When I first read about this novel , I was excited as I love novels about Genetics and Modification but then when I discovered that Zondervan were publishing it , I was intrigued as to what the novel would be about and how captivating it would turn out to be.
In Replication , we meet a series of people who have been genetically made and are called the Jasons . They have been bred and taught that they are saving Mankind from the toxic air that breathes outside in "our world" . Replication follows one of the Jasons 3:33 aka Martyr , as a Jason they are to live till their eighteenth birthday and then they expire and die . To them , it is what God has made their purpose to be. When a new doctor arrives, Mr Goyer - Martyr starts to feel a connection with the doctor and vice versa , Marytr's one wish besides hoping someone to look after Baby and Hummer when he is gone is to see the "real sky" . When Abby Goyer decides to investigate and discover what her father's job really is , she is surprised to discover genetic modification etc going on and soon Abby comes face to face with Martyr and for a Jason , Martyr and Abby really hit it off. It seems that Martyr is involved in an experiment titled "The Jason Experiment". As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.
An interesting story about two different people who have lead two very different lives both discovering that God does have a purpose for everyone of us and that sometimes in order for the individual to discover their purpose , we all need a little boost from a friend to point us in the right direction
My teenage sons and I read this and all enjoyed it. (My 13-year-old did think there was too much kissing, but I did not have that same reaction from my 17-year-old.) It has spurred conversations about the worth of all human life and how just as God made twins unique, so clones could be unique beings too. A quick and compelling read, I think it could easily be used for book groups or even Bible studies.
Replication is a great story, full of exciting and dramatic twists. If you like suspenseful, meaningful stories, you will love this one.
Abby Goyer is a high school student who is dealing with the death of her mother and also with the fact that her father has been involved in some unethical research practices at work. Now that he's moved them to Alaska, things really get weird. Especially when she discovers a kid who looks exactly like the creepy jock at her school. And then she finds out that he's a clone from a nearby lab. But this clone is way nicer than the guy at her school.
I love the brilliant way the author shows that your DNA doesn't determine how nice a person you are. Each person chooses for him or herself whether to do the right thing, to be kind and compassionate or to be cruel and selfish. It was also really fascinating the way she explored what it would be like for a person to grow up without ever seeing the outside world, never being exposed to colors or even people of the opposite sex--and never knowing about their Creator God. It's a really thought-provoking read and also very exciting and entertaining. I highly recommend it for both adults and teens.
And if you haven't seen the video trailers, search for them on YouTube. Just type in Replication: The Jason Experiment. Really great trailers!
Replication by Jill Williamson is a story about a clone nicknamed Martyr who just wants to see the sky before he "expires." He then runs into a young woman named Abby Goyer. Soon, they unravel the mystery behind Jason Farms, the place where Martyr comes from. The story gets more intense once they are on the run from Dr. Kane, the founder of Jason Farms. Martyr will now have to choose between serving the purpose for which he was made by Dr. Kane, or to serve God`s purpose.
The characters are just like anyone else, which makes it easy to step into their shoes. Martyr`s innocence adds to the humor of the book. He is just like a four year old, curious about the world and everything in it. He is a sweet character that you will love from the moment you meet him. He is a character you will want to defend, want to save, from Jason Farms. Out of the two, he was my favorite. Abby is an average Christian high school kid.
This book is filled with suspense, action and humor. This tale grips the reader and keeps them until the end. It is fast paced so the reader will not get bored. The end leaves the reader satisfied, yet there is enough room for there to be a sequel. I would recommend this book to anyone from 15 and up. A tale that is masterfully weaved, action packed, and shares the message of Jesus, Jill Williamson is now on my list of favorite authors.
Abby Goyer's life has been turned upside down. Her mom died a year ago, her dad is consumed with work and his grief, and her dad's new job has transferred them from Washington D.C. to Alaska. Talk about a change of scenery. But with the change in scenery comes new secrets. Dr. Goyer's job at a place called "Jason Farms" is top secret, and when Abby discovers a young man in her room named Martyr who claims he's a clone from the Jason Farms, well, things start to get alot more interesting.
All his life, Martyr had been told by doctors that he and the other clones of the Jason Farms had one purpose to fulfill: to expire on their eighteenth birthday in order to save the people on the outside from the toxic air. But when Martyr sneaks outside to fulfill his wish of seeing the stars at least once before he dies, he discovers his life at the Jason Farms has been a lie, and his purpose may be something far different than he could have imagined.
One thing I can always count on when I read a story by Jill Williamson (Christy award-winning author of the Blood of Kings trilogy) is that I'm going to fall in love with the characters. Replication is no different. Abby is a feisty yet vulnerable heroine with very human emotions and reactions to the people and circumstances around her. But it was Martyr that I wanted to wrap up and bring home with me. He was so sweet! His child-like innocence made me smile constantly, and his strength and leadership qualities reveal the man he is rapidly becoming.
Parts of the story were hard to read because of circumstances that happen mentally and physically to some of the characters. I winced more than once. But these things show how dire the situations are and how high the stakes. The heart-pumping, fast-moving plot combined with the loveable characters make Replication a fun and thought-provoking read. I want a sequel just so I can visit with Martyr and Abby some more!