The Replacement

The Replacement

Book - 2010
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Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, 2010.
ISBN: 9781595143372
1595143378
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 22 cm.

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3mmettJT
Sep 28, 2017

The best way to read this book is cuddle up with your dog, have a cup of coffee in your had and read it at night!

SCL_Justin Jul 20, 2017

Brenna Yovanoff’s The Replacement is about a kid who isn’t normal. Oh sure Mackie has friends at school, but he also has severe reactions to the sight of blood and reacts badly to stainless steel and he has to stay out in unconsecrated ground when his father preaches at their local church. Mackie tries to keep a low low profile because his parents have always taught him about what awaits those who are different in the town of Gentry. But when Tate’s sister dies, Tate forces Mackie to quit not looking at the things that make him and the whole town weird.

I liked this book better than Holly Black’s Tithe which is an obvious comparison. It was interesting to read a faerie book where the fae person was a guy, and his relationships with both his male friends and the girls in the book were excellent and believable. There was angst but it wasn’t overpowering, ominousness that went somewhere. The only thing that felt a bit weird to me was the dropping of the musical subplot. It fed into the larger issues Mackie was going through but I’d hoped it would tie in a bit more. But that’s just quibbling. This is great, creepy YA stuff (probably a little fluffy for adult readers who want something dark about stolen children though).

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fantasyqueen
Jun 06, 2017

I couldn't put it down. A mesmerizing story

FindingJane Mar 09, 2015

This novel grips you from its opening paragraph and from there a daunting tale unfolds. Playing on the old folk tales of changelings, fairy babes that are left in cribs while human babies are spirited away, “The Replacement” gives this legend a darker and more fearful turn.

The fictional world of Gentry calls to mind Joss Whedon’s Sunnydale, Lakeside in Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” or any of Stephen King’s novels set in twisted versions of Bangor, Maine. The seeming serenity of the town requires the terrified compliance of its denizens and a willful blindness as to what’s truly happening beneath the surface.

The underworld of Mayhem isn’t an altered version of the town above but a world unto itself and Ms. Yovanoff’s prose takes flight as she limns these nightmare palaces, the creatures that occupy them and the sisters who rule them. There is poetry in her lines as she writes about gleeful dead girls, a sadistic masochist and the strange love-hate relationship these folks have with the townspeople who try desperately to appease the fey and stay out of their grip.

The human characters are themselves a motley crew, not all of them likeable or even understandable. They teeter on a knife edge between scared denial and harsh reality and risk toppling over when they decide to stand up and reclaim one of their own. When matters take a dire turn, it’s not at all certain that any of them will survive a fight where they don’t know the rules or wield the proper weapons.

This novel chills, terrifies and has you holding your breath. It’s not light reading matter and several times you might have to fight to keep from putting it down as it describes all the horror that comes after death—the decrepitude, the stench, the inescapable rot. Yet it also aches with the connections we form almost in spite of ourselves and how love can redeem even those who think themselves unlovable. There is joy and grief here; Ms. Yovanoff’s writing slowly brings us to the realization that both are needed to complete life.

bandblair Feb 25, 2015

I think the cover is more interesting than the story, but Mackie was a really strong character.

LibraryK8 Nov 07, 2014

Mackie is a bit moody for my taste as a protagonist (I prefer mine cocky and overconfident) but I loved the idea of the story focusing on a "replacement" child. If you loved Labyrinth you will love this book!

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tocch101
Aug 13, 2013

An interesting story that ties in to so many different mythologies. The characters were interesting and believable with great characteristics and motivations. A great read.

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beautylovetruth
Nov 24, 2012

I enjoyed this book, particularly in the fast-paced portions. I felt very connected to Mackie and his plight of being different... very different. He was aware of his circumstances and he allowed that to stop him from doing "normal" things. The plot twists and turns into an interesting mix of fantasy and coming of age. It was a fun read and it would be perfect for teens today.

Violet_Dove_43 Aug 28, 2012

this book was really good and i found the plot to be awsome and original.

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06Lindsey
Jul 25, 2012

Well, I didn't really know what to expect when reading this book but I have to say that it was good. I found the whole baby-snatching thing a pretty awesome plot twist in this (dare I say it) 'coming of age' sort of story. I found there were a couple slow bits and a couple cool fast paced bits that I did enjoy. I don't really know what I think of the book overall. It's an amazing idea, the characters were cool and funny and interesting. It was well written that's for sure. I can see why it's so popular.

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couges
Oct 13, 2010

Sexual Content: Pretty liberal and suggestive.

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couges
Oct 13, 2010

Coarse Language: Drops the F bomb about a dozen times and various other profane words.

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couges
Oct 13, 2010

Violence: General Gore.

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LibraryK8 Nov 07, 2014

Seventeen years ago someone or something snuck into the home of the town’s pastor. They took a baby boy out of his crib and left Mackie in his place before disappearing back into the night. No one talks about it, but this isn’t the first time this has happened in the small town of Gentry. Now Mackie is a junior in high school and just trying to avoid standing out, but he can’t help it with his blond hair, pale complexion and black eyes. He is not of this world.
When the little sister of his schoolmate Tate goes missing Mackie travels into the underworld of Gentry to get her back and hopefully discover something about the place he came from and perhaps discover what happened to the boy he Replaced so many years ago.

lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

The protagonist Mackie Doyle is aware of his differences his parents are aware of his differences and the people who he closely resembles in comosition know that he is very special and they want him.
Using his ownself-preservatino techniques against him they use Mr.Doyle for their private agenda.
Mackie knows that he is wrong and attempts to right his wrong doings by helping his crush by doing the one thing that he can do- saving her sister.

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lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

lokiboo262 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 15

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