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Dec 15, Adam Silvera rated it it was amazing Shelves: signed-copy , reads. Actually, this is technically two-books-in-one so that means it's a 10 star read : Full spoiler-free review soon, but for now, just know that I took my sweet, sweet time reading this because I loved it so much. Both stories, that is. I did have a SLIGHT preference to Lyra's narrative because she's a clone "replica" and I love reading books that are very familiar to our world with a speculative twist to them, and that's what Lyra's story offered from the get-go.
Still extremely fascinating to see the story from the other side of the street, too, where you have this every girl Gemma uncovering a greater mystery that's tied to the Haven Institute where Lyra was made. This reading format where you can bounce back and forth between the two stories is so ambitious, and I'm so happy it delivered in creating a fuller story without spoiling each girl's story. View all 8 comments. Nov 10, Trina Between Chapters rated it did not like it Shelves: , sci-fi , young-adult. This is one of the most fatmisic books I've ever read. It's blatantly harmful and never once challenged the fat shaming.
It also has a good deal of thin shaming. I would really recommend avoiding this book if you've ever had an eating disorder. There are also microaggressions toward mental illness, and a trigger warning for self harm. See my reading updates for direct quotes from the book and why I felt they were problematic.
My thoughts on the fat rep are from experience, as I'm a fat reviewer. Maybe not everyone will share my thoughts, and I don't claim to speak for everyone. I'm also not telling anyone not to read the book, or that they can't like it. I'm mad at the book only, not the readers.
Underdeveloped characters. Bland romances. The format was completely unnecessary, as the story was told entirely in 3rd person and I don't see why the two sides of the book couldn't be combined chronologically to avoid all the backtracking and repetitive scenes. The premise of the plot is better than the execution. There was one good twist, but the ending was so lackluster and the synopsis of the sequel doesn't seem like it will explore what I want it to, so I won't be continuing. If you want to read this, I highly suggest using the reading order from Pretty Geekery here: prettygeekery.
At the very least I would recommend starting with Gemma's first 8 chapters builds suspense, Lyra's side gives away everything from page 1 and ending with Gemma's last few chapters it has an actual ending, Lyra's does not. View all 6 comments. Well, I liked the idea anyway! I know it's not New Adult level, but Replica is very good at reclining from the main theme, diving into sexuality instead of sci-fi element it Two girls, two stories.
Bye, Replica! View all 29 comments. I have always appreciated Ms. The inventive layout of her latest novel was enough to convince me to buy the book as I have never encountered a flip book until Replica. Yep,just one book. Cool, right? I admit to not immediately liking her story because it start I have always appreciated Ms. View all 18 comments. Monsters, they call us. I love what Lauren Oliver set out to do in Replica. This format is perfect in this particular story as it focuses on the themes of individuality and identity in a world where there are clones, or human replicas unbeknownst to the rest of the w Monsters, they call us.
This format is perfect in this particular story as it focuses on the themes of individuality and identity in a world where there are clones, or human replicas unbeknownst to the rest of the world. Both stories promise to bring surprising revelations critically important to the other story meaning the way you choose to read this book could affect your reading experience.
Certain revelations would remain unknown throughout the first story you read. OR if you opt to alternate chapters. Read one Lyra, then one Gemma. I chose to alternate chapters. I truly loved how Lauren Oliver wrote scenes in both stories where there were minor differences because everybody has different perspectives and experiences. No two people experience the same thing.
That idea is displayed in these pages. And only brings home that theme of individuality just a little bit more. They lack brains. They keep it locked and sealed up tight with armed guards. Haven is a top-secret research facility where thousands of replicas are born, raised, and observed.
This is a mystery to the rest of the world leading to plenty of conspiracy theorists wanting to know what is kept on that military-guarded island. Lyra is an experimental subject at Haven, also known as The institute is all she knows only learning what those inside the walls allow her to learn. Until an explosion on the island gives her and a boy known only as 72 a chance to escape. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals all her life. Can you say secret road trip? The stories become intertwined somewhere along the way, which only raises more questions for both Lyra and Gemma about the mysteries of Haven.
The format is ambitious, but somehow leaves this feeling of disconnection.
