Thursday, December 5, 2019

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver was published in 2016, and I found this book in a local Little Free Library. This science fiction novel is two points of view in one book. One side is Lyra's story, a replica who lives at the Haven, a research facility that creates replicas or clones. Her life is limited and clones have no rights, limited education, and are considered an abomination. 

When you flip the book over, you get Gemma's story. She is rich girl who is teased at her high school for being a "Frankenstein". She's had a lot of health problems and surgeries. Because of her heart issues, she is unable to do much exercise and so she struggles with her weight. I like that a main character doesn't feel like she is popular or beautiful and is self-conscious of her body. 

They tell the same story, but no two people can ever be the same or see things the same. Their stories collide in this fast-paced novel that has constant danger for all the characters. This is the first book of a duo and both books are published. I need to buy the second book. 

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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