Replica: Double Trouble!

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Well hello! Today you’re in for more than a little DOUBLE TROUBLE because today you’re about to get a bananarific double dose of monkey!

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That’s right! My sister, the Monkey Baby, is back!

Meow 🙂

(Yes she’s completely barking mad 😉 )

And we’re about to do a review for a book about CLONING (seeing doubles yet?!) And, yes, I know some of you might be musing isn’t this topic a bit been-there-done-that… Well, if that’s what you’re thinking, then YOU WOULD BE WRONG! Because it has never been done this way before…

Monkey Baby: Dum dum dummmmmmmmm… unleash the cat

Very catty opening from the Monkey Baby! Anyway, Replica is more than a little special, as it’s a book you can read THREE WAYS– you can read either Gemma’s story then Lyra’s or vice versa or flip the book between chapters (I picked the latter). And I know that might sound gimmicky to some readers, but, trust me, IT’S NOT. The execution is so bloody marvellous that it was far from just being a cheap trick and was actually brilliantly clever. The dual perspectives meshed together perfectly, interlocking and yet keeping their individuality.

Monkey Baby: It is exceptionally fun to read it this way. Makes me feel like I’m hanging from the tree…. 

As you do. Anyhoo, Gemma and Lyra gripped me as characters right from the start. The tone of each girl was completely distinct that I felt the stark contrast in their lives. They mirror each other like poorly carved doppelgangers. Still, their stories were so distinct that I never felt like there was a main character or viewpoint- which was certainly intentional, because every time I flipped the book I wished I was back with the other character (in a good way)

Monkey Baby: Zis is true ya but Lyra is my favourite banana

Flicking back and forth between the two stories, I was struck by little similarities- like their tendency to bestow nicknames- and canyon-like differences between them. It stopped me being surefooted of anything and set me up to plunge into shocking twists and turns. Not only did the plot go from zero to sixty in a millisecond, it also created an air mystery and doubt to the story- you can’t be certain who’s who…

Monkey Baby: I dropped all my bananas in shock… poor bananas

What really took this to the next level for me was the literary references and the play with WHO is Frankenstein. I also appreciated the little ways stories like The Little Prince were woven into the plot- it just gave it a little something extra.

Monkey Baby: I don’t want to be Frankenstein!! ARE we all Frankensteins?!?!?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I’M THE MONKEYBABY

I did have one minor spoilery niggling complaint- and that was I didn’t buy the nurse Don’t Even Think About It’s character- simply because she was far too contradictory a creation. She was religious, so didn’t believe the doctor’s should be playing god, yet worked in the facility that created clones and also seemed not to care they were killing clones (even though most religious people I know believe life is sacred). Yes, yes, I know, odd thing to pick up on- it just opened up a lot of unanswered questions as far as I was concerned and could have been dealt with better elsewhere.

Monkey Baby: Do monkey’s even have a religion? Do clones? Either way that fruitcake was not believable.. hear hear sista!

Annnd one last problem was that it was not the most polished of endings- so it took me a moment to realise it was left open for a sequel.

Monkey Baby: VAT are you talking about? It felt finished to Moi

Ooh err… Looks like I just got told. Still an excellent read:

4½/5 bananas

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5 bananas from me meow :p

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So have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me and the Monkey Baby know in the comments!

42 thoughts on “Replica: Double Trouble!

  1. Okay, I have seen a lot of original things, but this one really wins by far. That is truly fun to say the least. Definitely adding this one to my to read list. What an awesome concept. So yes I am going to read this: just letting you and Monkey Baby know 😂😂 Great post, thanks for sharing this one 😀😀

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  2. Great review for this book (I enjoyed hearing Monkey Baby’s thoughts on this one as well! :D)
    I really enjoyed Replica, and still have the second book on my to-read list so hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it one day soon. I read this book starting with Lyra’s story and then moving onto Gemma’s but I think for the second book I’ll switch between the POVs because I want to know whether that adds something you know?
    Again great review, I’m really glad you enjoyed this book. Do you plan on picking up the sequel soon? 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! hehe awesome, she’s glad to hear it 😉
      Brilliant!! 😀 Yes I did really think that switching the POVs worked very well- even though sometimes I was so gripped it was hard to make myself flip 😉 Thank you! I’ve actually just finished it and it was really good 😀 I really hope you enjoy it!

