Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Ringer

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by powerhouse bestselling author Lauren Oliver digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can tru...

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Ringer Reviews

  • Shelley

    *Source* Edelweiss

    *Genre* YA, Science Fiction

    *Rating* 3.5-4

    *Thoughts*

    Lauren Oliver's Ringer is the second installment in the authors Replica duology. For timeline sake, this story takes place 3 weeks after the end of Replica. The story is once again told by two different characters, Gemma & Lyra, in two different books. If you are like me, you read the first book, before flipping over to the second, even though both stories take place concurrently. Because of the edition I received, I starte

    *Source* Edelweiss

    *Genre* YA, Science Fiction

    *Rating* 3.5-4

    *Thoughts*

    Lauren Oliver's Ringer is the second installment in the authors Replica duology. For timeline sake, this story takes place 3 weeks after the end of Replica. The story is once again told by two different characters, Gemma & Lyra, in two different books. If you are like me, you read the first book, before flipping over to the second, even though both stories take place concurrently. Because of the edition I received, I started with Gemma Ives story first. Gemma has learned so much about herself in a very short period of time. 

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 3.5/5

    Review to come!

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    I have been awaiting this second instalment in the Replica series for a year now, and I was not at all disappointed with the outcome. Ringer is just as eerie, and the original layout of the book is the same as the first. My favourite story was Gemma’s, but Lyra’s is still gripping. If you have yet to pick these books up, I definitely recommend that you do so this fall.

    This sequel to Replica tells the story of human clones and mistaken identity. What is interesting about this story in particular

    I have been awaiting this second instalment in the Replica series for a year now, and I was not at all disappointed with the outcome. Ringer is just as eerie, and the original layout of the book is the same as the first. My favourite story was Gemma’s, but Lyra’s is still gripping. If you have yet to pick these books up, I definitely recommend that you do so this fall.

    This sequel to Replica tells the story of human clones and mistaken identity. What is interesting about this story in particular is that Lyra and Gemma’s positions are now swapped. Gemma is mistaken for a Replica and imprisoned while Lyra is on the hunt for a cure for her illness. I can’t say too much because of spoilers, but I really enjoyed the scientific aspects of the book and the well-thought out plot twists. Ringer is full of intrigue and is the perfect conclusion to the Replica duology.

    What is so unique about the way Ringer is written is the multitude of reading options provided. Gemma and Lyra’s stories are separate, yet they connect. Because of this, the reader can either read each perspective separately or alternate after every chapter. Because I read the ebook edition of this book, it was hard to alternate, but it is interesting how both stories are so synced. I love the setup of the Replica books, and I would definitely like to see more books with this format.

    Of the two stories, I personally enjoyed Gemma’s better. I liked her more as a character, and her experiences contained more action and suspense. There are also more sci-fi aspects in her story, which I preferred to Lyra’s more contemporary story. Lyra’s story is still enjoyable, but compared to Gemma’s I just found it to be a bit lacking.

    Ringer is the action-packed sequel to Replica in which Gemma and Lyra’s positions are switched. I enjoyed the originality of the plot and the creative layout of the book itself. I personally preferred Gemma’s side of the story, but both stories are still thrilling.

  • Tez

    Haven't read

    yet (which I own), but the futuristic, sciencey, genetic stuff really appeals to me :-)

  • Jennifer

    3.5/5 stars

    Ringer is the sequel to Replica. This is the final book in the Replica series. I would categorize this series as Young Adult Science Fiction.

    The book has 3rd person POVs. The two main characters are Gemma and Lyra. Each girl's story is divided into 3 parts.

    The prologues take place on May 15. Chapter Ones takes place May 11th. Before each prologue for each girl there is a summary. At first I thought that it was a summary from Replica. Then I thought it was from what transpired between

    3.5/5 stars

    Ringer is the sequel to Replica. This is the final book in the Replica series. I would categorize this series as Young Adult Science Fiction.

    The book has 3rd person POVs. The two main characters are Gemma and Lyra. Each girl's story is divided into 3 parts.

    The prologues take place on May 15. Chapter Ones takes place May 11th. Before each prologue for each girl there is a summary. At first I thought that it was a summary from Replica. Then I thought it was from what transpired between Replica and Ringer. But it is a partial summary of what is going to happen in Ringer. Not sure why this would be included before the prologue. I am quite unhappy that I read this and honestly do not understand why this would be included. If a reader wants to read the book blurb that should be their choice.

