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TBR Monday: Replica

Hey everyone, welcome to another week and another TBR share. I don’t always have the time to read all the books I buy (and I but a lot), so TBR Monday gives me the chance to share a book I think is interesting. This week I’m sharing my thoughts on Replica by Lauren Oliver.


Synopsis (from Goodreads)


From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But 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. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.


Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose 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 human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learns terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.


Okay, I loved this book right away and wanted to buy it (and I did) because the cover is so crazy cool. So is the format of the book. Basically, it’s two different POV’s, two stories, in a book. You read it one way to read one character’s story, then flip it over and read it the other to read the second character’s story. That alone made this really cool. I know, pretty shallow reasons for wanting the book, haha, but no matter how much you say “don’t judge a book by its cover”: THE COVER MATTERS. It was only after when I looked up the synopsis that I actually decided to buy it because the story is great as well. I think it’s really cool when books get written in new/uncommon ways like this one. Anyways, I hope you guys check out this lovely book and let me know your thoughts on it if you’ve read it (or haven’t). Maybe you know some other books written in cool/weird ways? As always, leave your comments, I love to read them ❤


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