I loved this but it needed to be longer! I wanted more dialogue between Abby & Martyr and more description of Alaska. (Hopefully a sequel is forthcoming) The interaction between Abby and her peers is the strongest part of this story. Abby immediately attracts the attention of JD, a rich, popular jock who is also smart. Oh no, triple threat! JD's problem is that he can't make up his mind whether to be a jerk or a likable guy. Abby doesn't want to write him off without reason, but she is determined not to be taken advantage of. It's refreshing to read about a girl who isn't just another victim. The contrast between JD and Martyr and how they treat Abby is very well done. I hope I haven't seen the last of the Jasons!
Abby Goyer's scientist dad just started working at a remote Alaskan "Farm," which she finds suspicious. While she tries to fit into her new high school, she also attempts to uncover what's going on below the barn. Yep, the insidious experiment is hidden underground.
Dozens of Jason clones are being raised there "to save humanity," or so they are told. But their lives are devoid of color and sensory pleasure, not to mention females. When Martyr, known as J:3:3, manages to escape he is astounded by the "real" world. Believing he will die in the poison air, he takes the risk so he can see the sky before he expires.
When Abby discovers this mysterious boy, who looks just like the popular jock chasing after her, life takes another unexpected turn as the suspense and adventure accelerate. This scifi thriller makes readers want to race through its pages to find out what will happen next.
Jill Williamson, winner of two Christy awards, is an incredible writer. I enjoyed an early version of this manuscript and am glad to see it in print, in hardback no less. Replication is entertaining, but also contains truths to ponder. Fiction is a great way to approach the issue of human cloning and the spiritual ramifications.
In the book, Replication, Jill Williamson has created an intriguing storyline. What if someone succeeded in the cloning of human beings? What then? How would science and society deal with these copies of a person? The author takes this topic and puts a very "human" touch to it by giving a face and soul to the character of the clone.
J:3:3 or Martyr is one of many human clones who live in a bland, underground world. He accepts his one purpose in life: "To be a sacrifice for those who live outside." His one wish is to see the sky before he expires at the age of eighteen.
Abby Goyer, still recovering from the loss of her mother, is uprooted from the busy pace of Washington D.C. and relocated to Fishhook, Alaska. Her scientist father has accepted a job at a secret facility called Jason Farms.
As Abby searches to find out more about Dr. Goyer's new position, it leads her into unbelievable discoveries. She meets Martyr and seeks to free him from this underground prison. Through meeting Abby, Martyr learns that God has a different and greater purpose for his existence.
I really enjoyed Replication. The storyline is packed with adventure, suspense, and even romance. The characters are varied and have depth. It's a well written book that kept me turning the pages. I didn't want to put it down. A great read! I highly recommend it.
What would be your greatest wish if you knew your life would end in 25 days? For Martyr his wish is to see the sky. Martyr lives on Jason Farms and he is about to fulfill his life's purpose, he will extend the life of those who live on the surface in the toxic air. Martyr's official designation is J:3:3 and he is quickly approaching his experation date - his 18th birthday.
Dr. Goyer, Jason Farms newest scientist, has just moved to Fishhook, Alaska with his daughter Abby. As Dr. Goyer settles into his new job, Abby has to adjust to life as the newest junior at Fishhook High School.
At school Abby has attracted the unwanted attention of Fishhok heartthrobe J.D. Kane, but Abby is determined to focus on school and not J.D. But J.D. is persistent and Abby's partner in a science project. Abby befriends Kylee who asks for her help with Calculus and Abby is more than happy to comply. When J.D. shows up at Abby's house to work on their project she asks Kylee to come over to study so that Kylee will be protection against J.D. But when Dr. Goyer gets home he makes J.D. and Kylee leave as he doesn't want Abby have friends over when she is unchaperoned!
Abby is embarassed and angry so she storms upstairs to her room and hiding in the corner is J.D.! But when she gets a call from J.D. asking her to bring his forgotten school books out to him she is mystified. How did J.D. manage this and why does the J.D. in her room have a shaved head? When Abby questions this new J.D. he tells her his name is Martyr and he hide in her father's truck all the way from Jason Farms. When Abby hears this she is determined to find out what her father is involved in and the truth about this J.D. look-alike. Abby hides Martyr whom she calls Marty in her room so that her father doesn't discover him.
