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Replica eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99!

ReplicaThe ebook for Jenna Black‘s Replica is now on sale $2.99!*

About Replica: Nadia lives a life of privilege, but the paparazzi track her every move. Nate, heir to the company that pioneered human replication, is more interested in the seedy underbelly of the state formerly known as New York than science. But then Nate turns up dead. Nadia was the last person to see him alive.

When the new Nate wakes up in replication tanks, he and Nadia must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

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Three Nightmares You Can’t Resist

Three by Kristen Simmons The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett Resistance by Jenna Black

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Three
Kristen Simmons
Tor Teen Hardcover ▪ ISBN: 978-0-7653-2960-8 ▪ E-book ISBN: 978-1-4299-4803-6 ▪ On-sale: February 11, 2014

The thrilling conclusion to Kristen Simmons’s post-apocalyptic YA trilogy (Article 5, Breaking Point), set in a future American in which the Bill-of-Rights has been replaced by the Moral Statutes, and young Ember and her boyfriend have been branded criminals. Now, joined up with the resistance movement, they are trying to find a safe place to settle—but they may be coming closer to facing the notorious organization known only as Three. The CW Atlanta has dubbed Simmons: “A true dystopian force.”

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida. She is the author of Article 5, Breaking Point, and Three.

The Nightmare Dilemma
Mindee Arnett
Tor Teen Hardcover ▪ ISBN: 978-0-7653-3334-6 ▪ E-book ISBN: 978-1-4668-0068-7▪ On-sale: March 4, 2014

The second in the new fantastical mystery series that began with The Nightmare Affair, this thrilling series isn’t your typical paranormal YA thanks to the incredible writing chops of author Mindee Arnett and her talents for weaving a riveting story with a cast of compelling and highly-relatable teens. She takes us once again into the world of Nightmares, Sirens, Wizards and Demons at Arkwell Academy—a place very wondrous and strange, but where teens still struggle with some of the same problems as in the real world.

Mindee Arnett lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic and the macabre. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines. Arnett has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She blogs and tweets, and is hard at work on the next novel in the Arkwell Academy series.

Resistance
Jenna Black
Tor Teen Trade Paperback ▪ ISBN: 978-0-7653-3372-8 ▪ E-book ISBN: 978-1-4668-0490-6 ▪ On-sale: March 11, 2014

Resistance is the second installment in acclaimed author of the Faeriewalker series Jenna Black’s new SF romance series, which started with Replica. Black has created a unique near-future world, controlled by corporations, where the rich have technology to return to life as synthetic replicas of themselves. A young man who found himself murdered and reborn as a replica now begins to work with a rebellion movement to overthrow the classist system.

Jenna Black received her Bachelor of Arts in physical anthropology and French from Duke University. She is the author of the Faeriewalker series for teens as well as the Morgan Kingsley urban fantasy series.

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Identity Crisis

Replica by Jenna Black

Written by Jenna Black

In the world of Replica, it is possible for the very rich and very privileged to make what amounts to backup copies of themselves. Periodically, they have scans made of their bodies, and if they should ever die of preventable causes, a Replica can be made based on those scans. That Replica will have all the original person’s thoughts and memories up until the time that the backup was made, and is in all other ways identical to the original.

One of the things that intrigues me most about this premise is the question of identity. One of the protagonists of the series, Nate Hayes, is murdered in the opening , and it is left to his Replica to try to solve the mystery of who killed him. So who, exactly, is Nate’s Replica? If he is identical to the original Nate in every way except for a few missing memories, does that mean he actually is Nate? According to the legal system in my story, yes, he is the real Nate Hayes; but is that how people would see him? Is that how he would see himself? After all, he feels identical to the original, even though he knows he’s a Replica.

I expect the answers to these questions will be very different for different individuals, but I tried to imagine how I would feel if, after one of my loved ones had died, a person appeared who looked and acted exactly like them and had their memories. My conclusion was that for me, at least, it would be very hard not to be completely taken in by the illusion. If, for example, I were faced with a Replica of my father, I suspect that although the relationship would be weird and awkward at first, eventually I would begin treating him and thinking about him as if he really were my father. Which then made me wonder: would I still grieve for the death of my real father?

There is something very appealing and tempting about the idea of being able to make backup copies, about not having the specter of loss always hovering over us. But it’s a disturbing idea, too. Just because I wouldn’t suffer the loss of my father wouldn’t mean that my father hadn’t died. Would the man who died not deserve to be mourned? How would I feel about the prospect of my loved ones having an identical copy of me available if I died? Obviously, I’d want my loved ones to be happy and to spare them any hurt I could, but there’s also something uncomfortably dehumanizing about the idea. Who am I, as an individual, if I can be copied and replaced so easily?

I won’t pretend I came up with any answers for these questions during the writing of Replica. I thought about them a lot, and came up with hypothetical answers from the points of view of my various characters, but most of them still struggle with some amount of confusion and mixed feelings.

Asking “what if” questions of this sort is one of my favorite things about writing science fiction and fantasy. And for me, it isn’t the actual answering of the questions that is fun, it’s the posing of them and the thinking about them in the first place.

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Book Trailer: Replica by Jenna Black

Book Trailer: Replica by Jenna Black

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Replica by Jenna Black

Replica is the breathtaking new science fiction novel from Jenna Black, the author of the Faeriewalker series.

Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake’s marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in the Corporate States. She lives a life of privilege even if she has to put up with paparazzi tracking her every move, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image—no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.

Nathaniel Hayes is the heir to the company that pioneered human replication: a technology that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Except he’s more interested in sneaking around the seedy underbelly of the state formerly known as New York than he is in learning to run his future company or courting his bride-to-be. She’s not exactly his type…not that he can tell anyone that.

But then Nate turns up dead, and Nadia was the last person to see him alive.

When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory back-up, he doesn’t know what — or rather, who — killed him.

Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

Replica, by Jenna Black, releases July 16th!

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