Replica (Replica Duology Series #1)

Replica (Replica Duology Series #1)

by Lauren Oliver


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From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity.

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.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The two distinct parts of this novel combine to produce an unforgettable experience for its two young heroines—and its reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062394170
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: Replica Duology Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 294,004
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

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Replica 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another favorite added to my list, courtesy of Lauren Oliver. Highly recommend reading alternating chapters.
Bookyogi More than 1 year ago
Lauren Oliver writes two stories about two different girls during the same time, bound together in one book. Creatively this book can be read one story at a time or chapter by chapter Lyra and then Gemma or all Lyra and all Gemma. For this first book I did it as it was bound, all one and then all the other. For Ringer I am going to try flipping back and forth. It’s an interesting concept, both physically as to how you can read the book and of the story itself, about cloning and how the subjects themselves relate to their very existence. There is a pretty significant plot twist which will make going in to the next book interesting as well.
csmmom More than 1 year ago
I debated back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to read this book.  It really isn't something I normally gravitate towards.  I found it as an audiobook on Overdrive and now am OBSESSED!  What a cool story and a great way to tell it.  I loved the dual perspectives.  I know there are a few different ways of reading this book but the version of audio that I had only allowed me to listen to it straight through and not by alternating chapters.   This was such an original story with romance and mystery and adventure.  It was so well done and I can't wait to pick up the sequel!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
After hearing/reading amazing things about this book I was finally able to read it and I have to agree with the many reviews I saw, it is a wonderful book. It is entertaining from beginning to end and however you want to read it. I decided to read one chapter from each PoV and I do admit at times it was a bit frustrating having to read some things what it felt like twice but in some chapters this way of reading it was the best because you get a complete image of what is going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not worth it! It is one of the most boring books i have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing too exciting...a little boring
13835877 More than 1 year ago
Replica is such a unique and interesting story that had me so captivated I couldn't put down the book, even at 2 am when I should have been asleep. The way Gemma and Lyra's points of view each reveal different pieces of the same puzzle add to the mystery and intrigue of the story. I can't wait to find out what happens next with Gemma, Lyra, and Caelum.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Replica is an enthralling piece of fiction, one that is impossible to put down. Written by Lauren Oliver, a New York Times Bestselling author, it is a perfect mix of fiction and real life. It contains two intertwining stories, Gemma’s and Lyra’s, made into one novel. I would caution younger readers, as the book contains some language. Not only does it contain profanity, some of the concepts would/could be confusing and/or alarming, such as human (or as good as) experimentation. The book takes place mainly in Florida, and is, from what I gathered, as it doesn't outright say, set in modern day. An obvious theme of this book could be that there are two sides to every story. Replica, by Lauren Oliver, is an exciting, clever story, and I cannot wait for the next book. There are two sides to the overall story, in two different points of view. There is Gemma Ives’s point of view, and Lyra’s point of view. You can read them in any order you’d like, and you don’t have to read them both to understand the story. I would recommend reading Lyra’s point of view first, as I’m glad I did. It made the whole story make more sense, at least to me, because Lyra’s story gives you more background for Gemma’s. Lyra or, as she was called by her doctors, number 24, was born in Haven Institute, more commonly referred to as, simply, Haven. Well, actually, that’s not quite right. Lyra wasn’t born at all. She was made, or so she was told. She is a replica, a pretty euphemism for clone, which is really a euphemism for less than human. Lyra, along with countless other replicas, has a simple, unchanging routine. Wake up, have tests run, eat, more tests, sleep, repeat. The reason for the tests, Lyra is told, is that the cloning process is flawed, replicas get sick; they lose their memory, they go mad! But Lyra knows that the doctors are trying to cure them, trying to find medicine. So, Lyra’s routine continues, at least until something unheard of happens: a replica escapes from Haven! He is a male, number 72, and the doctors assume that he drowns in the marsh surrounding Haven. Everything settles back down, right up until it gets much worse. Lyra is walking on the beaches of Haven, unknowing if she is allowed to be or not, when she finds 72, the missing replica. He never left the island. Seconds after she sees him, her world lights up in flames. Someone had made it to Haven from the mainland, and they had set off a bomb. Lyra, and 72, survive by pure luck, and manage to get out to the marshes. There, they meet Gemma, an action that changes all of