Author: Jenna Black
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Edition: Publisher for Review
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cover Review: I really love this cover. I absolutely adore dystopian covers with cities. Plus, it's blue!
Series: Replica Trilogy #1
Main Characters: Nadia Lake and Nate Hayes
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.
**Special Thanks to Tor Teen for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Replica by Jenna Black was a book that I just couldn't wait to be released. Because of this, I delved completely into this book. It was definitely a nice, fresh new idea, so I definitely give Jenna Black a round of applause. Replica is about a girl named Nadia Lake, who happens to be upper class since she was born into an Executive family. She was born in the Corporate States, where Paxco happens to be right where New York used to be. Nadia's parents decided with Nate's parents that they would get married when both of them were over the age of 18.
Nate is the Chairmen Heir, which means that he will control Paxco one day. He and Nadia have been friends since they were younger, so they get along really well. They also know a lot about each other, which was really sweet. The only thing is that Nate doesn't love Nadia, because he's in love with a guy named Kurt Bishop. He keeps this on the down-low, and only he and Nadia know about it, along with Kurt. Nate met Kurt in the Basement, which is basically where all the really low class people live. Nate ended up hiring Kurt so that they could see each other more often, though nobody suspected a thing.
One night, Nate sneaks out with Nadia so that he can see Kurt secretly. He doesn't tell Nadia that he's planning on seeing Kurt, so of course she storms off angrily since she was told to be on lookout in case anyone comes. The next day, Nadia hears alarming news that Nate was stabbed to death and left in a closet. Of course, everything is blamed on Kurt, since he was originally from the slums.
Since Nadia lives in the future, Nate is actually replicated, meaning it's almost as if he didn't die. This replica has all of his memories up until Nate's last backup, so of course he doesn't know who killed him. Throughout the novel, Nate goes on a search to try to find Kurt and his killer while Nadia is blackmailed into helping the wrong side.
Nadia was a perfect character and I absolutely loved her. I really liked how she was upper-class as well, because in most dystopians the main character is pretty much a nobody until a rebellion strikes. That's one of the things that makes this book quite original. She was always there for Nate, even when he didn't really need her.
Nate is definitely one of my new favorite characters. I think it was cool how he had a public image that wasn't even who he really was. It was interesting to really get to know him. Nadia and Nate had such a sweet friendship, which I adored.
Kurt really bothered me in the middle of the book, though I grew to like him. Trust me, he's on my good side now. Dante is another one of my new favorite characters. I love how he was super mysterious and even Nadia didn't know everything about him, though at times she thought she did. You've gotta love the mysterious ones. Dirk Mosely was so annoying, though I know the reader was meant to dislike him from the start. He is the investigator that's trying to find Nate's killer along with Nate's father.
Replica will definitely make my favorites shelf. I loved the whole idea of Replicas that Jenna Black came up with. I also loved the idea of a futuristic New York. The characters were amazing and just the entire story drew me in immediately, from the start. I also loved the whole mystery aspect. I haven't read a science fiction mystery, so that was really phenomenal as well. Trust me, you won't know who really killed Nate until the very end. I figured it out right before the beans were spilled. I could definitely see this book being made into a movie or a television series; it would be fantastic! I can't wait for the sequel. Next time you go to the bookstore or library, definitely consider reading this book, because you definitely won't regret it.
Recommended for fans of:
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Science Fiction Mysteries
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