It is interesting how the repetition of certain scenes truly displayed the idea of individual perspectives, but this was a flaw at the same time for how it impacted the pacing of the story never really adding anything additional to it. In other words, it made the book slower and boring at times. I did find the format fascinating and intriguing, but I also wonder if the joke is on the rest of us and really she only wrote a dual-POV novel and then separated them.
I'll have this thought when going into the sequel. There are a few big twists and secrets, as well as a satisfying ending that doesn't leave you hanging too bad. One side comment You could tell me it's the Haven institute in that movie and I wouldn't argue a bit. Anyway, good book. I'm still trying to figure out if I would have found it as thought-provoking if it had been written in the more typical dual-POV format. View all 3 comments. Jun 07, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi.
What a ride! I also loved the sci-fi element! Cloning and these replica's, so interesting! It makes you question how far we should go with new science and what really makes you human! Will def. I am filming a book review on this so I can share my thoughts on it, how I personally read it and if I thought the stories truly What a ride!
I am filming a book review on this so I can share my thoughts on it, how I personally read it and if I thought the stories truly intertwined and etc! Be on the lookout for it soon! Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss. Gemma was a fuller character, and I liked her story much better. We actually got a lot more explanation as to what was really going on, and things made more sense.
The storyline in this was about Lyra living on an island at some kind of facility where clones were grown and experimented on, and finding the chance to escape when an explosion blew the place up. The pace in this was pretty good though, and we did get a pretty major twist which was interesting.
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The ending to this was okay, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book in the series. View all 5 comments. Apr 02, Dannii Elle rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction-sagacity. It is such a shame that I could not give this book a higher rating, as I found the ideology behind the conception of the story, as well as how the book was physically set out, to be both unique and interesting.
This story is told from the split perspective of Lyra and Gemma. Gemma is your average teenager, obsessed with how her peers perceive her and concerned over high-school dramas. Lyra isn't actually a human being at all, and is instead a cloned replica of an original person. She lives, along It is such a shame that I could not give this book a higher rating, as I found the ideology behind the conception of the story, as well as how the book was physically set out, to be both unique and interesting.
She lives, along with the other replicas, on Haven Island. There she is subjected to testing and harsh living environments. Gemma and Lyra's stories combine about a third of the way through their individual narratives. From this point, my adoration with the story quickly dwindled. What was originally an exciting concept, to lay the book out in two split sections, became a dull one. There were subtle differences in the plot that made each worth reading, but often the scenes overlapped and it just felt like you were reading the same thing twice over.
The focus of this book was on identity and it was interesting, at first, to note the subtle different ways two people could react to and what they could take from the same happenings. I appreciated what the book was trying to do, but, after a while, this felt dull and repetitive rather than exciting and innovative. Also, if this book had continued to focus on the two original characters, it would still have managed to hold my interest. Instead, there were characters brought in, purely for added romantic drama, and this ruined any remaining affinity I had with the book.
There were so many unnecessary characters and surplus drama when all I cared about was the central plot and the internal struggles of the protagonists. The extras felt like just that And not the good kind. For me, they served no purpose and I would have greatly preferred if this book had remained focused on the original and central topic of the concerns over identity, as well as the dystopian society being created, and continued to explore and open these themes up.
In all, I found this an inspired concept, but unfortunately, it was just not for me. May 05, Asma rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star. Because this book is wonderfully marvelous through and through. It's complex, it's different, it's mind-bending. It's everything you've ever wanted. From the start, we're thrust into Lyra's world of hospitals and replicas, twisting in with Gemma's life of secrets. I loved how there are pretty much two stories in one book depending on how you choose to read it. It was incredibly genius of Lauren Oliver to be able to write Gemma and Lyra's story without spoiling the other, so that when combined you see their world in a greater aspect, but alone it's a shrouded mystery.
It was pure epicness. And SO. Lyra was the more intriguing of the two: her story and the way she perceived things was incredibly interesting. Her side of the story had more action and depth than Gemma's, which I think is mainly because Lyra doesn't know much about our world, so she ended up experiencing more.
