Chloe wakes up with all her memories erased, trapped in the basement of someone who looks exactly like her. Even more disturbingly, Chloe’s head has been somehow separated from her body. She’s alive, but completely helpless.

Who is her captor? What does she want? Chloe is running out of time. She’s in more danger than she realises, and nothing is as it seems…

“I finished REPLICA, placed the book on my desk and took a moment. Many bookish people will know the sensation when a world holds your imagination so rapt that you look up on completion, feeling vaguely astonished (and perhaps annoyed) that yes, the real world is still there. There are some books that lure you in like a drug and hold you like a vice. You are left reeling.”
—Fiona Bradbury, Books & Enchantment

“An awesome possible-near-future sci-fi novel with a fantastic premise and lots of killer twists… REPLICA raises lots of interesting questions about the nature of consciousness and what makes us human.”
—Steph Bowe, author of All This Could End

“It’s so refreshing to read a strong female protagonist, to read an unconventional romance and an ending that’s not neatly tied up with a red ribbon. REPLICA is underpinned by philosophical thinking – it’s a slim book but it’s fat with ideas. Who are we without our memories? How much of our lives is defined by our context, our relationships, other people’s ideas of who we are? …REPLICA has a clever structure, a propulsive plot and head-wrecking content. It’s a ripper of a book.”
—Simmone Howell, author of Girl, Defective

Invite Jack to your school or festival

Jack Heath photo credit Ash Peak 2013Jack regularly tours Australia to teach creative writing and a love of literature. His enthusiastic presentations have gotten thousands of teenagers hooked on reading. He has appeared on Today Tonight, Pyramid, Sunrise, Stateline, The Shak, Kids WB, State Focus and various other TV shows, as well as being featured in the Shanghai World Expo.

“Jack Heath exudes energy; it crackles and sizzles and spills out into the audience… Jack is an entertainer – whether it be holding a live audience or capturing the imagination of his readers.”
—Kaz Delaney, author of Dead Actually

Ask Jack to visit your high school, library or literary event!

More about Jack

Jack started writing The Lab when he was 13 and had a publishing contract for it at 18. Since then he has written seven more action-packed and scary books for young adults.

In the course of his research, Jack has gone scuba diving with sharks, travelled through Texas, Russia, and Cambodia, trained with firearms, toured prisons and interviewed guards, examined body parts at the morgue, read only books by women for a year, been a stunt driver, played bass in a rock band and performed street magic for an afternoon. He is also on the board of the ACT Writers Centre.

Jack lives in the ACT with his wife, Venetia, and their son, Red. Venetia operates a boutique jewellery design studio in Canberra. Jack’s brother, Tom Heath, is a gaming journalist who has written for Crikey, Junkee and The Canberra Times.


  • The Telegraph Best YA Books, 2014 (longlisted)
  • Kids Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA), 2014 (shortlisted)
  • Young Australians Best Book Award (YABBA), 2014 (shortlisted)
  • Young Adult Short Story of the Year, Aurealis Awards, 2013 (shortlisted)
  • Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, 2012 (runner up)
  • National Year of Reading “Our Story” Collection, 2012 (shortlisted)
  • ACT Young Australian of the Year, 2009 (winner)
  • Sci-Fi Book of the Year, Aurealis Awards, 2007 (shortlisted)


“A sensational book. I love a heart-pounding, edge of the seat, slam bam adventure and Ink, Inc. delivers all this, in spades, but it does so much more. It’s clever, it’s sly, it’s punchy… it’s not a half-baked vision of the near future, it’s fully-baked with that real depth of flavour that lingers long after the last bite.”
—Michael Pryor, award-shortlisted author of Machine Wars, reviewing Ink, Inc.

“Jack Heath has woven a thumping, pumping, tightly configured and deftly researched tale… (The missions) link together like chain mail in an astonishing plot-weave that works so well, you could peel it off the pages and slap it on a movie screen. Reading it is like watching an action blockbuster unfolding in your head. Heath writes with clear, detailed and dexterous descriptives, however, the plotline isn’t sidetracked or bogged down in the process – the author has a knack for combining a fast pace plotline and lots of action with a narrative that is colourful and totally immersing.”
–Tania McCartney, reviewing Third Transmission for Australian Women Online

“A narrowing spiral of perfectly-orchestrated scenes… It is, in other words, an enviable plot. And Heath doesn’t rest on it; he mixes in the most immediately dramatic writing he can muster.”
—Steve Donoghue, reviewing Money Run for Open Letters Monthly

“When I closed the covers, I was tingling all over… It’s not just the pow-pow-boom action — it’s the cunning minds on both sides, the subterfuge and secrets, the plans within plans.”
—Eden, reviewing Remote Control for Pass the Chiclets

“In this stunning debut, Jack Heath has given teen readers an adventure of a lifetime.”
—Deborah Takahashi, reviewing The Lab for Lady Kazumi