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Replica is a young adult book series created by Marilyn Kaye, who wrote the novel version of the screenplay Penelope.

The protagonist, Amy Candler or "Amy, Number Seven" is a clone who is one of thirteen female clones genetically designed to be perfect. Amy's adoptive mother, Nancy Candler, is one of the original scientists involved in Amy's creation. When she and the other scientists discovered that The Organization was planning to breed the Amys with the male clones (the Andys) to create a master race of superior human beings to take over the world, they decided that this was unethical and burned down the lab after sending all of the Amys to adoption agencies with false birth certificates.

At puberty, Amy becomes extremely gifted overnight. She has binocular eyes that are able to see from miles away, super speed, super strength, super intelligence, etc. She has no abilities that human beings do not possess, she is simply better at everything she does than nearly anyone else on Earth. The Organization becomes aware that the clones survived and starts hunting Amy.


Many of the books such as Secret Clique do not really provide much plot relevant information and are somewhat non-linear. Other books like The Best of the Best about a boy genius arriving at Parkside Middle School become relevant later in the series. In trying to figure out (and survive) the mysterious Organization, Amy discovers that one of her clone sisters is involved with a neo-Nazi organization which ends up being directly linked to The Organization. The series touches on the moral implications of destroying everyone who isn't perfect and "sterilizing" human compassion.

The series consists of the following titles:

  1. Amy, Number Seven
  2. Pursuing Amy
  3. Another Amy
  4. Perfect Girls
  5. Secret Clique
  6. And the Two Shall Meet
  7. The Best of the Best
  8. Mystery Mother
  9. The Fever
  10. Ice Cold
  11. Lucky Thirteen
  12. In Search of Andy
  13. The Substitute
  14. The Beginning
  15. The Transformation
  16. Happy Birthday, Dear Amy
  17. Missing Pieces
  18. Return of the Perfect Girls
  19. Dreamcrusher
  20. Like Father, Like Son
  21. Virtual Amy
  22. The Plague Trilogy: Rewind
  23. The Plague Trilogy: Play
  24. The Plague Trilogy: Fast Forward
  25. All About Andy
  26. War of the Clones
  27. Amy, On Her Own

