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(Replica Trilogy #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  983 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Tor Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I had two misgivings when I started reading this book.

1. The genre: YA dystopian is a topic that has always drawn me in; I love the idea of the world falling into chaos and the renewed society that forms from its remnants, but more often not, the YA dystopian novels I've read have left me completely cold, and more often than not, extremely regretful of the time I wasted in reading it.

2. The author: no, this is NOT an attack on the author. I will never personally attack an author. I mean that whi
usagi ☆ミ
0.5 stars.

Oh, "Replica". How I wanted to like you. Really, I did. You had a fabulous premise - one I couldn't resist. But what I got was a serious case of blurb seduction and bait and switch - to the point where I just couldn't finish you. I'm not easy to offend, but I was pretty upset by this book. Why? We'll get into that in a bit. But if you want a more progressive, kinder LGBT mystery biopunk story, I suggest you look elsewhere. "Replica" just didn't deliver, and on top of things, really goe
Elle (ellexamines)
Sep 03, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
I tried to read this years ago and dumped it bc I thought it was going to be just a romance between the two best friends but apparently they ACTUALLY JUST STAY FRIENDS and now I really wish I finished this
Crystal Starr Light
Nadia Lake is engaged to Nate Hayes. But one night, he is murdered - and his lover (not Nadia) is implicated. But in this future world, there is a technology, owned by the most powerful corporation Paxco (of which Hayes' father is Chairman), which will create a "replica" of the person. Nate is brought back but lacks some of his most recent memories. Who killed him and why?

DNF at page 97 or chapter 6.

I'm waffling on the rating because, let's face it, this is not the worst YA dystopian out there.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Back when I requested Replica, months ago, I was still fully enthralled by the dystopian fiction trend. Sadly, by the time it arrived, I'd already hit a wall, a point where every single one I read reminds me of others, and I just haven't been wowed by any for some time, even The Fifth Wave, which has been highly praised. With that in mind, my expectations for Replica were pretty low, and, happily, Replica turned out to be much better than anticipated. Though the world building is shaky, the uniq ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
As the second daughter of an Executive and therefore not an heiress, Nadia Lake has one purpose in her life – to marry well and procure more wealth and an even higher standing for her family. Fortunately (or so it seems), she has been chosen to marry the Chairman’s Heir, her friend Nate. But her position means that she’s always under the limelight, ruled by the strict rules of high society, and that even the smallest mistake can cost her more than she can pay. Whatever she does reflects on her f ...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Nov 28, 2012 marked it as want-to-read-badly
Shelves: must-have-soon
This book has an average rating of 1 .......seriously?!?!?! Idk WHY some people on here do this but it annoys the hell out of me!! THIS BOOK IS NOT OUT YET,NO REVIEW COPIES ARE SENT OUT YET.... YOU HAVE NOT READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jen Ryland
Replica has a cool premise and a was written by an author whose YA books I have enjoyed, but I'm sad to say I didn't completely love it.

First off, I think Replica would have worked much better if it had been written and categorized as adult fiction. Yes, Nadia and Nate -- the two POV characters -- are supposed to be sixteen, but to me they felt much older. We don't see them at school, they don't have any obvious parental supervision, they mainly seem to go clubbing and do whatever they want with
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

WOAH this book was so cool... I really loved it. I'm off to write le review! :D

**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 a
Nadia’s life should be perfect destined to marry the Nate the heir of Paxco formerly New York. However her relationship with Nate isn’t a romantic one but they are best friends, and one day will marry even though it’s not romantic. After a party that they both attended Nate ends up dead without anyone but his lover to blame forced to flee because his father’s men are hunting him. Nate’s father has created the replication technology so even though his son is dead doesn’t stop his father from bein ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
So this is why people hate on dystopian. All the dystopians I read so far has been incredible so I never really got how it was overrated. Most of the characters in this book are assholes. I skimmed so much. There were quite a bit of useless scenes that were just stuck in the story. I skipped like 40 pages and just read the ending. It didn't sound very cool and what happened in the end had no relevance to the majority of the book. The mystery was really stupid also. There was a slight twist
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
For dystopian YA fiction, Replica is average and middle of the road. Some aspects are far superior to other books in the genre, while other elements are decidedly inferior. The plot is overly familiar but the main focus of the story – friendship between a mild mannered female forcibly turned into a formidable foe (ha) and a spoiled gay playboy – is very engaging. There is very little romance and the plot is overtly a mystery in a dystopian setting but the writing is decent and premise offers jus ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It is a known fact that I don’t read many young adult novels. However, there are some authors that I’ll try. Jenna Black is one of those authors. I’ve read her adult novels and even her other YA trilogy, The Faeriewalker Series. I’ve always enjoyed her books, so I thought I would give this one a try.

The world that is built here is very interesting. It takes place in the future and the government as we know has collapsed. This story takes place in what
Lizzy Lessard
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, reviewed, dystopian, sci-fi
REPLICA tries to break the YA mold by adding a twist to the relationship between the main female and male characters. Nadia and Nathan are engaged, but one of them (very minor spoiler – find out in first chapter) is gay and in love with someone else. In order to maintain her social status, Nadia pretends like she is in love with Nathan. Their superficial relationship is tested when Nathan is killed, supposedly by the third wheel in their love affair.

