Dec 20, 2016
Author: Lauren Oliver
Format: eBookPublication Date: October 4, 2016
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
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 premise of Replica is incredibly fascinating, and I found myself more interested about the technical details. I really enjoyed Lyra’s half of the book, and I think I might have enjoyed Gemma’s if it wasn’t rehashing everything we had already learned in Lyra’s half of the story. That was the biggest flaw in this book for me, it was written as two separate books about the same thing. One from Lyra’s point of view, and one from Gemma’s. It’s not that I disliked either character, but there was so much redundency that I ended skimming large portions of Gemma’s book.
Lauren Oliver is a hit or miss author for me. Some of her books I have really loved and some have fallen extremely short. This book falls somewhere in the middle. It has great potential, but the point of view change for half a book was really annoying. I was just starting to feel like I was understanding Lyra and then I’m in Gemma’s head. And Gemma’s head is not nearly as intriguing as Lyra’s. It was just disjointed and really pulled me out of the story.
I will probably read the next book, just because I have alot of unanswered questions. I hope that the point of view change will be done more smoothly without taking away from the story. For this book I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“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