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If you liked 'Remix' you'll love this!,
This review is from: Replica (Kindle Edition)I'm always a little wary of having over-high expectations of a book on the grounds that I liked the author's other works because unless they involve the same characters in the same world, it doesn't always work that way; but having read and loved `Remix', I picked up `Replica' in the assumption that what I had before me would be as well-written, well-formatted and sharply edited as her first book. I was not disappointed.
`Replica' tells of Beth Chandler, who on finding that her planned evening with her feckless boyfriend has fallen apart, is persuaded to let herself be subjected to the trial-run of the replicating machine on which her boss, the Professor is working. Getting back out of the machine, she is told that it did not work and is only mildly dismayed at the loss of her evening; however, what she does not know is that in the receiving end of the replicating machine in the other lab lies Beth Two - a perfect, thinking, fully-functioning copy of herself.
Beth Two fairly quickly realises what has happened; but she also overhears the Professor arguing with his unscrupulous boss over the potential fate of the replica and whether she can really be said to be a person, and therefore possessed of basic human right. Being no fool, Beth Two flees; and Beth One, all unwitting, suddenly finds her life crumbling around her. Due to what she is told is a terrorist death-threat, she is moved to a safe-house, a new job, and watched around the clock by security men who are hoping that the replica Beth will come to the original for help.
This has the potential to be a very confusing book but due to the neat trick of telling Beth One's story in the third person and Beth Two's story in the first person, there is never any confusion as to who is saying what. Beth Two is thrown into a fugitive lifestyle while Beth One is protected and provided for, and the gradual difference made in their character by the circumstances is an interesting theme that emerges as the story develops. So too is the romance between Beth One and the hunky man from MI5 who she thinks has been set to protect her; he cannot tell her that his task is really to deal with the replica if she should appear, so while he is falling for the original Beth, all the time he must be prepared to "get rid of" Beth Two who is identical to Beth One in all respects; another intriguing ethical twist.
The development - or lack thereof - of the respective Beths is alternately exciting and full of suspense; the characters are engaging and believable; and all told, `Replica' is another sterling effort from Lexi, quite on a par with `Remix' and a lot of fun to read.
Should you buy it? Yep; no reservations. If you like this sort of story, you'll love this one!