Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Book Review: Replica

Title - Replica
Author - Jenna Black
Series - Replica Trilogy 
Genre - YA Sci Fi Dystopian
Published - July 16th 2013
Publisher - Tor Teen
Format - Paperback

Breathtaking new YA SF from the author of the Faeriewalker series 

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.
Nadia’s life should be perfect destined to marry the Nate the heir of Paxco formerly New York.  However her relationship with Nate isn’t a romantic one but they are best friends, and one day will marry even though it’s not romantic. After a party that they both attended Nate ends up dead without anyone but his lover to blame forced to flee because his father’s men are hunting him. Nate’s father has created the replication technology so even though his son is dead doesn’t stop his father from being him back to life as a Replica. Only thing is Nate doesn’t remember how he died so he can’t prove who killed him and that it wasn’t his Lover.

Nate is determined to prove that it wasn’t his lover that killed him but his father and head of security of less than sure. After all his lover was seen fleeing the building with blood on them. They think Nadia may be the key to getting the info on Nate as he searches the basement for him. After forced into spying on Nate which she doesn’t want to do Nadia tries to avoid any conversation about what happened. However Nate doesn’t know that she’s been forced to spy on him and when his attempt to visit the basement to find Bishop goes terribly wrong. Nadia learns that she may have to risk it all to help Nate.

I like Nadia she’s smart willing to do what it takes for the family even if it means marring a man who will never love her other than as a friend. Nadia comes off as the executive society girl but when it comes down to it she’s in the basement smart and cunning when it comes to it. I wasn’t sure about Nate but as the book progresses he proves he has what it takes to be the good guy. We also had Dante who kind of grew on me as his story unfolded, and I hope to see more of him in the future.

I was craving a good sci fi so Replica was a perfect choice it’s the dystopian future that I love mixed with just enough sci fi elements to create a captivating story. While the story does have Sci fi elements they don’t overwhelm it very much it’s more of an added bonus to the bigger picture. The idea behind the Replica’s really is very inventive that those with enough seniority back up their memories each month so that if they are murdered or die of unnatural causes they are recreated. I found the whole story well written it just flows from start to finish loaded with mystery and action it’s a perfect blend. The characters are easy to connect, and I really enjoyed their stories unfolding. I actually have the next one sitting on my bookshelf and know that I need to pick up the final book because I can’t wait to see how it will all unfold. This is my first book by the author but I’m a quick fan. Her writing style is beautiful it’s easy to get lose in the story and I can’t wait to check out her other books. 

1 comment:

  1. I'll be curious to see what you think of the next book. I enjoyed this one, but never got around to the others. Wondering if they live up ...

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction