ARC Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver


Book cover for Replica by Lauren Oliver

I received an ARC from HCC Frenzy‘s Frenzy Presents event.

Title: Replica (Replica #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

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When I first heard about this new Lauren Oliver book, I knew it would be nothing short of amazing. This is the story of a clone and a human, both connected to a disturbing human cloning institute. I would say that the way that this book is written is one of the best parts, since there are so many options. Replica is sure to blow your mind.

Replica is a story all about clones, human replicas. The story is told in two perspectives, a clone’s and a human’s. Basically, the institution where the clones are made is blown up, causing the girls’ paths to cross. There is so much suspense as they try and uncover the true motive of the Haven Institute, and there are many plot twists. I found Replica to be kind of like Orphan Black, so if you are a fan of the show, you will love this book.

I really enjoyed the setting of Replica. Part of the story takes place in an institute full of clones. As if the hospital and the cloning wasn’t eerie enough, the Haven Institute is located on an island and surrounded by armed guards. I found this to be perfect for Halloween and the fall season. All the secrecy really drew me in, and I found it hard to tear my eyes off the page.

What I really loved about Replica is the way it’s written. The layout of the book is so original, since there are three ways to read: Lyra’s side first, Gemma’s side first, or alternating between the two. I started with Lyra’s side for no particular reason other than it being on the front cover. I was totally expecting to read the same story twice, but I was pleasantly surprised to see two completely different sides. Somehow, Lauren Oliver has woven two girls from opposite backgrounds together in a way that makes perfect sense. Both sides have these massive plot twists that I never saw coming. You can never go wrong with a good old Lauren Oliver book.

Replica is a clone book featuring two very different girls. The story revolves around a creepy cloning institution, which is actually perfect for fall. I loved the way this book was written and would definitely recommend it, especially to fans of Orphan Black.

23 thoughts on “ARC Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

  1. irena_bookdustmagic says:

    I am soooo interested in this book.
    I know it was on Netgalley but I didn’t request it bc of it’s format and I think I’d enjoy it so much more in physical format.
    I’m so glad you rated it so high! That makes me believe I won’t be dissapointed.

    • Candid Cover says:

      I have been burned by formatting on Netgalley as well, so I know exactly where you are coming from! I think that this is one book that you need to experience properly. I hope that you love it when you get a chance to read it! 🙂

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I haven’t read anything by Oliver yet, but this one is definitely interesting. I may have to check it out. I especially like that you can choose how you read the story!

  3. Kimberly says:

    I just love Lauren Oliver so much! I am very excited to read this one and you have got me very intrigued. I think that the way this book is set up is so cool!

  4. Kelly says:

    So glad you enjoyed it! I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this, but the premise sounds so original that I’m completely intrigued and have a feeling I’m going to fall in love with it. The whole idea about the book being told from the main character’s perspective and a separate story for her clone’s perspective is awesome. Fabulous review!

  5. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight says:

    Oh YAYY I am so glad that you loved this one! It is one of my “must-read”s and I admit, I am putting it off because I worry that I am TOO excited! Lauren Oliver is one of my auto-buy authors, so I am super excited for it. And now that I see that you loved it, I am going to have to take the plunge- soon, it just sounds too good to wait! Fabulous review!

    • Candid Cover says:

      I hope that you love it as much as I did! It is definitely a little bit different than her other works, but it is Lauren Oliver we are talking about here!! 🙂

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