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.
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.
I was intrigued and excited to read Replica by Lauren Oliver. While there are several ways to read this story, I chose to read both Lyra's and Gemma's stories separately rather than alternating them chapter by chapter.
I found Replica to be fascinating and really enjoyed While I leaned towards favoring Lyra, I also really liked Gemma as well. This story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. I highly recommend this book!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for a free copy of this book. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.