While the ending did answer alot of important questions, I still feel like it was pretty open. Open endings may be nice, but this was too open for my tastes. Not a cliff hanger, but our characters' stories aren't fully wrapped up. Hence, the reason I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I thought I would. If you had any doubts like I did , throw them out. Full review to come on IceyBooks. View all 7 comments. Oct 10, Tatiana rated it liked it Shelves: , 1 , book-club , ya , starred , sci-fi. A little better than I thought it would be.
Although "Never Let Me Go" this is not, the whole replica setup is fairly interesting. But, of course, the moral dilemmas of cloning are mostly forgotten to give space to romances. Which kind of grated because the span of the story is about 3 days, and both girls manage to fall in love with strangers anyway.
Only interested in how the duology ends if someone recaps the second book for me. Clones living on a scary compound hold my attention, kids in l A little better than I thought it would be. Clones living on a scary compound hold my attention, kids in love on the run - don't. The dual narrative is an ineffective gimmick. If you read one half all the way through, the second doesn't have any reveals left. People in our group who alternated chapters from both sides ended up liking it better, which begs the question - why not write it this way? View 1 comment. Oct 02, Stacee rated it liked it Shelves: edelweiss , read-in I really liked the idea of this story being told from two entirely different sides.
I started with Gemma and was instantly captivated. The pages turned quickly and I couldn't wait to see what was next. I also really enjoyed Pete and their scenes together. Even when they were in danger, Pete was taking care of Gemma. The Lyra side wasn't as exciting to me. I did like her scenes with Caelum and how they were slowly figuring things out. The mirrored scenes weren't a complete copy. My main complaint I really liked the idea of this story being told from two entirely different sides.
My main complaint is that I wanted more from the story. Where each side ended was hopeful, but not really cemented. Overall, it was an intriguing read that I think a lot of people will enjoy. I liked the idea of a 2-in-1 book, but it only worked when MCs were separate. I also liked the idea of the story, but overall, I can't say I enjoyed it. I also couldn't connect with characters, so I didn't really even care about them. Not sure if I'm going to continue the series.
This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! With two stories printed on either side of the book, you can choose to read one story at a time, or alternate chapters between Lyra and Gemma, which is what I did. Lyra is a replica who starts off life in a research institute, who has never known anything else. Being subjected to endless medical experiments and seeing countless peers suff This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Being subjected to endless medical experiments and seeing countless peers suffer and die, I kind of thought she would be more traumatised or emotionally affected at her circumstances.
However, despite her disturbing back story, Lyra kind of felt bland and boring. As she discovers the real world around her with the boy replica 72, she endlessly compares life to the research institute. On the other side is Gemma, a girl who is searching for answers about her past which leads her to Haven, the same research institute where Lyra resides. If Lyra is from the freaky dystopian future, then Gemma is more of a contemporary character who is struggling with her identity.
Being the key selling point of the book, I was waiting for their storylines to converge, but when it got there, it was kind of underwhelming. As twists and secrets unfold while reading each perspective, I also felt like reading one side of the story first would spoil the other. While some people might enjoy the alternating chapters, I found myself to be quite disappointed when I reached the end. I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I want it now!!! View 2 comments. Oct 22, Suzanne rated it liked it. This is a hard book to rate. The alternating aspect is something I have no idea if I like or not honestly. I started with Lyra's story first then read Gemma's story. The beginning is rather slow but then picks up around the halfway point of Lyra's story. Around this part it sucked me in enough to enjoy Gemma's for the most part.
I have book two of the duology with me right now so will read it by alternating POVs back and forth after each chapter to see if I like that more or less. Aug 19, Cesar rated it it was ok. This is one of those days, unfortunately. I'm a fan of Lauren Oliver. So when Lauren announced Replica , I was intrigued by it. And when I heard about the format it was written in, I was almost excited to read it. However, Replica was a b 2.
However, Replica was a bit of a disappointment for me. Replica is told from two perspectives, Lyra and Gemma. Lyra is a replica, a clone that was created for unknown reasons and lives with other clones at the Haven Institute. There, the replicas are observed by several doctors and the reason for it isn't explained to the replicas. Lyra never questioned her life until she starts to suspect something isn't right about a few things.
