Replica by Lauren Oliver is a fantastic young adult science fiction novel coming out October, 2016. Oliver takes an interesting approach to storytelling by writing two books as one. Half the book is the story of Lyra, the other half is the story of Gemma. Their stories meet in the middle, giving a new perspective on the transpiring events.
The stories take place in a modern day setting from the point of view of two teenage girls. Lyra’s story starts off with her life as a clone at Haven, a medical facility that she has known for her whole life. When there is an explosion at the facility, Lyra escapes with two friends and start to discover the truth about Haven and who they are. Gemma’s story begins with a bullied, sickly girl living her life with overprotective parents. Her father works for an important medical company and is often away on business. When her parents cancel her plans for spring break and things get to be too much, she takes off with an unexpected friend. Gemma stumbles upon Haven by accident and is soon dragged in to a mess of conspiracy that she was, unbeknownst to her, already deeply entangled in.
This book, while being a fantastic story, addresses many things that the teenage audience can relate to. In Lyra’s story, the main topics are self-discovery and understanding happiness. Gemma’s story really focuses on body image and finding what makes each person unique.
I read the story of Lyra first and would definitely recommend doing the same. Reading her story first created an incredible foundation for Gemma’s perspective, but the beauty of Oliver’s writing is that each book is its own individual capsule. You can read the books in any order, at any time, and still get as wrapped up in the world she has created.
The book comes out in October, 2016, and is definitely a must-read for anyone who loves a good scifi adventure with strong female leads!
I read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy which is the pre-publication edition of a book sent out by publishers for review and publicity. The reviews I leave here are my honest opinions of the books I’ve been reading and have really enjoyed. I’m not payed to say any of this, I just liked the books! If you liked the review, let me know! If you have any particular requests for genres, authors, or titles, I’d be happy to oblige. Keep your eyes open for more reviews like this coming soon, there are some great books coming out in the next few months!