Monday, January 30, 2012

Novel Teen Blog Tour: Book Review of "Replication: The Jason Experiment" by Jill Williamson

Replication: The Jason Experiment

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!

Read a character interview with Abby here.

Read a character interview with Martyr here.

Genre: Youth/Science Fiction/Christian
Ages: 14 and up
Pages: 286
Publication Date: December 2011

* I want to thank the publisher and author for sending me an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book for an honest review.

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  1. Great to read your thoughts on Replication!

    Here is the link to my review:

  2. Jessica,
    Thanks for the review! I liked Martyr too. I wish he was in my youth group.

  3. Thanks, Melanie! :)

    No problem, Jill! I would become friends with Martyr any day. He's so much fun!

  4. I loved Martyr as well. He was just so sweet. I laughed out loud a few times and you are so right, he is becoming a wonderful man. Great review by the way. Keep it up.

  5. I started to type, read Rachel's comment, and laughed, because she said everything I wanted to say! :) I loved how this book made me laugh out loud (that's a sign of a rare gem!)

  6. Jill did an amazing job making the characters real to me--making me fall completely for the both of them. I was so sad to leave Martyr and Abby at the end!

  7. Those character interviews were so cool!

    Great review! :D

  8. Character interviews! What a fun idea. I like how you used both Martyr and Abby's favorite colors - red and purple!

  9. Rachel and Rachelle: I laughed out loud several times as well! I agree, Rachelle, that's the sign of a good book: when it makes you feel and react.

    Katie: Yeah, Jill always writes the best characters. My favorite kind of book is when the characters are so real and I fall in love with them. :-)

    Christian: Thanks! It was really fun to read Martyr and Abby's answers when they wrote me back. ;)

    Gillian: Yay! I was hoping someone would notice I used their favorite colors! lol

  10. Really great review. I enjoyed the book as well and hope there will be another book. Just to awesome to leve it at one.

  11. Thanks! And I agree. A sequel would be great!