Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event which aims to shine a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.
Ringer by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
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 trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.
After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that her controlling and powerful father has new plans for Lyra and Caelum, Gemma and her boyfriend, Pete, leave in the middle of the night to warn them of the danger they face. When an untimely accident derails them, they are mistaken for the escaped replicas and seized by strangers hired to capture them. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.
Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories can be read separately – with either story first – or in alternating chapters, but no matter which way you turn the book, the two distinct stories combine into one breathtaking experience for both heroines and readers alike.
Replica was the first book by Lauren Oliver I picked up but it definitely won’t be the last. The story was enjoyable but what made this book stand out for me was the way it was written, intertwining Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories so you could read them any way you like. I’m excited for Ringer to carry on the story after the way it ended in Replica; this time I think I’ll give alternating Lyra’s and Gemma’s chapters a go to see if it changes the story for me.
What do you think of Ringer? Is it a must on your to-read list, or are there any other books you can’t wait for the release date of? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Waiting on Wednesday as well.