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Replica. Lyra ; Replica. Gemma
2016
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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.

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. Turn the book one way and read Lyra's story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma's story. The two distinct parts of this novel combine to produce an unforgettable experience for its two young heroines--and its reader.

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School Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-This unusual piece of fiction will be a winner among teens. Written as a "flip book," the volume has two novels in one. Readers will experience the story from two different characters' perspectives. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has always been sickly and alone most of her life. Her existence changes in a hurry when she is followed and questioned about what she knows about Haven, a secret research facility to which her father seems to have a connection. Eventually, she starts to investigate and travels to Florida, where she finds two replicas who are actually clones who have escaped from the facility. Turning the book over, readers get the story from the viewpoint of Lyra, who is one of the clones. Each point of view can be read in its entirety one at a time or in alternating chapters. Oliver has managed to create different tempos and moods in each tale, which allows readers to better understand the characters. Young adults will enjoy this unique reading experience. While the narrative is accessible to middle and high school readers, occasional strong language will make it a choice for older teens. VERDICT Reading this book in alternating chapters as an ebook could prove challenging, so libraries will want to have this hit available to teens in a print format.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Oliver revives a standard dystopian story of human clones and government conspiracies with a high-concept premise in this near-future sf novel, the first in a planned duology. Two girls' narratives are bound together in this flip book, which readers must literally turn over to get from one protagonist's story to the other. Lyra is #24 of thousands of experimental subjects at Haven, a clandestine research facility. Gemma is a self-conscious teen with controlling parents, a dismal social life, and a history of health problems. The two meet on the night protesters bomb Haven, and they begin working together to discover Haven's secrets and how their lives are inextricably entwined. Lyra's story has intensity and a distinctive voice, and her depiction of life in Haven is chilling; Gemma's is a more conventional teen mystery. How the two stories intersect is clever, as is how the structure mirrors the themes of identity formation and individuality, but both feel slight and lack a satisfying resolution. The unique format will draw in readers, though, and strong writing will keep them hooked. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Oliver's dystopian Delirium trilogy achieved best-seller status, and she's been gaining steam ever since. Teens will line up for this one.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2016 Booklist
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