Book Review – Replica by Lauren Oliver

Book Review – Replica by Lauren Oliver
Book Review – Replica by Lauren OliverReplica by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
2 Stars

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked 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.

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 replicas, 24 and 72–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. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters. In either case, the two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable experience for its two young heroines–and for the reader.

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Lauren Oliver’s Replica has an interesting and alluring premise with two girls—one who was manufactured in a lab and one who is not—learning the truth about their life. The book has some moments that will left me flipping to the next page but in the end felt somewhat unsatisfied.

Replica is actually two different stories in one: Gemma’s story and Lyra’s story. You can either read them both separately or read them by flipping back and forth. I chose to flip back and forth. I’m glad I chose to do it that way because, although there some repetition with the dialogue, you pick up on some of the clues that you may forget by reading one story straight through.

Unlike some of Oliver’s other novels, I never truly felt fully engaged in the story or with the characters. I felt this strange disconnect with the two leads, especially Gemma. The most compelling thing about Gemma was her courage to leave her overprotective parents. But personality-wise, she was flat and boring. The romantic storylines were out of place, rushed, and, frankly unnecessary.

Between the two stories, I much preferred reading Lyra’s story, mostly because her and 72’s ignorance of the real world was interesting to read. I liked seeing the world through her eyes. I also quite liked seeing her learn to form relationships, explore what love means, and interact with others.

Both stories were fairly predictable from the beginning. While there was a good amount of action that moved the plot forward for most of the book, especially in the latter half of both stories, the ending was very abrupt and it felt like we were missing a resolution for both stories. Even though there is supposed to be a follow-up, the two endings to this story felt sudden, especially Lyra’s.

* I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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2 Stars
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Old and New Books on my Fall To-Read List

Old and New Books on my Fall To-Read List

My favorite season is in full swing! Crisp morning air means countless cups of coffee and tons of time cozy up with a book! Below I’ve listed several books I hope to get to this fall. Some of them are Fall 2016 releases and some are some oldies I’ve been wanting to read.

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1.) Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Beautiful by Christina Lauren

BEAUTIFUL just came out! It’s the final book in Christina Lauren’s Beautiful series. I’m in the mood for something light, so I hope this one is a good one! I’m curious to see what adult books CL will come out with next! I know a YA is scheduled for release next year.
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UPDATE 10/17/2016: I finished Beautiful over the weekend and thought it was so freaking sweet and funny. Such a good ending to this series. Annnnnd their next adult book is called Dating You / Hating You, out in June 2017. Read about it here.

2.) The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (Re-read)

It’s been over four years since I fell in love with Rose and Dimitri in the thrilling VAMPIRE ACADEMY series. I’m planning on doing a reread soon! Does anyone want to join me? I still need to finish the Bloodlines series!
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3.) What Light by Jay Asher

What Light

WHAT LIGHT is Jay Asher’s second book and I cannot wait to read it! It will be the perfect read for the holiday season. It’s an emotional young adult romance set in a Christmas tree farm in California!

UPDATE 10/17/2016: I finished this book over the weekend too and I didn’t find the story to be as developed as I was hoping. I was looking for a light and charming YA romance but this one felt a little hollow. Review will be posted soon.
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4.) The Mothers by Brit Bennett

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

THE MOTHERS has been getting a ton of buzz this fall. The publisher has been releasing some teaser quotes that I love! “All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”
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5.) Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

One of my best friends is a huge young adult reader and recommended that I read Cynthia Hand’s UNEARTHLY series. Has anyone read it? It’s been out for awhile. It’s about a girl who finds out she’s half-angel. She starts having dreams with a boy. When she moves and starts a new school, the boy in her dreams is there!
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6.) Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

I feel like every one of my book friends has read SUGAR DADDY by Lisa Kleypas and really enjoyed it. Since I’ve been dying to find really good contemporary romances, I figured I would finally pick this one up. Do you have any other awesome contemporary romance recommendations?
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7.) The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

THE ART OF CRASH LANDING came highly recommended to me by one of my book friends! I read the opening paragraph and was hooked. Here is the first line: “Twenty-seven minutes is, if anyone ever asks, exactly how long it takes to cram everything I own into six giant trash bags.”
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8.) After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell

I had never heard of AFTER YOU’D GONE until a few months ago. I was perusing around the bookish posts on Tumblr and came across this incredibly moving quote: “What are you supposed to do with all the love you have for somebody if that person is no longer there? What happens to all that leftover love? Do you suppress it? Do you ignore it? Are you supposed to give it to someone else?” I immediately added this book on Goodreads after reading that quote.
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9.) The Next by Stephanie Gangi

The publisher recently sent THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi to me for review consideration and it sounds like the perfect October read! From the synopsis: “Is there a right way to die? Follow Joanna DeAngelis as she travels from life into death, through memory and beyond desire, across the streets of New York City, searching for the answer and seeking vengeance against the man who wronged her.” Doesn’t this sound good?
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10.) From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
I recently got this book from the publisher, and I am excited to read this one. It’s Amy Harmon’s upcoming historical novel set during the tumultuous times of World War II. From the synopsis: “Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.”
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âžś What books are on your fall to-read list?

The List - Old & New Books on my To-Read List


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