BOOK REVIEW – Replica by Jack Heath

Imagine waking up on a normal day…any day of the week, totally at random only to find out that all of your memories have been erased? That alone is scary enough, but then to find out on top of that, that your one hope in the world is another person who is the exact replica of you. The same as you in both appearance and sound, this other person practically is you, they’ve got all the traits that you used to have and so much more.

Who is this other person and why is this happening to you? For Chloe that is the mystery that she must solve before its too late. Nothing is quite as is should be, or at least she thinks it isn’t, if you can’t remember anything…how would you know? Simply put, Chloe isn’t ordinary.

The opening chapters are honestly some of the best of any book that I’ve read and it doesn’t really relent right up until the end. Chloe (which ever one, trying to the review as spoiler free as I can) is an admirable character, she is a ‘machine’ with strength and determination that you will not believe. The only thing that let this down for me was a bit of a lacklustre ending, however I’ll let this off as I’m almost certain that this was done to allow for a sequel, that would tie-up some of those loose ends.

With incredibly striking cover art, Replica is exactly the type of book you’ll highly recommend to friends and then you’ll soon realise that you’ve started a trend! The style and pace of the book means that you’ll probably read it in a few sittings or even one long night if you’ve got the stamina, which I don’t! This is a smart YA novel that is action-packed and thought provoking, that raises some really interesting debate.

Pre-order from Waterstones.com
Out 07/08/2014 from OUP Childrens
ISBN: 9780192737663

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