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Beth Chandler works in a government research institute, and is accidentally replicated in a flawed experiment. The replica has no official existence, and when she overhears plans to liquidate her, goes on the run. Homeless, penniless and pursued by MI5, she has to learn how to survive on icy London streets. Meanwhile, the original Beth, unaware of what has happened, ...more
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published (first published April 7th 2011)
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Lexie
DNF'ed at about 45% (though I read the epilogue...for reasons)

On the one hand - dopples! Clones! Replicants! With my current obsession over Orphan Black I figured why not? I picked this up for cheap a longish time ago (January), but my reading habits being as they are haven't gotten around to it.

In retrospect I shouldn't binge-watch Orphan Black and then read books about clones.

The science I can handwave away - I'm a fan of Star Trek, trust me we know how to do this - the constant lying from the
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Sarah
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Beth is accidentally cloned and her clone is chased by MI5. This book was pretty engaging. Honestly, I kind of liked it. At the same time, it was completely bizarre and I kind of hated it. So Beth is this secretary, who by the way may be one of the top 5 blandest characters in the history of books, who is asked by her mad-scientist boss to step into this duplicator to make a copy of herself, that she is TOTALLY FINE WITH although she's seen test animal subjects and knows that an EXACT COPY ...more
Stephen Gallup
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel gets an A+ for convincing characters and dialog and--especially appreciated--for a wonderfully unique story idea.

Beth is a secretary who knows she needs to work on self assertiveness. Her boyfriend walks all over her and her boss, a scientist, sees nothing wrong with calling on her without warning to stay late and help with a project after working hours.

That project results in creation of a duplicate Beth--one who is not only a perfect clone of the first but who also shares her
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Michele Brenton
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Replica by Lexi Revellian. Another cracking good read from a blisteringly good author. Beth gets cloned and then has to survive when the secret services decide she is evidence of something they want to keep quiet. This book is a blockbuster film waiting to happen in my opinion. In the meantime lucky readers get to have the film all to themselves in their heads :)


Update now I've finished: I've realised the author I was being reminded of as I read this. Mary Stewart. When I was younger I worked my
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Rebecca Heap
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the best value for money book on kindle I have read so far! Perhaps, because I am a twin, the story holds a certain resonance for me and this is also perhaps why (without spoiling anything) the ending, though a satisfactory conclusion, is more bittersweet for me than it may be for others. The author cleverly avoids trying to give any fancy scientific explanation for how the replication is brought about and it just becomes a fact you accept because you get so wrapped up in the ...more
Diane
i would have given this book 4 stars except for the last 2 pages which were WTF for me. this book was so plausible and riveting up to this point. this book shows that the future can be exciting but it can be dangerous as well, as is the science in this future. it is frightening how a privileged few can get away with murder,, quite literally, all because they think what they are doing is for the greater good. highly recommend this book, but i WISH the end was different--i just didn't find it ...more
Iona
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Kindle book and I really enjoyed it. It had the right amount of suspense and tension. Made me want to pick it up and keep reading. A good sci fi story which actually could be believable. The only thing that I didn't like was the ending. It was going so well right up to nearly the end then the author just put in a really cheesy ending. My only complaint though ...more
J.A. Clement
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, indie-authors
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
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Pauline Ross
I very much enjoyed a previous book ('Remix') by this author, so this seemed like a good bet and I wasn't disappointed. The only difficult part is the initial premise: that a scientist has developed a method of cloning which produces a robotic-like copy under the control of the original, intended for military use, and decides his first human test subject will be his secretary Beth, whereupon things go slightly wrong - the copy is fully autonomous. Yeah, right. But the author addresses our ...more
TC
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
After reading and loving Lexi's first book Remix as soon as her second book was released it went straight onto my Kindle.

