Replica - REVIEW

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
 Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver
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Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: YA, Sci-fi

I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book. It was written from the perspectives of two different girls. In one half we have Lyra's version. We learn about life in Haven and what it was like for her living as a replica in a tiny, as she sees it, protected bubble. People telling her what to do, where to go, when to eat and sleep. Constantly being poked and prodded, tested and treated as an object or an "it."

"We're not people. You said, 'These poor people have been through god knows what.' But we're replicas. God didn't make us. Dr. Saperstein did."

The other half of the book is from Gemma's perspective. When she discovers that her father has mysterious connections to a research facility called Haven, she travels to Florida to investigate. The more she learns the crazier things get. When Lyra and Gemma's lives intersect, things get even more interesting.

I enjoyed both girl's stories, but I found myself drawn more to Lyra. I felt for her. She knows nothing about the world beyond the walls of Haven. She has no idea how big the world is and she has, for the most part, accepted that she's not human and will most likely die before long.

I loved the twists in this book. The romance was sweet and didn't take center stage. What I most enjoyed about this book was its originality. You have multiple ways of reading the story. You can start with either Lyra or Gemma and read it straight through, flip it over and read the other girl's perspective or you can do what I did and alternate. I started with Lyra and I would read several chapters before flipping it over and reading several chapters of Gemma's story. I'm glad I read it the way that I did because each side compliments the other and adds details and insights you wouldn't get by simply reading one story at a time.

I was thrilled to finish reading this story in time for our trip to Yallfest where I was able to gush about how much I enjoyed it to the amazing, Lauren Oliver herself, who was kind enough to personalize both sides of my gorgeous copy!

This book is heading straight to my 2016 favorites list and I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. 

Loved It!

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