on 8 November 2013
Reading the book description, it sounded like a thought-provoking story about replicating humans and what makes us human and moralities, but Replica did not delve deep into that.
The world-building took too much space in the story, to the point that i was skimming through the descriptions that went on and on often repeating things we already knew.
The story is of a 16 year old girl who is engaged to irresponsible heir of the "empire" that builds Replicas. He dies, so his Replica is activated and they both embark into a journey to discover who his killer was. I was hoping the Replica would find out that he is different than the original Nate, but, apart from very small references to this, there was no desire, from the author, to explore this thread. Instead, the focus was on the claustrophobic feeling that the female protagonist Nadia (Nate and Nadia, which sound alike, which made me confused as to who was speaking at times) got as she got threatened and pushed around and almost tortured by the Head of Security of the vile dystopian society they were living in.
There was an interesting ending, with Thea (wont give spoilers), labs, bio-mechanics etc, which reminded me very much of sci-fi movies, which was a twist from how I imagined the world to be initially, a cross between victorian society morality and caste-system and dystopian future.
Overall, it was an ok read but nothing like some amazing books like The Hunt or Breathe that i read recently..