Beth Chandler works in a Government research institute, and is too passive, letting people like boyfriend Rob and boss The Prof talk her into saying yes when she really wants to say no. This is how she finds herself accidentally duplicated by The Prof in an experiment designed to create clones for military use. However instead of Beth being in control of her clone Beth 2 is
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Kimberly
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was the first time I’ve ever read a book like this, yet again blogging has shown me a book that I really liked that I never would have read had I not started reviewing books for authors! REPLICA has a crazy sci-fi feel to it, but without the aliens and spacemen! It was difficult to grasp the idea of replicating a human, and when the replication goes wrong, craziness ensues!
I like how the book was told in both 3rd person and 1st person. Beth One’s story is told in 3rd person, and Beth Two’s
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Grace Krispy
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I find the premise of this book absolutely fascinating. With the advances in cloning, it's quite possible that this very experiment has already been conducted somewhere, and that makes this plot all the more compelling. I found myself contemplating what a replica would truly be like, in terms of character and actions. Lexi Revellian does a lovely job of differentiating the personalities of the two Beths, while maintaining enough similarities to keep the premise of the story realistic.

The story
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Kell
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Two years ago, I read and reviewed an earlier novel by Lexi Revellian called Remix. I loved it, so when I was offered the chance to review a second novel, Replica, I jumped at it.

I wasn’t disappointed!

Plunging straight into the action seems to be something of a Revellian trait, as Replica doesn’t hang around. By page 8, major events have already occurred and we’re having to deal with the aftermath of some pretty earth-shattering revelations very soon afterwards. Suspension of disbelief can be a
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Debbie Bennett
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The quiet, unassuming Beth is a secretary in a government research lab, and while working late one night she accidently gets involved in a scientific experiment with unexpected results. Now there are two Beths – each with a full set of memories and each wanting her life back. Of course the government can’t afford for its secret to be out and so one of the Beths has to go – but which one?

The author does a wonderful job of giving each Beth her own “personality”, despite them being the same people.
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Becky
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beth Chandler, bright, attractive but unassertive, works at the government research institute where they are trying to make replicas of humans, that they can send as soldiers off to war and save lives by not losing the originals. In an experiment, a second identical Beth comes into being, complete with all her memories. To Sir Peter Ellis, MI5 chief, does not want the two Beths to meet, afraid that this will lead to public knowledge. So he wants to use the replica for experiments than dispose of ...more
Denna
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to say I really enjoyed this story. It kept me guessing about what was going to happen next the whole way through and the ending even managed to catch me by surprise. It’s not often I get hit off guard like that so kudos to the author. Beth two and Nick made really great characters. Beth one not so much, but then I felt the real story revolved around the replica anyway, so this didn’t matter. I felt the beginning of the novel read a tiny bit rough in parts, but this smoothed out quickly ...more
Brooks Jones
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
This book is a real treat. Genre-busting, since it doesn't fit neatly into either science fiction, action/adventure nor romance, although it's all of those. The premise of the story is enticing--an unassuming young woman becomes cloned in an science experiment gone wrong. The clone comes into being with all the memories of the original, in fact she thinks she is the original until she hears the head of the research center talking about the tests they'll run on her and she knows she needs to ...more
Y.I. Lee
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
On the whole this was a good concept. Although the idea of a soulless clone is rather freaky! Because of that, I felt very little sympathy for Beth two, who is the clone of Beth one.
The original Beth has no idea her doppelganger is running around London, trying to keep one step ahead of MI5.
She runs rings around a totally inept agent called Nick, who's so busy getting cosy with the real Beth, he fails to catch the clone and deliver her to be studied and finally dispatched...allowing the real
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Nancy
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was on the second to last of 12 pages on my Kindle. I had gotten it a long time ago and was never really compelled to read it. So I dusted it off, so to speak, and started to read it.

