Jul 242013
 
Review: ReplicaReplica (Replica #1) by Jenna Black
Published by Tor Teen on Jul 16, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Format: Paperback from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.

Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.

Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, Nadia was the last person to see him alive.

When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a fast moving story that sucks you in. It’s centered more on Nadia than Nate, but they both play prominent roles, with the view point switching between the two.

I found that the story was as much about the characters growing and evolving as it was about solving the mystery of who killed Nate. Nate’s death didn’t seem like a huge deal, probably because he was replaced immediately, and there really wasn’t a difference between the original and the replica.

Both Nate and Nadia do a lot of growing up in the book. It was admiral to watch them figure each learn about themselves, and figure out how to become the people they want to be. It added a depth to the story that the plotline was missing.

I was intrigued by the dystopian world. Government has been replaced by corporations, and the world is run like a bunch of huge companies. It was scary realistic. The history and background of how things came to be wasn’t really explained, yet it didn’t really need to be. It’s also too easy to imagine how it could happen.

Overall, this was an exciting read. The main storyline is wrapped up nicely, but the last scene sets up the next book in a way that makes it hard to wait to read it.

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