Replica: Gemma/Lyra By Lauren Oliver (Review)


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. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

520 pages


This was really enjoyable. Fast paced, well written great characters, intriguing story BUT that ending!!!!!

So. Let’s go to the beginning.

Replica is told in an interesting format – 2 novels in one book which can be read in a variety of ways. I decided to go chapter by chapter just in case I would feel cheated by one of the stories if I read the whole thing at once.

So I began with Lyra and then flipped to Gemma – repeat…

It was really good fun. The two stories lined up perfectly – with the different characters meeting up and separating. Brilliant.

Lyra’s story was the more intriguing of the two, Gemma’s felt more developed. Both were excellently written.

The synopsis above tells you pretty much everything you need to know going into it, and you are pulled along at a riotous pace through both girls stories. Then the ending happened.

It wasn’t bad. It was actually pretty good BUT CLIFFHANGER – well sort of. I felt as though I want to know more – no, not want, NEED. It leaves off at a point that does make sense, but there are so many loose ends.

Is this the beginning of a series? If so it makes perfect sens and then 5 stars – if it’s a standalone the I’m crying for not being able to find out what happens next. I felt really invested in the characters, with the revelations of the origins of the two girls.

GIMME MORE!!!!!!!!!

Finished on April 15th 2017


You can buy the book here if you wish

Replica: Gemma/Lyra by Lauren Oliver 


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