Beth Chandler, a rather non-descript secretary, works for a research scientist whose focus is on cloning a human who can be used on the front lines in war. The cloned soldier would not have a consciousness but rather be controlled by the human at a safe location. The scientist, eager to test his machine,
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Becky
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is a thriller about a young woman who is cloned and how the clone goes on the run from the British government in order to save her own life. There are some suspenseful moments throughout the novel although Miss Revellian tends to bog down the story with boring details which interferes with the flow of the action. The author adds an interesting plot twist at the end which added to the excitement of reading the book.

The main characters are not very likeable as Beth 1 is quite boring and
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Trina Talma
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Victoria (daisyduck)
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, after a somewhat shakey start! The first chapter or two weren't good, but once the premise of the replica being created was established, it got going really well.
I was far more interested in the replica's storyline throughout. The parts where she was on the run were really well-written and I enjoyed her development from a wishy washy woman to a feisty, courageous character. The difficult part was that the original Beth was wholly uninteresting and the male
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Grace Elliot
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A startling read and near perfect book (and this from someone whose favourite genre is historical romance, not thrillers)
Helpful but meek, Beth agrees to help her boss in a secret replication experiment. Unbeknownst to her, something goes wrong, and an identical replica of her is produced. The Secret Services cannnot risk Beth revealing how she came into existance and she must be eradicated.
Beth Two goes on the run, whilst Beth One remains oblivious to her doppledangers existence. Meantime MI5
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Vicki Scullion
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Are humans technologically advanced enough to create identical replicas of themselves? Replicas that have all the memories of the original? Perhaps not yet, but modern science is doing amazing things with cloning and DNA research. Sooner or later, the ethical implications of such actions will test our society. In this novel, the choices made by scientists and government officials who create an identical replica of an innocent woman are explored, and come up wanting. The characters are ...more
Hilary
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-teen
4 stars for the plot (it lost one for plot holes too big for even YA fiction*) and 3 stars for the writing, which was clunky and lacked nuance most of the time. I enjoyed it for the most part, though it won't make my re-read list. (view spoiler)

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Rachel Cotterill
I've shelved this under sci-fi, but really, the sci-fi bit is all summed up in the premise: once it gets going this is a story about people. Or rather, it's a story about the same person under two very different sets of circumstances. It's hard to say much more without adding spoilers, but it was a quick read with a plot that raced along. It took me a little while to get used to the style: the "Beth Two" narrative is first person, but the storylines of "Beth One" and the other characters are ...more
Jamie Nicholas
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I get a lot of free books, and occasionally I get a good one. This one was really well written. It drew me in, and I had a hard time putting it down. (I was up until after 1 AM on a weeknight finishing it!)

This story is about a young woman who works in a government research institute in London, gets cloned without realizing it, and the "Replica" overhears that they plan to "get rid" of her so she takes off. The story is the replica trying to keep away from the London version of the FBI/CIA, and
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Jenn
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This was Gym Reading for me, aka free or cheap on the kindle. I'd read Revellian's other book, Remix, a while ago and liked it pretty well, so I was happy to see I had another book by her in my Kindle. This was...okay. It was readable, but I never got totally into it. Beth was just so incredibly bland. And it was entirely unbelievable that she could just keep outsmarting the MI5 people. It also felt like she was so careful in the beginning (and the MI5 were so thorough) and in the end they just ...more
Penroj
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was an interesting read, I liked the writing style, but the jumping from 1st to 3rd perspective during the reading felt a little strange at first, but not too disorintating.

As the title suggest, this is about the same person being replicated by a government department controlled by MI5, but do not think this is a science fiction novel, I would suggest more of a thriller come love story being more appropriate. I liked the pace and the ever changing situations both the main characters go
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Karen
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got this because I enjoyed the author's debut novel, Remix. Difference is that unlike her first book, this one is science fiction, dealing with the main character getting cloned. I read the summary, but hoped it would be more realistic fiction than sci fi. I had a hard time getting into it. When I start noticing little comma errors and such, then it means the story isn't holding my interest. Still, I'll read more from this author, but will stick to her realistic genre romance fiction and avoid ...more
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