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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Replication, by Jill Williamson

When Your Life Is Not Your Own

Martyr-otherwise known as Jason 3:3-is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to "expire" in less than a month. To see the sky.

Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars.

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.

Wow. Can I just say, "wow?" No, I suppose I need to say more than that. Williamson has managed to bring Christian YA fiction in to a perfect harmony with one of the more controversial speculative fiction concerns of our world.

Replication is about clones and cloning. It's not merely about the legal and ethical issues of cloning itself. Instead, Williamson takes on the challenge of a clone's inner struggle once he exists. Whether or not he has rights isn't the issue; it's whether or not he is a child of God. 

Martyr is definitely a hero, though a selfless one as his name would suggest. He's an unlikely one, but somehow that makes him all the better.  His humanness, and the struggle to determine just what that means is beautifully described and not too unlike what any teenager goes through.

It is Christian YA fiction, and it doesn't disappoint in making sure that you know that. But, it's not "preachy" and not so overdone as to turn off the average reader who doesn't usually grab Christian fiction.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Zondervan through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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