    Ringer is divided into Gemma's book and Lyra's book (the same way that Replica had 2 stories). So you can read one girl's story, followed by the other. Or you can alternate chapters. I decided to alternate chapters. Although this time Gemma's story was first in the e-book. So I read her chapters first.

    Ringer is a bit different from Replica in that these are almost two completely separate stories. Yes Gemma and Lyra's stories are linked. And yes these things are happening to them simultaneously. But they are not in many scenes together. So there is little repetition. Although the parts were they were together ... well I wondered why Lyra's story was put first in the e-book. I ended up towards the end reading Lyra first as it made more sense to me.

    Overall this was a decent sequel. However I was expecting the stories to overlap a lot more. I would have liked a lot more scenes between Gemma and Lyra. But a good conclusion to an interesting series.

    Thanks to edelweiss and HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book.

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was an interesting sequel, and I liked catching up with Gemma and Lyra.

    I felt sorry for both Gemma and Lyra in this book, Gemma was once again faced with a replica of herself and Lyra was once again being chased for her life.

    The storyline in this was about Gemma trying to warn Lyra that people were once again after her, and Lyra being on the run. Caelum had gone missing and Gemma got thrown into a dan

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was an interesting sequel, and I liked catching up with Gemma and Lyra.

    I felt sorry for both Gemma and Lyra in this book, Gemma was once again faced with a replica of herself and Lyra was once again being chased for her life.

    The storyline in this was about Gemma trying to warn Lyra that people were once again after her, and Lyra being on the run. Caelum had gone missing and Gemma got thrown into a dangerous situation that she wasn’t expecting. We had quite a few questions over what makes someone human, and Gemma’s fears over having replicas, while Lyra had problems with Calum and his lack of documentation.

    The ending to this was okay, but I felt like things were still left fairly open.

    7 out of 10

  • Eleanne

    I got an ARC of

    but I haven't even read the first book :( Looks like I need to catch up!

  • Karen

    See my full review and much more on my blog

    See my full review for REPLICA

    RINGER is the second (and

    ) book in the REPLICA series. It tells linear stories of two girls; Lyra, who was raised as a replica but actually isn’t and Gemma, who is actually a replica but was raised as a normal girl. I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed the first book in this series. The stakes seem even higher and they involve outside people who actually want to help them, and some that are det

    See my full review and much more on my blog

    See my full review for REPLICA

    RINGER is the second (and

    ) book in the REPLICA series. It tells linear stories of two girls; Lyra, who was raised as a replica but actually isn’t and Gemma, who is actually a replica but was raised as a normal girl. I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed the first book in this series. The stakes seem even higher and they involve outside people who actually want to help them, and some that are determined to kill them.

    Gemma learns that her father has plans to kill Lyra and Caelum. Gemma and her boyfriend Pete set out to try to save them. When Gemma and Pete are mistaken for Lyra and Caelum they find out that Haven is still housing replicas. They find themselves mistaken for replicas and then there they learn the awful truth about what it means to be a replica.

    Lyra and Caelum are having a hard time blending in with society. They find themselves outsiders to a big wide world. Lyra wants to explore that world and Caelum prefers to watch it go by on television. They are closer then they have ever been and living almost like strangers to each other. The set out to their beginnings at Haven in the hope to find a cure for Lyra’s illness.

    I read Gemma’s story first and then Lyra’s. Gemma finds herself in some horrible situations. First, she is mistaken for a replica and meets many like her. Exactly like her to be exact, except they are missing some essential piece that actually makes them human. Her relationship with Pete seems to have moved beyond awkward and moves to a more comfortable place. I was so happy to see Gemma in a good relationship because it seems so many around her in the first story were so untrustworthy.

    Lyra’s story explores the question of what it really means to be human. Since she was raised with replicas she relies on what her father, who takes her and Caelum in, to explain that and how to function in society. I really enjoyed Lyra’s experiences since she sees the world with really fresh eyes. Some of the things her and Caelum do to survive are really questionable, but since they don’t’ really know any better it worked in the story.

