REPLICA by Jenna Black (Book Review)


Title: Replica
Author: Jenna Black
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.

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REVIEW

Set in a dystopian New York where everyone can be immortal, this is a novel of epic proportions that you’ll certainly love.

Replica is the story about the mystery of hotshot young playboy Nathaniel Hayes’ murder and how the woman he’s supposed to marry, Nadia Lake finds out the truth about what happened.
This book is a combination of many things: Dystopia, mystery, some romance here and there and all the good elements that make up one great YA read. It reminded me of Meg Cabot’s “Airhead” in a way because they both deal with crazy advancements in the world of science and technology. In a way, it also had elements of Gossip Girl since it’s set in New York–although it’s a modern day New York but the whole scandalous part is there. 

Story-wise, I think that the plot was orchestrated well and even just in the first chapter, you’d already find yourself face to face with a shocker–one you probably wouldn’t have expected. As the story goes on, you’d feel more and more inclined and would have a hard time putting it down. And by the end, you couldn’t help but wish that there’d be a book 2 (And confirmed, there is! It’s coming in early 2014 :)) because there’s just so much that you’d want to know. But, the good thing is, it could stand on its own, too.
Replica is something that’s definitely worth reading. Two thumbs up for this one.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she’s an “experience junkie.” She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life’s work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She writes paranormal romance for Tor and urban fantasy for Bantam Dell.
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