Ringer Did Not Quite Replicate Replica…

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But it was still pretty original! I’m back today with a review for the second book in the Replica duology- a story about clones… (ooh err… scary stuff!) And as with the review for Replica, I’m joined by my sister the Monkey Baby! (and if you don’t know already, she’s even more bananas than I am)

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Monkey Baby: Arrivederci my sweeties.

See what I mean? Bit of a “you say goodbye, I say hello” moment if you ask me, moving onto the review… It took me a bit longer to get into this one, because it started in the middle of the action and then tracked back. It made the chronology a tad confusing and meant it took quite a bit of time to settle into it. But once it got going it was amazing again. It was so so action packed- even more than the first one.

Monkey Baby: I’m on a tightrope with this point. This monkey found it crazy disorientating.

There were a ridiculous number of twists and turns. I did feel like a fair number of the reveals and twists weren’t as good as the first book, simply because they’d already come up before, or were hinted at heavily, yet were treated like they were a big surprise. Also, although the number of twists did make it feel more action packed than Replica, the downside was that it also felt rather disjointed because of all the stuff that was going on.

Monkey Baby: It was bananas on a rollercoaster taking off in a rocket!!!

Nicely summarised! This was made especially jarring because there were two narratives going on independently. Whereas in the first book there was more of an overlap, here it felt like it easily could have been two books, as they didn’t join up nicely until the end.

Monkey Baby: One book? What monkey told you that? It was two you silly banana, obviously 😉

That said, allowing the narratives to be more individual did have the benefit of allowing the characters to grow into their own story arcs. Because of that, I loved the characters even more. Lyra was fantastic as ever and Gemma grew on me so much.

Monkey Baby: Lyra’s my baby and Gemma is the pretty kitty.

*Chokes on tea*- what she said. There were still layers to the story, as you’d expect from a story with dual perspectives 😉 I appreciated the modern day Frankenstein feel, although it was less pronounced in Ringer. There’s some really beautiful writing on top of that. Basically it’s a very clever series.

Monkey Baby: Layers and layers. Mmm I’m going to eat that cake forever. It was very delicious. Well maybe not forever. Forever is too long for a baby…

Forever is an awfully long time… And speaking of forever, this book was kind of ambiguous with its conclusion. As with the last book, I kind of think this is the end, but is it?


Okay, so Monkey Baby’s pretty passionate about this staying as a duology, so that settles it.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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

47 thoughts on “Ringer Did Not Quite Replicate Replica…

  1. I’ve never even heard of this book let alone knowing it was a duology. I did however enjoy your review as always with Monkey Baby. Can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

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  2. I’m with you, cloning is a spooky scary subject to consider.

    As for the book, haven’t read it but as with all books you review, you pique my curiosity sufficiently that I might have to put it in the TBR file. Cheeky monkey! And to the idea of science fiction meeting up with Mary Shelley? Hmmm and yes!

    Of course there’s going to be another installment. Who ever leaves well enough alone these days? lol. . .

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  3. Great review from yourself and from Baby Monkey as well. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I do have to admit the fact that it starts in the middle of the action and then backtracks sounds a little confusing, especially considering it jumps from perspective between Lyra and Gemma, but I’m glad you got into it eventually. This sounds like a great read overall so I can’t get around to it myself! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!! 😀 Yeah it was a little confusing, especially cos it started in a different way from the first one (that one didn’t begin with a flashforward, so I wasn’t expecting it here) However, it was still really good. Definitely recommend this duology! 😀 ❤

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  4. Hmm…honestly I think one of my walking around on Earth is quite enough, if a clone of me would be made….ugggh 😂😂
    Loved the review for this one! Don’t know if I’m going to be adding this one as my to read list has completely exploded already the past few weeks, but I have to admit the premise sounds kind of interesting.

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  5. Mwhaahahaha, an ARMY of BOOKSTOOGES shall walk the earth!!!!! Dang, I’d read that book 🙂

    I liked your point about the twists and turns being so heavily foreshadowed that they lost their punch. Sometimes I wonder if authors write for the dumbest possible reader? Or if they just think their readers in general are dumb? Or are they just not as good writers as those who can really ratchet up the “tense” factor effortlessly?

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    1. 😂😂😂 OMG- *I’d* read that book!!!

      Yeah- I don’t know why some of them were even treated like a twist- because they knew the information already (or could have inferred it). I was just confused why the characters were acting surprised. hehehe I definitely think that sometimes- all of the above 😉

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  6. Sounds like an interesting book! The author pulled off a great feat of putting two totally disjointed feeling stories together in the end… so intriguing!

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  7. Ahah this is such a fun review to read, I love it. I’m glad to hear you overall enjoyed the story, I really liked the dual perspectives and how both characters grew in this story. I can’t wait to read more by Lauren Oliver 🙂 ❤

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  8. Hahaha I love the exchange between you and Monkey Baby! Such a sweet dynamic 🙂
    I haven’t read Replica or Ringer but I really enjoyed Oliver’s Before I Fall so I’m hoping I get a similar experience with this series. It sure sounds great, from the looks of your review! The characters look likable, the plot intricate and full of interesting twists, the writing (and I know this from experience as well) pretty darn good, so I guess there’s a lot to love here.
    Amazing review and I’m hoping you bring Monkey Baby into your posts more often! She sounds like an absolute sweetheart ❤ (no matter how bananas 😛 )

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  9. This dual storyline usually happens to me when I read time travel stories.. well, when I used to try and read them, I quit them because they never felt like one single book to me, so I can understand this somewhat for sure! 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed the characters and the writing- very important! 🙂 Great review Team Monkey! 🙂

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    1. Ah I can understand- this literally has dual perspectives- and is sort of divided into two books, so you can’t really blame it for being exactly what you’d expect- but the first book blended the two stories together better, if that makes sense. Thank you!! 😀

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