Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Replica’ by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver Replica Book Cover

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a book that defies your typical novel format: the dual-sided Replica by Lauren Oliver!

While by no means completely original (see also Theodora Goss’ The Thorn and the Blossom), Replica is two books in one. You can either read the story about Lyra and Gemma from front to back in alternating chapters or read one story in its entirety before tackling the other.

According to Oliver, while each girl’s portion tells a separate story, together they create a third larger one.

Want to know more? You can purchase Replica starting October 4, 2016 or check out the official synopsis below the jump.

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. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.

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.

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7 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Replica’ by Lauren Oliver

    • I also highly recommend her book Before I Fall, which is about a girl who relieves the last day of her life over and over again. I stayed up all night to finish that one.

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