Replica by Lauren Oliver takes telling a story from two separate character perspectives to the next level by literally splitting the book between Lyra and Gemma, two girls connected by Haven, a shady research institute in Florida.
Gemma is curious about her father’s mysterious former job and when she reads about Haven online, decides to visit during her Spring Break, in order to try and understand her family.
Lyra only knows Haven and her life as part of green cohort, with the other replicants named after stars and numbers.
I promised Nicola at Hodder Books that I would read Lyra first and I stand by my decision, as it gives greater weight to Gemma (I read first 12 of Lyra, then first 12 of Gemma then alternated the final 8 of each), so I recommend copying me or reading alternate chapters. Must admit physically flipping the book over and marking with bookmarks is some good retro fun!
With a sequel due in October this year, it’s a great time to immerse yourself in this exciting new series. Definitely for fans of Orphan Black.
Interested? Get it here.
What to read next:
- Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
- Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
- Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Thank you to Hodder for sending me a review copy to enjoy!