Book Review: The Beginning (Replica #14)
Hello, hello readers!
My writer’s retreat is just a day away, so this will be my last post before the trip. Wish me luck! Okay, let’s get right to the post at hand.
Today I’m reviewing The Beginning (Replica #14) by Marilyn Kaye.
While #13 didn’t especially wow me, I’m so far into this series that I’m holding on to hope. It also helps that #12 was a complete knockout for me. Alright, let’s get on with the review!
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Amy is going back to the place where she was born–Washington, D.C. It’s a class trip to take in the historic sights of the nation’s capital. Sure Amy’s uneasy about traveling to the home turf of the people who funded Project Crescent–the reason she’s alive–and is in constant fear of being captured. But it’s a chance to connect with her roots. After all, what could go wrong? Well, Amy’s mother is a class chaperon, and for her the trip stirs up memories. Memories of working in the top-secret government program to develop clones. Memories of a loved one battling a rare genetic disorder. Memories of betrayal, and a decision that would forever change her life. And now the trip back to where it all began pits mother and daughter against an enemy both old and new.
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I’ve gotta say, this read was pretty darn solid.
This time in Amy’s chaotic life, she’s DC bound for a class trip. Knowing her overprotective mom, she’s volunteered as a chaperone, but is there really danger or is she overreacting? This trip reveals Nancy’s former demons as well as new ones that threaten Amy’s safety.
So this book takes a slightly different format than prior ones. We’ve got two viewpoints, that of Amy’s in the present and that of her mother’s in the past when she was working for Project Crescent. I have to say, these two perspectives really worked for me and created a nice balance. We also finally get some answers as to how Amy’s life situation came to be and the major players involved. I love uncovering the truth of what happened.
Amy does get some additional depth here, but it’s really gained through Nancy’s POV and what she finally decides to tell her about what went down all those years ago.
I really liked the mysterious plot of yesteryear mixed with the action of the present. It kept things interesting in more than one way, which had me flipping through the pages pretty quickly. The only thing I wanted was a bit more of an epic backstory or more action in the present. I think it could’ve been ramped up more to really shake the reader to their core, but this was still really good.
Can’t wait for the next one!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!