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This was one probably one of my most highly anticipated reads this year. I heard Oliver speak about Replica at the Southern Book festival and I immediately came home and ordered a copy. The really cool thing with this story is the reading experience. Not only do you have a fascinating plot (Girl who has never fit in finds she has a connection with a secretive research facility that creates clones), but you also can choose how you want to experience the story. Replica is a "flip book", which means you can choose to read Lyra’s story first then flip the book over and read Gemma’s story, read Gemma’s story first then flip the book over and read Lyra’s story or you can alternate chapters between the two POV’s (which is what I did). Really cool concept that I think added a neat aspect to the story! By reading alternating chapters, I got to see how Lyra and Gemma reacted differently to the same situations. Perspective is everything! Oliver did an amazing job developing these characters. Not only did I feel invested in what happened to them, but I genuinely believed their story arcs. Some may say that the character’s reactions or parts of the plot were predictable, but that didn’t deter me from devouring this book. Replica is a really solid and unique read. The story is action packed, full of emotion and really makes you think. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one in the series! Check it out!
From School Library Journal Gr 8 Up—This unusual piece of fiction will be a winner among teens. Written as a “flip book,” the volume has two novels in one. Readers will experience the story from two different characters’ perspectives. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has always been sickly and alone most of her life. Her existence changes in a hurry when she is followed and questioned about what she knows about Haven, a secret research facility to which her father seems to have a connection. Eventually, she starts to investigate and travels to Florida, where she finds two replicas who are actually clones who have escaped from the facility. Turning the book over, readers get the story from the viewpoint of Lyra, who is one of the clones. Each point of view can be read in its entirety one at a time or in alternating chapters. Oliver has managed to create different tempos and moods in each tale, which allows readers to better understand the characters. Young adults will enjoy this unique reading experience. While the narrative is accessible to middle and high school readers, occasional strong language will make it a choice for older teens. VERDICT Reading this book in alternating chapters as an ebook could prove challenging, so libraries will want to have this hit available to teens in a print format.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Replica Paperback – June 20, 2017 by Lauren Oliver (Author) Review
It’s impossible to review this book without reviewing the format, because the format directly impacts the reading experience. I’m not sure that’s a good thing. But let’s try to separate the two, for a minute. The StoryIt’s a good story. Lauren Oliver can write, and she knows this area well. The Delirium trilogy trod similar thematic ground; a dystopian world and the effect it has on young women, especially the impact that science and the patriarchy has on the independence, the hearts and minds of young women. I’m not sure that she is treading new ground here — that story has been told so many times — but for those who enjoy the genre, it’s a solid read. The FormatPerhaps knowing that the story itself is a bit run-of-the-mill, Ms. Oliver tries to break it up with a different format. There are two complete books, printed back-to-front and upside-down. So you can read one chapter from the perspective of Lyra, and then you can turn the book upside down and flip backwards, and read the same chapter from the perspective of Gemma. This is, unfortunately, just as awkward as it sounds, especially since many of the chapters are really short. It’s just cumbersome and breaks up the flow. You can also give up, as I did, and just read the two stories as novellas – but much of the conceit is reading first one take and then the other. I really, truly don’t know why the author didn’t just alternate chapters. I suspect the answer is that wouldn’t be cool and innovative. I am so sorry to sound snarky. I don’t mean to. But this feels like it breaks a very simple rule of storytelling: just tell the story. -Read Reviews-
I bought this shortly after it was released but I could not finish it. The story is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but the writing is horrible. I was reading it one chapter from each girl has I went but it was so poorly writin I couldn’t continue. I’m sure I will evently pick it up again to see how it ends but I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone.
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