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By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Two fast-paced, exciting clone thrillers in one book.

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In these exciting stories of cloning and conspiracy, two girls on the run from danger end up plunging headlong into it. Ringer picks up where Replica left off. The first book explored secrets and conspiracy around cloning humans for research. Ringer deals with the clones' futures and what Haven scientists and government agents might be up to next. A large portion of the book has the teens dealing with dangerous situations, but it's most interesting when it explores their inner lives. After barely escaping when they learned the truth about the Haven Institute, neither Gemma nor Lyra can figure out where they belong in the world. Both feel lost and alone, but for different reasons. Gemma once felt like a normal teen, but she's now struggling to feel like she fits in, given her knowledge of her background and the terrible things she experienced in the first book. Having been raised in a research facility, Lyra is out in the world for the first time and trying to figure out how to be a human.

Ringer is an improvement on Replica in that the stories don't overlap as much, which spares the reader much of the duplication that bogged down the first book. Also, Lyra is a much more compelling character this time around. She learns how to read people, how to be a regular teen girl, how to navigate the world, and how to love. It's still too long for a story that could be told in a lot less space, especially when plot lines involving Gemma's dad and his cronies get short shrift. Exploring more of the players in the conspiracy would have added a lot of interest to the story.

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