Lyra is a replica, a clone manufactured along with hundreds others in Haven where they are secluded, treated with despise and sometimes fear. That’s until an explosion breaks out and she gets free. For Gemma her life has always been the same. Guarded as though she’s fragile, a pariah in school along with her best friend and that’s until she overhears her parents talking about Haven. After being almost kidnapped, the girl decides to let go of her shell and find what her parents hide from her. Replica is a story of two girls and their journey towards the truth of Haven and their lives.
I loved how this book was formed. It’s divided into two books; one is from Lyra’s point of view and the from Gemma’s but it’s the same story, yet the chance of seeing thibgs from their point of view helps to understand the characters. I also liked the fact that albeit being sci-fi, it didn’t include a lot of jargon or boring details that genre tends to have. Instead, it fused any information vital to the plot within the story.
Overall, Gemma’s story struck to me most. I did begin with Lyra’s because it appeared more interesting but by the end in my opinion Gemma had the biggest emotional growth. Lastly, the book overflowed with tension and plot twists. Whethre you finish the first part by itself and turn to the other girl’s book, there is still plenty to learn.
The biggest problem was the filtering. In every page and description as though done on purpose to alienate the readers. I can’t know if Lauren Oliver knows that but it’s a pity, for it killed much of the enjoyment. Moreover, I liked her writing, so that’s even worse. Didn’t an editor see the book?
The emotions weren’t vivid most of the time. The reader could see but not feel and that made the novel mundane at times of no tension. Another thing has to do with Lyra. This not a severe spoiler since it’s revealed within the first 15-20 pages of her story and it has to do with her sexuality. By her memories of one female doctor, the warmth she felt in her presence, I thought she was a lesbian only to be confused later on with regard to both her sexuality and how she viewed that doctor. That frustrated me a lot and didn’t allow her to be a cohesive character in my eyes.
A unique book that’s easy to read but not as enjoyable as it could be. I couldn’t understand Lyra and the profusion of filtering dried the story.