The most obvious (for me) person behind the ki
Nov 01, 2014 marked it as never-to-read
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Nicole M. Hewitt
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Replica reads like a dystopian sci-fi mystery - quite a unique combination!

The story takes place in a world where corporations have taken over the government. It is told from both Nate and Nadia's perspectives. Nadia and Nate are engaged - their marriage arranged at a young age - a convenient business transaction. They are both fine with this arrangement - they love each other and enjoy each other's company, but kno
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
REPLICA is the first book in a promising new series by author Jenna Black. A story that combines a futuristic, dystopian setting and a murder mystery with elements of science fiction, make for an incredibly engaging read.

Told from the dual perspectives of Nadia, a member of Paxco’s Executive class and Nate, the Chairman Heir of Paxco, the plot centers around Nate’s murder and his and Nadia’s attempt to solve the crime.

As Nadia tries to come to grips with her future husband’s death and his rebirt
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Short and Sweet:

This was one of those books that the cover completely confused me. It just didn't seem to fit with the story. Similarly, the setting seems both historical and futuristic in some ways, but I think that worked for me because I could kind of overlay my perception onto the story. I actually really enjoyed the 'timelessness' aspect of Replica and would absolutely recommend it!

To Elaborate...

Replica was pretty different from what I usually read. However, I think this is exactly why I e
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found replica on sale at the Barnes and Noble when I first saw it and the only reason I picked it up because it was only seven dollars and my mom knew I had a soft spot for science fiction for teens. But what she didn't know that over the years I've grown bored of science fiction and dystopian teen literature because everything has been done and I can't read the same books over and over. In the end, due to the price we ended buying it anyway. As I started reading I did straight out noticed the ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, dystopian, ya
I really liked the world that this book is set in. What didn't work for me was Nate, one of the main characters. He was like a petulant toddler, one who only cared about himself and would pitch a fit if he didn't get his way. I felt sorry for Nadia, for how he treated her even after things started to change. He didn't deserve someone like her in his life. I did like Nadia, thought she did a great job with the situation Nate put her in. I also loved how when push came to shove Nadia managed to ou ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Nate and Nadia are very likeable characters. I love how their characters grow and mature throughout the novel. It is a dystopia novel and science fiction as well. Also some mystery....I can't wait to see how the story unfolds in the next two novels. ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Good underlying story. But, when I pick a YF book at the library, I expect it to be one I would be comfortable letting my 15 year old son read. This definitely was not! And the sad part is I think it could have been done just as well or better without adding the questionable content.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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Joel Niles
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Replica is a book by Jenna Black. It is about a girl named Nadia who is deeply in love with the king’s son Nate. She gets manipulated by Nate though. One night at a party they sneak off. She finds out he is gay and says she won’t be his guard. The next day Nate turns up dead. She gets involved in a murder mystery and a deep secret about the king.

I think that Nate is very manipulative but nice. Nadia is a humble sweet girl. The setting is a very far future where technology has unimaginably adv
Bree Taylor
So the Pop Sugar book challenge says to read two books with the same title. I read Replica by Lauren Oliver and this served as a "book of the same name." And it SOOOO surpassed the Lauren Oliver version.

We are plopped into a New York that is in a distant time period from our own - where the USA is now a conglomerate of corporate states, including the one where Nate and Nadia live. Nadia is 16, wealthy, and an Executive (meaning first class). She is betrothed unofficially to Nate - 18, Executive,
Tricia Varosky
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Actual rating: 0.5 stars
In my opinion, there are many better YA distopian books out there that you can read if that's the kind of book you're into. I don't think that this book aged well as there were a bunch of things I found problematic throughout.
On top of that, the book feels like it's a really read but in reality it's only 365 pages. This issue is due to the fact that the majority of the chapters are long winded and not broken down properly (in my opinion). The first 15 chapters took up 26
Gracie Williams
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will pre-curse this review by noting that I've never been much of a sci-fi/dystopian future fan but after reading the back cover of REPLICA, I decided "why not" and gave it a whirl. I initially thought that this would have a romance plot of some sort but honestly, it really doesn't, unless you count the relationship of Nate and his (mild spoiler alert) lover Kurt Bishop. The book is well written and thought out though I do think that there is more world building left to be done by the author. ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Angie of Tor Teen for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Uhm, WHERE. IS. THE. NEXT. BOOK? Seriously. I was up until the wee hours of the night because I was so engaged in reading REPLICA. I didn't even glance at the clock the whole time and was so shocked that I stayed up so late because I just couldn't not finish it. I read this in one sitting, you guys.

Right from the first page, I was hooked. I'm not usually up
Ryan S
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Typical first book in a YA sci-fi/dystopian series. I like her premise, and personally enjoyed the ending twist. I like the character of Nadia, but Nate is an insufferable twit. I hope, at some point, we see some redeeming qualities. I don't yet understand Nadia's unflinching devotion.

The plot and idea aren't particularly revolutionary, but I still bought the rest of the series, so I guess that says something.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed the book: the premise was good, it was fast paced, it was interesting...but the problem came in that it was TOO fast paced. It was great right up until the end, then I felt like they tried to shove several more chapters worth of plot into the last couple chapters and nothing was tied up quite as neatly as it could have been.
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