Tuesday, June 7, 2011

REPLICA by Lexi Revellian: Review


REPLICA is a fast-paced thriller/romance you will find hard to put down.

Beth Chandler, bright, attractive but unassertive, is accidentally replicated in a flawed experiment at the government research institute where she works. A second Beth comes into being, complete with all her memories. To Sir Peter Ellis, MI5 chief, the replica is an embarrassment that must be hushed up and disposed of. Overhearing him, Beth Two goes on the run. With no official existence, homeless, penniless and pursued by Sir Peter’s agents, she has to find the inner strength and aggression to survive on icy London streets.

Meanwhile the original Beth, unaware of what has happened, becomes romantically involved with Nick Cavanagh, the spec op she believes is there to protect her. In fact, he’s hunting her double. Nick refuses to face his moral doubts about Beth Two - as far as he’s concerned, it’s not his problem. As events unfold, and the situation grows more complicated, he has to decide whose side he is on.

My Review:

This was the first time I’ve ever read a book like this, once again blogging has introduced me to a book that I really liked, but that I never would have read had I not started reviewing books for authors! REPLICA has a crazy sci-fi feel to it, but without the aliens and spacemen! It was difficult to grasp the idea of replicating a human, but interesting at the same time. When the trial human replication goes wrong, craziness ensues!

I like how the book was told in both 3rd person and 1st person. Beth One’s story is told in 3rd person, and Beth Two’s is told in 1st. This way the reader is able to keep track of which Beth they are reading about. Obviously the book is called REPLICA, because the main character Beth is replicated, hence the Beth One and Beth Two. I thought it was cool how the author put more of the focus on Beth Two, and her adventure on the streets of London in order to avoid the Secret Service members who were after her in order to take her to a lab and have tests run on her. Beth Two is able to get out of some sticky situations, and even though her and Beth One are the SAME person, with the same memories, as a reader we see Beth Two grow and change more as a character, because of the obstacles that are placed before her in the story. Beth One’s life goes on as usual, so there is no real change in her character. I know talking about two Beth’s is confusing, basically you just need to read the book to get it!

I liked Nick as the main guy in the story. I definitely had the image in my mind of some tall, dark, rugged looking guy, who has a sexy but dangerous look to him. He annoyed me a little bit in the book, because of the fact that he was one of the main Secret Service men hunting for Beth Two, but overall he won me over.
I really did like this book even though it’s written for someone younger than me. I think that YA literature lovers and people who love reading in general will enjoy this book. It’s a fun fast moving, adventure story, that does have some serious aspects to it, and it’s creative and original! The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that when someone you love dies, I feel like there should be more of a reaction then was shown in this book. I can’t say anymore than that, because it’s a HUGE spoiler. I was a little disappointed at the characters reactions, but other than that I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick, fun read, and I would definitely recommend it.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

1 comment:

  1. I've been on the wall about this one, but I think your review convinced me to check it out!