both characters had important roles to play in the overall plot. However, I didn't leave this book as blown away as expected and its clear that this installment is just the start of a larger overall arc. I loved the Replica side of this story and all the political and morality based questions that arose from this. It was a unique idea and I enjoyed uncovering the mysteries of Haven and seeing how our The concept for this book was really interesting and Lauren Oliver did an amazing job at ensuring both characters had important roles to play in the overall plot. However, I didn't leave this book as blown away as expected and its clear that this installment is just the start of a larger overall arc. I loved the Replica side of this story and all the political and morality based questions that arose from this. It was a unique idea and I enjoyed uncovering the mysteries of Haven and seeing how our characters dealt with the implications of now knowing some of these indeed awful things. For me, the romances felt a little unrealistic and while in one of the couples I could understand the feelings they felt i still would have preferred it to have been a slow burner romance, considering we still have more books with these characters. I also didn't enjoy some of the character descriptions or writing in which they used derogatory words to explain our characters inner thoughts. I can understand that it was used as a way to discuss our mains feelings of identity and show the development in character but for me, I didn't appreciate its repetition throughout the story. Overall the characters were likable enough and the story gripping enough that I will be looking at picking up the next book in the series. The stakes felt very high and I can see a lot of potential and growth from here on out for all our characters and the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eva ☾

    Rating: 3,5 stars I really liked the idea of this story being told from two entirely different sides. I started with Gemma and I really liked the concept of it.However in the beginning it was a little slow and boring. The Lyra side was my favorite. I was instantly captivated and I loved her scenes with Caelum and how they were slowly figuring things out. Nevertheless my main complain is that I wanted more from the story.Both sides were rushed and not as action-packed as I thought it would be. Overall Rating: 3,5 stars I really liked the idea of this story being told from two entirely different sides. I started with Gemma and I really liked the concept of it.However in the beginning it was a little slow and boring. The Lyra side was my favorite. I was instantly captivated and I loved her scenes with Caelum and how they were slowly figuring things out. Nevertheless my main complain is that I wanted more from the story.Both sides were rushed and not as action-packed as I thought it would be. Overall, it was an enjoyable read despite it's issues.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lala BooksandLala

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