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By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Two clever but unsatisfying tales of clones and conspiracy.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Not bad, but not a great piece

The concept of the two mirrored stories and the fact that the book can be flipped is the most interesting part of this book. The storyline is creative but the characters are annoying at best and my daughter said she found herself annoyed at Gemma's 'pity me' attitude towards her body. Overall, a bit disappointing from such a great author but it's worth a read - just don't expect her usual standards of literature. The book contains a lot of swear words and a few implied sexual situations.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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In these two action-packed, sci-fi stories, Gemma and Lyra find their lives in danger when they work to uncover the truth behind a mysterious research facility. Replica is cleverly devised: The book has two stories, "Gemma" and "Lyra," that can be read separately or as alternating chapters. The format is intriguing but problematic. If readers want to alternate between chapters, they have to flip the book over and keep track of the corresponding spot after every chapter. (This might be easier to manage in ebook format.) The storylines have enough duplication that it makes for a long, sometimes tedious read, no matter whether you alternate chapters or read each one after the other. Also, even though the narrators and some details are different between "Gemma" and "Lyra," once you finish one, you know the general outcome of the other, so it takes away much of the suspense when reading the second story.

On the positive side, both books grab the reader's attention right away, and author Lauren Oliver keeps the action humming along. Of the two books, "Gemma" is more interesting and engaging. Gemma's a relatable and sympathetic character, and her quest to learn more about Haven and her past is exciting. Lyra's story is interesting in the first few chapters, but because she's a replica, her narrative voice is too simple and direct and therefore dull. Both stories end in cliffhangers and leave far too much hanging. They seemed half-finished, almost as though chapters were missing from the book. Replica would have been better as one unified story that answered more of the questions it raises.

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