Replication makes cloning sound real. Riveting characters grabbed me from the start and never let me go with romance, suspense, and exotic settings. Even the bad guys felt real. I will absolutely read another Williamson title.
The faith aspect of the story was organic and flowed naturally from the characters. Regardless of one's religious beliefs, Replication stands on its own.
This book just might have turned me into a sci-fi fan. The story definitely turned me into a Jill Williamson fan.
First, the story. I felt sucked into the plot from the first chapter as I quickly realized Martyr was unlike any hero from any book I'd ever read. Reading this book was like riding a rollercoaster. Underground. In the dark.
I had no idea where the next page, paragraph, word might take me. Replication is masterfully done, with enough suspense to keep me up past bedtime and enough sweetness to make me smile and laugh along with the characters.
I mentioned Martyr is unique. Perhaps my favorite element in this book is the characterization the author poured into her characters. Martyr's and Abby's voices are soooo different and I loved that.
Also, it was hilarious seeing contemporary teenagerdom through Martyr's eyes. The first time he eats M&M's and pizza, the first time he uses a seatbelt, and the first time he watches television all made me shake my head in wonder. It was like seeing my reality through the eyes of someone from another era -- or another planet. Fascinating.
This book delves into an interesting topic -- human cloning, yet the Abby's strong beliefs and Martyr's new faith make it clear that only God can create and give us purpose.
What I Didn't Love as Much
I sat here for a minute, staring at the cover of the book, trying to think of something I didn't like about Replication. Let's see...okay, I've got something (sort of). It ended without totally wrapping up.
...which I hope means that Marytr's and Abby's and the other Jasons' stories aren't over yet.
About the Author
Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. Visit Jill at http://www.jillwilliamson.com/.