their lives. Gemma Ives is a normal girl, aside from the fact that she’s overweight, her father is extremely rich, and she is an alien. And by alien, she means social outcast. At least she’s not alone, she has her best friend, April. Gemma has been looking forward to her and April’s spring break trip to Florida ever since it was planned. But, less than a week before, she overhears a confusing conversation between her parents; it was something about some place called Haven, how something escaped, and how it wasn't safe for her to go to Bowling Springs (her vacation spot), as it was only 50 miles away from Haven. The next thing she knows, she’s not allowed to go. Gemma looks up everything she can about Haven, learning that it is some kind of research facility, and that her dad was one of the early funders, before he pulled out for an unknown reason. She finds a websites filled with conspiracy theories, and she decides she
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “They’ve been experimenting on the replicas,” This was a YA sci-fi story, about clones. Lyra was an okay character, and I did feel sorry for her, her side of the story didn’t feel very well-fleshed out though, and once I’d read Gemma’s story, Lyra’s almost seemed a bit unnecessary. 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. Gemma’s story was about her finding out about the facility where Lyra was living, helping Lyra to escape, and finding out what her father’s involvement in everything was. The pace in this was pretty good though, and we did get a pretty major twist which was interesting. As for the whole two separate stories thing, I think it’s a bit of a gimmick. The story would have been better had it been Gemma’s story, with some chapters following Lyra thrown in (I read Lyra’s story followed by Gemma’s story, which is how the eARC was laid out). The ending to this was okay, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book in the series. 7 out of 10
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
Replica is a book that requires a little bit of explanation before we even discuss the plot and the book's strengths and weaknesses. Replica tells the story of two girls, Lyra and Gemma. The book is written as two completely separate stories and you can choose how you would like to read them. You can either read Lyra's story and then Gemma's, Gemma's and then Lyra's, or alternate chapters as you go. I chose to start with Lyra and alternate every chapter. I definitely recommend alternating chapters, because it really keeps you in touch with both girls throughout the entire story. Gemma is a girl from a rich family, but she has been sick for most of her life and has therefore missed out on a lot of experiences. One day, frustrated with her situation, she stumbles upon a connection between her father and Haven, a mysterious research facility in Florida that seems to be shrouded in secrecy. Lyra is a replica. She lives in Haven with hundreds of other replicas and knows very little of the outside world. When Gemma and Lyra's worlds suddenly collide, the foundation of everything they know is shaken and their lives are changed forever. I was definitely intrigued by Replica as soon as I heard about it, and I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this story and was kept guessing throughout the whole book. Some of the twists really took me by surprise. I was blown away by some of the things that certain characters were capable of. There were a few plot points that were a little bit too convenient, however. A few things fell into place too easily. I still really enjoyed the book despite these issues, but they kept it from being a five star read for me. One of my favorite aspects of Replica was the characters. At first I was more interested in Lyra, because her story starts with a lot of excitement and intrigue. As I kept reading, though, I really became invested in Gemma and her story. I think by the end of the book I liked Gemma just a tiny bit more than Lyra, but I still cared about both girls. I also adored the secondary characters, primarily April, Pete, and Luke. I think Pete might have been my favorite thing about the entire book. I loved him so much. However, as much as I loved Pete and Luke, I don't think the "romance" between them and Gemma was really necessary. I put romance in quotes because it was so small that it barely existed. There was a slight hinting at a love triangle, but it never really developed. The romance aspect of the book was so trivial that it really didn't need to be there at all. This wasn't a book that needed romance; it was a great story on it's own without adding in any kind of love story. I do understand what Lauren Oliver was trying to accomplish by including romance in the story, but I think it should have been either left out completely or developed a lot more to prove her point. I definitely want to pick up the next book in this series and see how the story develops. I really want to know what happens to Gemma and Lyra and how they deal with the fallout of the events at the end of the book. I am intrigued to learn how many books will be in this series. I think it would be quite apropos to have this series as a duology. The dual storyline is a very cool writing technique, but it might get old after a while if this series continues on and on. Although, regardless, I will probably still check out whatever comes next for Gemma and Lyra.