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      1. That’s all right. 🙂
        I feel like I’d be so gripped that I’d forget to flip POVs, I’d read two or more chapters before realising I haven’t gone on to or back to the other character.
        Oh, that’s good to hear, I definitely need to get to it soon now, and thanks. 🙂

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  3. Not being a religious person myself, I’m completely ok with clone harvesting. In fact, I think it should be part of our national healthcare system! A clone for every citizen!!!! Heck, have two, they’re so cheap nowadays 😀

    In reality, I really enjoy talking about cloning because it forces people to talk about the soul. What it is, etc, etc. From those conversation spring a lot of others…

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  4. This review is bananas! Definitely excited to read the books (Replica and Ringer) in this series now – I had pre-ordered them but have yet to start. I’ve got so many unfinished series that I’m bargaining with myself to complete some before starting something new… but it’s all too tempting to start Replica now. I can see it on the shelf staring at me. Oh the agony… It’s going to be a test of how strong my will is over the next month or so. But it sounds like Replica will be a great reward for such restraint. Thanks for sharing your review. 😀

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  5. This is yet another book I own but haven’t gotten around to reading. I didn’t realize you could alternate between the two stories. I thought it was read one then the other but that actually sounds like a better idea. Do they follow the same time line?

    I am happy to hear you enjoyed this so much. I should really bump it up my TBR a bit

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    1. Ooh well then I really hope you enjoy it. That was definitely the best way to do it. And they start off separately but with some parallels and then converge. It’s really cool 🙂

      Thank you- I hope you enjoy it when you get to it 🙂

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  6. I just love these duo reviews so much! You and baby monkey are so adorable! The way you described this book kind of reminds me of the Goosebumps books back in the day where you can choose your own path but with multiple POVs which makes it quite interesting. Thanks for sharing both of your thoughts!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Ah yes I loved those books!! That was so fun! I think every time I picked a path I died though, so I had to quickly change my answers every time so I wasn’t dead on page 2. This wasn’t quite like that (now all I want to do is read one of those lol 😉 ) but it was still awesome. Thanks for reading!

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  7. Hahahaah thiis Monkey Baby really got into her character here! 😛 I absolutely adore these duo-commentary reviews with her. Couldn’t help myself from reading her parts with a French accent too… LOL

    I’ve heard great things about this book, and it’s nice to hear how much you enjoyed it. The way you read it is definitely not one that people would go for because of how much of a hassle it is, but I’m glad you did cause it just proved how brilliant the author was in writing this up! Fantastic review, loved it!! 😀

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    1. hehe would it be bad if I said she’s really like that in real life?… cos she’s really like that in real life lol 😂 hahahaha funnily enough, I had to stop her going all “bonjour je m’appelle le singe bebe” again lol! (probably got that wrong- so sorry for the butchery! 😉 )

      It was really good 🙂 I was pleasantly surprised with it to be honest, because I wasn’t sure if it’d just be a gimmick- but Oliver did such a fantastic job with this! Thank you so much!! 😀

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  8. Haha this was such a fun review to read! And I have to say, I am really happy that you enjoyed this book so much – it’s one of my favorites! I loved how the POV were different and unique and how the stories intertwined together without being too repetitive. Great review! 😀

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  9. The Banana Sisters strike again!
    This was wildly entertaining a review and I enjoyed it very much- thank you 🙂
    I think why initially decided to not read the book was the whole structure of it- flipping in between chapters, etc… sounded like too much work at the time… but that nurse bit has got me interested 😀

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    1. Yeah I’ve heard Lauren Oliver is hit and miss with people (full disclosure: I’ve always liked her work) But this one is worth giving a chance just for the way it’s done- and I was so impressed with the execution of the idea 😀 hehe thank you!! 😀

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