I’m excited to kickoff the blog tour for Jenna Black’s REPLICA. While I’ve never read anything by her before, I’m glad she’s got a new series that I can read – REPLICA sounds amazing. Today, I’ve got the author with a guest post where she dishes on the Top Ten Replica Candidates – some good stuff! First, here’s a little bit about the book. And remember, there’s a giveaway at the end!
Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, 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.
Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.
Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, 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 backup, he doesn’t know what 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.
The main science-fictional premise of my Replica series is the ability to create Replicas of human beings based on backup scans that were made before they died. These Replicas not only look exactly like their originals, they also have all the thoughts, personality, and memories of their originals. Only the wealthiest and most powerful people in my world are eligible for these backup scans, and creating a Replica is enormously expensive. But if that technology were to be widely available in our world today (or in a couple of my favorite fictional worlds), here are the people I’d most want to have Replicas of.
1. My first choice would have to be my husband, Dan. The Replica technology as I’ve imagined it isn’t of any real benefit to the person being Replicated—that individual still dies, even if there is a copy brought to life—but it could be of enormous (if very confusing) benefit to those left behind. My husband is 14 years my senior, and it sure would be nice not to have to live with the specter of losing him.
2-5 Seeing as Replica technology is an inherently selfish invention, my 2 choices would be my parents and Dan’s parents. We lost all four of them within a sixyear stretch, one after the other. It was brutal—and still is. One of the realities about grief is that it never truly goes away. Maybe it pops up less often as time goes by, but it’s still there. (My parents died in 2004, and yet there are still occasions when the grief sneaks up on me and hurts like a physical pain.) Having their Replicas around would be a nice balm for that pain.
6. For someone with much less of a personal connection to me, I would choose Freddy Mercury, the late lead singer for Queen. I first became familiar with Queen when I was in college, and they quickly became my favorite group of all time. Freddy Mercury’s voice was spectacular in its range, and his vocal agility was breathtaking. I’ve heard many excellent singers sing Queen songs, but I have yet to hear one who can do them justice. I would love it if there were a Replica made of him so that I could get a chance to hear Queen live in concert. (Hearing them in concert without Freddy just won’t cut it.)
7. I’ll take a break from all the selfish choices and choose someone who could have continued to make the world a better place if we were able to create a Replica of him before his untimely death: Martin Luther King, Jr. He accomplished so much in such a short life, I can only imagine what he would have done had he lived to a ripe old age.
Spoiler alert: I’m about to venture into the world of fiction, so if you don’t want to risk any spoilers for “West Side Story,” “Hair,” “Titanic,” or the Hunger Games trilogy, you might want to quit reading now.
8. When I was a kid and through early adulthood, I used to love a good tear-jerker. My two absolutely favorite movies at the time were “Hair” and “West Side Story,” both of which end tragically, and both of which made me bawl every time I watched them. The whole point of “Hair” would be lost if Berger lived (or if you could bring back a Replica of him), so I suppose I’ll have to let him languish and bring back Tony of “West Side “Story” instead. Maybe the shock of his original’s death would have been enough to bring the Jets and the Sharks together, and then he and Maria could have lived happily ever after. (What can I say: I’m a sucker for romance.)
9. On a similar note, I would want Jack Dawson from Titanic to be brought back so that he and Rose could have a happily ever after. I no longer have any tolerance for tearjerkers—I’ve experienced enough loss in real life not to want to experience it in fiction—so this is a movie I know I’ll never watch again, even though I really enjoyed most of it.
10. And finally, I’d bring back Prim from MOCKINGJAY. I heard a lot of buzz about THE HUNGER GAMES when it first came out, but the premise didn’t immediately light my fire (no pun intended), so I read some sample chapters online. I was instantly drawn in by Katniss’s fiercely protective nature, and by the heartbreak of Prim’s name being called as a tribute. Every awful thing that happened to Katniss throughout the series happened because of her decision to offer herself in Prim’s place. To have her then lose Prim at the end of the series was absolutely heartbreaking. I have no quibble with Ms. Collins ending the series in the way she saw fit, but in my own personal alternate universe, Katniss would at least have the comfort of being able to watch her sister’s Replica grow up and flourish in the world Katniss helped change.
Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she’s an “experience junkie.” She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.
Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.
Concluding that this discovery was her life’s work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She writes paranormal romance for Tor and urban fantasy for Bantam Dell.
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