Replica contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Andy Denker's father turned out to support The Organization and allowed him to be experimented on as a child.
  • Achilles' Heel: Amy's earlobe. Strangely, the Andys, who were created by different scientists are not immune to this.
  • A-Cup Angst: Averted when Tasha gloats about her new B-cup bra, Amy is completely ambivalent and does not seem to care that she is still an A.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: Near the end of the series it is revealed that The Amys were all cloned from a woman named Eve Carrington and the Andys were cloned from Mr. Devon whose first name turns out to be Adam. They end up dating.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight with Chris Skinner, Amy's third boyfriend, who eventually catches Tasha's eye. Also played straight when Andy is introduced as mysterious and potentially dangerous.
  • Alpha Bitch: Jeanine Bryant in books 1-10, Linda and possibly Simone after that. Among the clones, Amy, Number Five could probably be counted.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Organization turns out to have goals similar to the Nazis then turns out to be an actual neo-Nazi organization.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Return of the Perfect Girls during the scene where the girls are realizing they've been kidnapped, Aimee Evans passes up the chance to sob about never being able to see her parents again and tries to get The Organization to understand how important her commercial shoot (and acting career) is.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The clones are turned into selfish compliant jerks in the eighteenth book by having their emotional proteins turned off.
    • The Organization is able to "turn off" the clones' perfect DNA from some remote location, turning them into ordinary people without even having to be in the same room with them.
    • Amy is given some kind of genetic acceleration to turn her twenty-five on her thirteenth birthday.
    • The story behind how the clones were actually made perfect is changed a couple of times and never actually starts to make sense.
    • The bad guys repeatedly try and steal Amy's DNA by cutting her hair or fingernails.
  • Artistic License – Engineering: of course AA batteries can power an android even stronger than enhanced humans.
  • Beach Episode: Return of the Perfect Girls though it's not completely unjustified.
  • Big Bad: The Director who turns out to be the Parisian tour guide who fell off the Eiffel Tower reincarnated as an android. Yeah...
  • Blackmail: What happens to Jeanine in Ice Cold.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: The Organization is strikingly (deliberately) reminiscent of the Nazi movement.
  • Evil Plan: In Secret Clique the popular group plans to make all the people in their way disappear using telekinetic powers.
  • Evil Twin: Obviously Aimee Evans (Number Ten), Annie Perrault (Number Nine), Amy Number Five.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: in Return of the Perfect Girls, when Amy and Andy are spotted plotting against the Organization, Andy explains they were searching an hiding place for, you know... Hilariously, or squicky, the answer is "You'll mate when we'll order you to!".
  • Freudian Excuse: In book sixteen, Amy runs into a couple trying to help troubled/runaway kids. The male half of this couple has violent anger problems that stem from his parents poorly handling his psychological disorder and forcing him into the hospital as a child.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the final books, it is revealed that Amy, Number Five was actually faking her cooperation with The Organization in order to get information out of them.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Every Amy suffers from this at the end of the series. Except for Number Seven (see above).
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Amy was desperate every time she lost her power. Tasha's nerve were really at stake, because she stands Amy being always superior to her, and than she must support Amy when she's depressed because she's not superior anymore. The series ends with Amy regaining her powers, enhanced, by volunteering as a test subject for the Evil Genius Creepy Child she stopped two dozen books before!
  • Important Haircut: Amy gets her first real haircut ever at home, from her mother, to avoid the dangers of a salon.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Averted. Though all of the Amys start off with the same name and the same extraordinary skills, each Amy has a different personality and three of the Amys (Aimee Evans, Annie Perrault, and Aly Kendricks) are given different names by their birth parents, probably to keep the reader from confusing them.
  • Inside a Computer System: The entire plot of Virtual Amy.
  • In the Future, Humans Will Be One Race: Justified trope. When Amy visits the future she sees the world that the Amys and Andys created by repopulating it with superior (and Caucasian) beings.
  • Just Friends: Amy and Andy in the end of the series. As well as Amy and every other male character she was interested in.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: In Dreamcrusher Amy is hit by lightning and becomes temporarily psychic.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Much simpler than in other instances. Amy starts off loving Eric who Jeanine is crazy about. Later, Amy cheats on Eric with Andy who is supposedly her genetic soul mate and then when Eric scorns her she gets with Chris who her best friend Tasha eventually takes a liking to.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Tasha initially does not want Amy to date her brother, Eric. She gets over it.
  • Mysterious Past: Amy, Number Seven. Andy Denker. Arguably ALL the clones including Chris Skinner who is only revealed to be a clone in the special Chris-centric book.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: The Organization. Big duh.
    • Even worse: The Omniscient Council of Vagueness was never defeated. In the end, they are on the secret services watchlist, so they don't dare to move a finger anymore. Well, thank you CIA for terrifying an evil director we never saw!
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The Pink Smock ladies are allegedly defective clones that did not turn out the way The Organization planned, but Amy is certain they were created to be soulless zombies who would do The Organization's bidding without question.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Monica is quite a stereotypical example.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Amy Candler stays twelve for fifteen books, during which she has more than one spring or summer vacation and returns still in seventh grade.
  • Overnight Age-Up: On her thirteenth birthday, Amy wakes up twenty-five.
  • Plot Hole: There are quite a few.
    • In The Fever we learn that the clones lose their abilities when they get their ears pierced. Before their abilities are lost, they get deathly ill for at least a week. Yet in book twenty-three they pierce an enemy clone's ears to render him useless and he does not develop a fever. Neither does Amy, Number Five when she decides she wants to live a normal life.
    • Dr. Grace's last name changes at least once during the series.
    • In the first half of the series it seems that the world of Replica relies on science fiction (cloning and genetic engineering are accepted possibilities). When things like emotional proteins and Eve Carrington's miraculous recovery at the hands of Dr. Jaleski happen it starts to seem unclear how much is sci-fi and how much is fantasy.
    • The Organization, despite being powerful and intelligent enough to create perfect clones, create human androids, create near perfection in imperfect people, alter DNA from remote locations, and kidnap genetically superior children multiple times cannot keep said superior children from escaping and can be defeated by some lousy batteries.
  • Puberty Superpower: The Amys do not become perfect at everything until puberty. For some reason.
    • Except the fact that they can't be ill, which prevented Amy from any medical exam.
  • Rich Bitch: Jeanine Bryant, Aimee Evans.
  • Sadist Teacher: Ms. Heartshorn in book 13 becomes this before revealing that she's really protecting Amy.
  • Sailor Earth: Because it is known that The Organization created most of its members as clones, many fanfic authors create new sets of clones that are better than the originals (sometimes having magical powers or psychic abilities). "Project Star" is a notable example.
  • Separated at Birth: Justified trope. All the clones are this.
  • Shrinking Violet: Amy, Number Three. Apparently growing up on a farm makes you this. Also, Aly in Return of the Perfect Girls. But who wouldn't be in that situation?
  • Skinheads: Annie's friends. Arguably the entire Organization.
  • Sick Episode: The Fever ends up being plot-relevant as it reveals the fact that clones lose all of their abilities when she gets her ears pierced.
  • The Plague: See The Plague Trilogy.
  • Unstable Genetic Code: Annie Perrault after she is age progressed to adulthood.
  • Very Special Episode: Book nine deals with the evils of drugs, while book fifteen deals with the evils of subliminal messages.