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, aka number 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 Institute. 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.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - There has to be another one, right? I have some unanswered questions and this book was just amazing that I need more.
I am a big fan of Lauren Oliver and when I got sent this my expactions where set pretty high and of course, I was scared that they weren't going to be met but, this book was everything and so much more. It is so interesting the way it is set out. You can read Lyra's story first or Gemmas or do what I did, read a chapter from each. It felt better that way for me as you where getting both of these girls POV at certain moments and you can read what they're thinking. Of course you're going to get moments where the same part of the story is in each girls POV but it works so well together that I want to re-read it.
Gemma is a teenage girl who has been in and out of hospital for as long as she can remember. She get's bullied at school and all she wants to do is escape, her parents are very over-protective and she really doesn't get along with her father, who seems to never be home. But, one day someone stops Gemma to ask her what she knows about Haven, something she hasn't heard of before until, she hears her parents arguing and they bring it up. What is Haven? She is banned from going on spring break with her friend April, since the place she was going to is close to Haven but, decides to sneak out. She needs to know what Haven is and what it has to do with her and her family but, she isn't expecting what she finds.
Lyra is known as number 24. In Haven all of the replicas are given numbers and are usually referred to as it. Lyra has been there for as long as she can remember, she was given a name, secretly, by a doctor who doesn't work there anymore and she keeps it a secret that she can read. Then one day something happens and Lyra escapes, along with a boy-72-and they are able to get away from Haven. What has happened to them in this place? Why are people looking for them? And what happens when Lyra runs into Gemma? Their paths cross but they don't realize that their stories have been intertwined since the beginning. Both of them are getting followed by men and their lives are on the line. Can they figure out what Haven was up to and save themselves?
This book was fast-paced, gripping and one of those that you just want more from. It was so interesting and very different from other books I have read before and I have to say, it is one of the best Lauren Oliver books I have ever read. It's so detailed and you really feel for each of the girls as they go on this crazy adventure, trying to find out the truth and it was just brilliant.
Lauren really has a way with story-telling and I cannot wait for her to bring out some more books as she is just a fantastic author.
Replica is one of my favourite books of 2016. I am going to recommend this book to everyone so they can feel the way I'm feeling. There is a lot of drama and action and other themes that really bring this book to life.