    In this story it is almost as if the girls have traded places. I enjoyed this spin as well as the formatting. The girls’ stories could stand alone but the fact that they intersect makes this story even more compelling. We get to see snippets of the girl in each story. The girls have grown so much since the first book and both of their story arcs are fun to read about.

    I will say that the ending leaves a lot to the imagination. I honestly thought there would be a third installment to this series because so much is left unanswered. There were a few coincidences in both girls’ stories that seemed a little too perfect. All in all this was a pretty good story. It was original and fun to imagine. I would recommend this to YA Sci-Fi fans.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    I loved Ringer just as much as I loved Replica - and I’m so happy about it. Ringer builds on the momentum of Replica, and we look even deeper at what it means to be human, and what rights are given to those who meet that definition. Gemma and Lyra have both escaped the Haven Institute, but the troubles they face are just beginning. Lyra and Caelum begin searching for a cure to heal her, and uncover a shocking con

    I loved Ringer just as much as I loved Replica - and I’m so happy about it. Ringer builds on the momentum of Replica, and we look even deeper at what it means to be human, and what rights are given to those who meet that definition. Gemma and Lyra have both escaped the Haven Institute, but the troubles they face are just beginning. Lyra and Caelum begin searching for a cure to heal her, and uncover a shocking connection to their past. When Gemma and Pete go to warn the newly freed replicas that Gemma’s father, Geoffrey, might not have been as altruistic as he seemed, the two are mistaken for the escaped replicas and taken to a Haven holding. Trapped and alone. With even more suspense and thrills, Ringer is a fantastic conclusion to this thought-provoking science fiction duology.

    is once again emotional and compelling. We see each girl trying to move forward from the life-changing events that happened over Spring Break. Each girl is going through a sort of fish-out-of-water experience, where they are forced to grow and evolve. We really see each girl’s strength and determination. Where even in the face of the unknown , they continue to move forward. We see both girls deal with feeling powerless and fear, and move to a confidence in themselves and a hopefulness that was really easy to connect to.

    I LOVED seeing

    . It was heartbreaking and frustrating seeing them having to figure out everything on their own.

    There were a few chapters with

    and I absolutely loved them. I think this is just a feature I love in books, because I’ve never not liked them. They help establish the world outside of our main characters and give this full-world feeling to the story.

    We actually get to see

    , or God as Lyra calls him, for more that just passing moments. I really liked getting to see things from his perspective and learning his reasoning behind his drive and dedication to his research. Seeing him elevated him from the boogeyman of book one, to a person with values and beliefs, that while they might not match our own, drive him toward his goals.

    There was even more

    in this book than the previous one! There’s this environment of uncertainty and uneasiness that draws you in. I think reading in alternate chapter helps further elevate the tension as well.

    I felt like

    was a little too absent in the story. It seemed like he was connected to everything, even if only tangentially, but I wanted him physically present.

    I wish another

    had more of a presence in the story as well. They play a pretty important role, especially in Lyra’s journey, but they was pretty

    overall. I liked everything we saw of them, but I wanted more

    I love how much this duology makes me think - it really just grabs me from page one and I don’t want to stop! I love seeing the replicas and how their experiences have changed how they view the world and morality, I love the emotional journey and the parallel struggles we see in Gemma and Lyra. While I would have liked more from some characters, I was satisfied with the story as a whole. This is just a great finale that left me feeling hopeful, happy, and peaceful.

  • Suzanne

    I really like many parts of this series but I had a lot of trouble not letting my mind roam; it just didn't keep my attention the whole time. In Replica, I read the novel from Lyra's POV completely then went on to Gemma's story. So for the second book I did the alternating chapters. I actually liked doing the alternating chapters best. Not going to lie it can be a slight hassle flipping the book over chapter to chapter but, in my opinion, the novel goes by smoother. So for those who haven't read

    I really like many parts of this series but I had a lot of trouble not letting my mind roam; it just didn't keep my attention the whole time. In Replica, I read the novel from Lyra's POV completely then went on to Gemma's story. So for the second book I did the alternating chapters. I actually liked doing the alternating chapters best. Not going to lie it can be a slight hassle flipping the book over chapter to chapter but, in my opinion, the novel goes by smoother. So for those who haven't read this series yet maybe deal with the hassle and try the flip/flop.


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