Thursday, April 5, 2018


by Lauren Oliver 
Language: English 
New York, NY Harper, 2017. ©2016. 
236, 6 pages, 284, 10 pages ; 21 cm. 
Summary: Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene. But up close the locked doors, military guards and bio-hazard suits tell a different story. Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised and observed. When a surprise attack is launched, two of its young experimental subjects, Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72, manage to escape. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions. While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. A flip book, each story can be read separately or in alternating chapters.