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Replica

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'"Whose body is that on the table?' I ask. She stares at me, as though the answer is obvious. 'It's yours,' she says. Before I have time to scream, she types a command on the keyboard. My consciousness whirls away like storm water down a drain." Chloe wakes up to find all her memories have been wiped. And the only person who knows what happened is a teenage girl who looks and sounds exactly like her. Who is she? And what does she want? Chloe is running out of time to discover the truth. But she's in even more danger than she realizes, and nothing is as it seems ...show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 199 x 17mm | 168g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019273766X
  • 9780192737663
  • 166,542

Review quote

'It is refreshing to have such a high impact thriller narrated from a female perspective.' * Annalise Taylor, Carousel * 'This has to be one of the most impressively written books I have read in a long time. The story was very original and the way it was written was utter genius!' * Samantha Tulloch, Teen Titles * 'As a spine-chilling horror story this is highly successful' * Elizabeth Finlayson, The School Librarian * '... this is a good book for the school library - it will appeal to girls and boys' * Charlotte Macfarlane, Teen Titles * 'Action-packed and keeping you on the edge of your seat, Replica is an absolute page-turner, one of the most addictive sci-fi thillers I've read in a long time.' * Once Upon a Bookcase blog * 'A breathless read that builds up to a climax as thrilling as anything the latest Hollywood blockbuster has to offer... one smart slice of fiction that is action-packed, thought-provoking and fully deserving of the positive attention it has received' * John Millen, SCMP / Young Post, Hong Kong * 'This book was so fast-paced it almost made me breathless' * Library4delinquents * 'Replica is one of the most gripping books I have ever read. It is a deep and addictive page turner bound to leave its fans wanting more.' * By kids for kids review, The Guardian * 'The author excels at the sci-fi thriller format, writing with an immediacy, an urgency, and a frenetic pacing that is non-stop.' * Goodreads.com * 'Intense, thought-provoking YA sci-fi about identity, ethics and android doppelgangers... well worth waiting for. Great balance of contemplative philosophy/belting action.' * Imogen Russell Williams, critic at The Guardian * 'The opening chapters are honestly some of the best of any book that I've read and it doesn't really relent right up until the end.' * Goodreads.com *show more

Rating details

198 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 25% (50)
4 40% (80)
3 22% (43)
2 11% (22)
1 2% (3)

Our customer reviews

Replica builds on ideas explored in Ink, Inc., one of my all-time favorite single-issue sci-fi books. The story is told from the first-person perspective of a newly awakened and freshly printed person! She is a copy of her maker, but unlike her maker has no human rights legislation to protect her. As it turns out, thatâ??s the least of her problems, as sheâ??s being tracked by nefarious parties for reasons she doesnâ??t understand. She must not only dodge vastly superior forces out to get her but must do so as a stranger in a strange land and as someone who has yet to discover the intricate workings of her own mind. Whatâ??s more, itâ??s vitally important at all times to her survival that her true identity not be known, meaning she must past one Turing test after another on the fly as police, the real Chloe, her own â??parents,â?? and best friends, all put poignant questions to her that could easily trip her up and betray her imposter status. The author excels at the sci-fi thriller format, writing with an immediacy, an urgency, and a frenetic pacing that is non-stop. Anyone contemplating what it might be like to be scanned or uploaded into robot bodies in the days ahead, as Ray Kurzweil and others predict will be an option in the not too distant future, or is fascinated by the â??print everythingâ?? economy many futurists also say is lurking around the corner, will enjoy this book nearly as much as its predecessor. Young adults and teens will find much to enjoy here also, as the story follows a high-school aged girl (the replica is built to pass for.) The high school high jinks and teen psychology was as realistic as the forecasting of things to come. This is great futurism done in a highly enjoyable format; why be simply intrigued by insights into tomorrow-land when you can also be entertained by them? Some ways in which this novel contrasts with Ink, Inc. is in the pervasive use of black humor. Itâ??s by no means a comic thriller, but Chloeâ??s replica has some die-for snarky reactions to whatâ??s going on around her that had me reeling on multiple occasions. I also found myself fascinated by the humanizing process the replica underdoes and the authorâ??s ability to keep such a difficult transformation highly believable at all times. As to my nitpicks, the story starts as a promising psychological thriller slash sci-fi horror but wanders quickly into what feels more like a mystery thriller with more of a who-done-it format as the replica continues to investigate just what kind of intrigue she finds herself embroiled in, who is after her, and why. I personally think the authorâ??s writing style fits the action-thriller format better than the mystery thriller, but you canâ??t blame a writer for wanting to stretch himself, and a reader for wanting something that isnâ??t entirely predictable from one story to the next. This is arguably not a flaw in the writing, just something to be mindful of depending on the readerâ??s preferences. Moreover, as the action thriller aspect of the story periodically dials back up as the mystery thriller aspect takes more of a backseat.show more
by Dean C. Moore
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