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I was glad that I started with the Lyra side of this novel as I felt that it set up the novel for me. The Lyra side didn’t contain as much detail as the Gemma side of the novel contained but it laid the story out for me, set the stage for the characters and it made me hungry for the rest of the novel. I had read all sorts of ways to attack this novel as there are two sides of this story, Lyra’s and Gemma’s and by flipping this novel over, you get to read both sides of the story. The popular way is to read them simultaneously, by flipping the novel back and forth, reading them together but I am one individual who likes to hear one side of the story at a time so I chose to read the shorter side first. Lyra is one of the individuals who are living on Haven, an island off the coast of Florida which is inhabited by humans and Replicas. Just like the name sounds, these Replicas are models, models created and living amongst other humans on the island. It is hard to tell the difference between a human and a Replica, you have to look very carefully to notice their differences. I would love to tell you more about the novel but I fear that I would spoil the novel but there are a few things that I think you should know to entice you to read this novel. The only individuals who leave the island are the staff and there are “rumors” about what actually is occurring on the island. Gemma knew nothing about this island until her best friend April and her were planning their Spring Break to Florida and Gemma’s father suddenly put the brakes on their plans. Frustrated, angry and now intrigued as to why her father doesn’t want her in Florida, Gemma starts to do some investigating on her own. Amazing too, Gemma’s house is now suddenly being vandalized but Gemma believes it is the girls from school. I loved how the author pulled these two stories together, their stories gradually weaving together, their two separate, distinct lives slowly crossing over boundaries and merging together until they somehow unite. Lauren Oliver did it again; she’s proven to me again why she is one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait till the next installment!
Myndia More than 1 year ago
Lyra and Gemma are strangers, but have more in common than they realize. Both of their lives are tied to the Haven Institute, neither of them knows the whole truth about the institute or even themselves. But after the institute is attacked by a protestor, the truth comes to light, and they both begin to find their true selves. This book is actually two books in one, the same story (essentially) told from two different perspectives – Lyra, who has lived at Haven her whole life, and Gemma, whose father was co-owner of the company that primarily funds Haven. The author says that you can read this as two separate books back to back, or a chapter from each. Since I was reading an ebook, I read them as two separate books, and that worked just fine for me. I can’t imagine constantly going back to the table of contents every chapter to bounce between the two books. It would break the flow for me, and I wouldn’t be able to lose myself in the story so much. Might work for you though. :) The ebook presents Lyra’s story first, followed by Gemma’s, so that is how I read it. While I enjoyed Lyra’s side of the story, it fell a little flat for me. Perhaps because, as replicas who were raised to believe they weren’t people, who had never experienced the outside world, their personalities – Lyra and 72 – didn’t have as much depth or range. Kind of like reading a story from the perspective of a small child. Gemma’s story, however, filled in a lot of the blanks and was more full of life. Lyra’s story was much more introspective, and Gemma’s was more complex. Of course, by the time I read Gemma’s story, I already had all the info from Lyra’s, so that probably had a lot to do with it feeling more “complete” as well. Perhaps I would have had the opposite experience if I had read Lyra’s story already informed by Gemma’s. :) It was interesting and unique approach, and I enjoyed it. I’m glad to discover it’s a series because, though it was relatively long, it could have been longer. I would have liked to see it end further down the road, when they had more answers. I’d like to see what happens to the relationships of these two couples. And I’d really like to see the scientists at Haven get their just desserts. And I will definitely be reading the next in series to get those answers. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Replica is the story of two girls coming together in a way they never imagined! With Gemma's life only revolving around home, school and her one true friend, Alice due to her been sick most of her life. When she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, it forces her to leave her comfort zone to find out what is truly going on there and what is her father's involvement with the facility. Inside the walls of Haven is a young girl named Lyra who is an experimental subject. With another subject named 72, they manage to escape the walls just in time to see it been hit by explosives. When Lyra and Gemma meet up outside the walls, they try to pierce together why Haven is the key factor in both of their lives. They will soon learn major secrets about them in a jaw-dropping finale that will leave the two girls discovering who they truly are! I started with Lyra's story first and I'm kinda glad I did because once I got to Gemma's story, everything started to make sense for me about where this story is going in the long run. I so don't want to give anything away about what happens with these two girls but this story is awesome in the sense that you really don't know anything until you have read both stories and then it will all make sense. I'm so excited now to see what is to come in the next book in this series and this book definitely needs to be made into a movie just to see everything play out on the big screen! Thank You to Lauren Oliver for turning me into a fan of yours with this one series!! I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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 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. **Huge thanks to Harper and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different and I so love this author!