But when Jason Farms discovers Martyr's disappearance most of the staff is sent home early and Dr. Goyer discovers Martyr hiding in his house. When Abby arrives home from school minutes later she confronts her father about his work at Jason Farms. Abby convinces her father to give her time to help Marty and the other 50 plus clones, though he thinks it will be useless. Dr. Goyer then removes Martyr's tracking device and shock restraint. Abby then takes Marty to Kylee's brother - Pastor Scott.
Pastor Scott doesn't believe Abby that Martyr is not J.D. but he agrees that Martyr can spend the night. Martyr then asks Pastor Scott questions about God, questions that Abby couldn't adequently answer for him. Pastor Scott then gives him a Bible to read. As Martyr reads through the night he decides that Abby is the embodiment of love as described in First Corinthians 13:4 - 8.
The next afternoon Pastor Scott takes Martyr to Fishhook High to see if there really is a second J.D. Kane. He parks next to J.D.'s car and when J.D. sees him he attacks Martyr. Abby tells J.D. that his father is making clones and that J.D. himself is most likly a clone!
Abby has Pastor Scott take her and Marty back to her house. But as she waits for her father someone comes to her house and this someone is determined to get Marty! As guards from Jason Farms break into her home she and Marty escape into the woods behind her home and Kylee comes pick them up. As they try to decide what to do, Abby tells Kylee about Marty and that he is someones experiment and that he is going to be killed if he goes back. Kylee agrees to help Abby and Marty prove the existance of Jason Farms and the illegal practices going on there. But as the threesome get closer to finding the evidence they need Abby and Marty are taken into custody by the Fishhook police force. Dr. Kane reported that his son was a runaway who was off his medication. The police turned Marty over to Dr. Kane thinking he was J.D. No one would listen or believe Abby that Marty was a clone and he was about to be killed for his organs!
When the police let Abby go she heads towards Kylee's house as she still can't get in touch with her dad, but someone runs her off the road. Security guards from Jason Farms have captured her and are taking her to the Farm! When Abby is taken into the underground facility she see that both her father and Marty are in Dr Goyer's office with Dr Kane. Dr Kane is preparing to shut down Jason Farms due to Abby's meddling. As insurance to keep Dr. Goyer in line Dr. Kane has a sample of Abby's blood taken for possible cloning and experimentation!
But Dr. Goyer and Martyr have a plan to escape the facility and to destroy Dr. Kane's research. But will their plan work and how will they save all the Jasons and Abby before it is to late? And what of the other facilities under Dr. Kane's leadership?
Replication is a true lesson in sacrifical love and turning the other cheek. What is more important to Christ knowing Him or living as He lived? Replication also makes us ask ourselves are there lines that medicine and science should never cross and who should determine these boundaries? What gives a life its worth and how do we define life? Replication is a thought provoking book that makes us question the world we live in and the idea of life at all costs!
I received this book as an Advanced Reviewer Copy for review purposes in Digital Format from the publisher. A favorable review was not required.
J:3:3's only wish before he expires on his 18th birthday is to see the sky. He knows he has a special purpose, to save humanity, and he's okay with that, mostly. If only he could see the sky first.
Abby Goyer hates moving to Alaska with her biologist dad. He's preoccupied with his top-secret job, but that's nothing new. But Abby begins to suspect there's more going on at her dad's job than she'd imagined when she meets a very strange guy whose name is Martyr-but looks exactly like a sleazy guy from school: Jason.
But how can she convince the authorities that the old barn near town-Jason Farm-is a cloning lab?
Replication: The Jason Experiment is a science fiction/suspense young adult novel about a girl who discovers her biologist father is covering up multiple secrets--all of which are named Jason. I love that tag line! It intrigued me since I first read it last summer. It seemed a stretch from the author's previously published novels, The Blood of Kings trilogy, but I'm glad I followed the author to a new style and genre.