Then there's an attack at Haven and Lyra and a male replica, number 72, escape and run into Gemma. Gemma is just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. She's been in and out of hospitals for most of her life and wants to feel normal, not be this sick person. One day, after she is nearly kidnapped by some creep, Gemma discovers that her father had some connections to the Haven Institute. Her curiosity leads her to Florida where she encounters Lyra.
Both girls begin to discover what is really going on at Haven and with these answers, their lives are in danger. The premise alone sounds enticing. You got clones and government conspiracy. It makes for a great book. Sadly, it wasn't what I had expected. The Cons outweigh the Pros but I'll start with the Pros because while I didn't enjoy much of the book, there were a few things I did like.
Pros - The mystery behind the Haven Institute. I do like a good mystery and the Haven Institute is one big mystery. I wanted to know just what the hell is going on in that building. There were parts of the book that was engaging and captured my attention. Parts of the book does have good scenes where there are conspiracies and some revelations.
Here comes the Cons. Cons - The characters. The characters fell flat for me for the most part. At the beginning of each story, Lyra and Gemma had the potential to be good characters. But as the story goes on, they didn't change much. There wasn't much of a gradual change within them. They aren't bad characters, but they're not the best either.
The book was written in 3rd person and while I do like 3rd person, it didn't do well for this book. Lauren is a great writer and an even better writer when she's writing in 1st person. Rooms and Panic are written in 3rd person, but I did like them, even with their flaws because of the characters. But for Replica, the writing hindered on the character development. I wasn't really that engaged with the writing. It was even bland at some parts. The book is written in an interesting way. On one side, you have Lyra's story and if you flip the book, you have Gemma's story. While it does seem like a unique way to read a book, it didn't do well for me.
At the beginning, the format was good and done well.
But as the story progresses, it begins to fall apart a bit. I get the idea of having two characters having different thoughts on one big event, but it became tedious and frankly a little boring at some parts. I really wanted to like Replica. By no means do I think Replica is a bad book. It has it's moments. And while I did enjoy some parts, most of it was just not good.
This reading format where you can bounce back and forth between the two stories is so ambitious, and I'm so happy it delivered in creating a fuller story without spoiling each girl's story. English Language Learners Definition of replica. Choose the Right Synonym for replica reproduction , duplicate , copy , facsimile , replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. The Lyra side wasn't as exciting to me. Keep my cart Add to cart. Yeah, why not indeed. Hence, the reason I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I thought I would.
This brings up the question if I want to read the sequel, Ringer. And the answer is Because I do want to know what's going to happen to the story and characters. Though my expectations will not be as high as they were for Replica. Also there's th fact that I hate quitting a series when I don't know if the next book will be better. And since Replica is a duology, I don't mind having to read 1 more book.
I think I might read one story first and then start the other instead of alternating between both characters. Verdict It was a bit sad to see that I didn't like a Lauren Oliver book. I liked her other ones even with their flaws. But Replica was just not for me. In the end Thanks for reading my review! Switch to new thesaurus. Something closely resembling another: carbon copy , copy , duplicate , facsimile , image , likeness , reduplication , replication , reproduction , simulacrum. Kopie Replik. Mentioned in?
Ai Weiwei back up carbon copy cast change clone copy counterblast counterpart create doll dolly double dummy duplicate duplication duplicator exact exacter. References in classic literature? But the little sound caused me to turn, and there upon me, not ten feet from my breast, was the point of that huge spear, a spear forty feet long, tipped with gleaming metal, and held low at the side of a mounted replica of the little devils I had been watching.
View in context. If you don't think it's lonesome wandering all by yourself through savage, unknown Pellucidar, why, just try it, and you will not wonder that I was glad of the company of this first dog--this living replica of the fierce and now extinct hyaenodon of the outer crust that hunted in savage packs the great elk across the snows of southern France, in the days when the mastodon roamed at will over the broad continent of which the British Isles were then a part, and perchance left his footprints and his bones in the sands of Atlantis as well. But once again Father Brown was tortured with a sense of having seen somewhere a replica of the face; and once again he remembered the repetitions of the glass-panelled room, and put down the coincidence to that.
Each was the replica of the other in everything except color.