Blurb: What if everything you knew was a lie? 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.
Replication: The Jason Experiment is the second book I have read by Jill Williamson and it confirmed for me that she is one of those authors I will read automatically.
For a book with such heavy topics, it handled everything with a light touch, keeping matters in the upper MG/lower YA range. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book – I may have read it in entirely one sitting – though there was also plenty of humor to keep it from getting too overwhelming. It was one of those books where I had to cheat (Yes, I did! I’m horrible!) and read the last page, because I was so anxious for the characters.
If I had any complaint about the book, it was that the ending was a little too fast and neat and the entire story was a tad simplistic. But that’s what makes it an MG/YA book, not one aimed at adults. If there is a sequel, I hope it explores Martyr’s faith as he matures since it was innocent as a small child’s (he needs to make his faith his own) and also the nuance of his relationship with Abby as he gets to know other girls and realizes he has choices, not just one option.
Do you ever cheat when reading?
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