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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Quest, LLC (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937051528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937051525
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,417,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very well written story of J2 which is the 2nd book to Jemma.
mzgambler
The irony of it is, J2 was created solely for the reenactment of Jemma's criminal exploits during the L.A. Terror of 2208 as a way to celebrate the trial.
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I'd gladly read the last book of such a trilogy if Phoebe Wray should choose to write it.
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Sequel, or quasi-sequel, it's open to interpretation. While "J2" certainly has Jemma7729 in it, she only appears briefly and fleetingly, and only for the first part of "J2". The novel "J2" is really the story of J2, or Jay, as she likes to be called, and who is Jemma7729's clone. While Phoebe Wray doesn't go into any explanation this time around, in "Jemma7729" Jay's society is fully explained, the results of which are emphasized here in "J2". But for those that haven't read "Jemma7729", in Jay's world, women are regulated to the status of being altered (lobotomized) so that they can be domesticated or used for manual work, or sterilized, so that they can be non-male threatening professionals, like actors, teachers, etc. However, men run the society, and they run it ruthlessly, especially their control over women. In this future dystopia, individuals have no last names, they just have ID numbers.

"J2" is a novel that overlaps with the trial of Jemma7729, which was the ending of "Jemma7729". Jemma7729's up-coming trial is positioned to be the trial-of-the-century, and so that it can be the elaborate media spectacle that this society's enforcers wants it to be, they will elaborate Jemma7729's kangaroo court with staged, if totally inaccurate, recreations. To do this, they need actors, so the powers-at-large have decided to use quickly grown clones to represent the individuals involved that have been involved in Jemma7729's life and "crimes". What the powers-at-large don't know is that Jay is not just a quickly grown clone, but one that has been long in the making. Birthed many years ago by the brilliant Jaak5113, she has been raised quasi-clandestinely, and treated, by him as if she were his very own daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Riley on November 12, 2013
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Book Reviews:
Jemma7729 and J2
Phoebe Wray, Author

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by Mike Riley

First things first, let me say that I recommend both these books highly. They comprise one story, and should be read in order, Jemma7729 first, then J2. These would probably be categorized as "Young Adult" (YA) reading, which is good because they should be read by young adults (and older children), but maybe bad, because they could also be read by older adults with great pleasure. Here, I count myself, as I am a long, long way from being a young adult.

There are several books, and series of books, available right now that speak to our love of the "initiate hero," but cast the hero as a girl/woman where traditionally, the role was written for a boy/man. The Hunger Games series, the Behemoth series, the Divergent series, all are well-written stories about young heroes in which a teen-aged or even pre-teen innocent is plucked up by circumstance and thrust into the center of a violent, emotionally taxing, and strenuous quest on behalf of the down-trodden of society, stories in which the hero happens to be a young woman.

All these books happen to also be cast in the Fantasy / Science-Fiction genre, so it helps if that sort of story is a comfortable place for your taste, but I would recommend any of these series to someone who is looking for an heroic adventure tale featuring a plucky girl hero.

Synopsis - Jemma7729
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Jemma7729 is set in a dystopian future Earth in which she is raised in a house and family of privilege. Like most good stories of this type, the setting of Jemma7729 and J2 is a projection of growing trends and problems in our own, current world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Collins on July 28, 2013
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Both "Jemma" and "J2" contain a special kind of world-building, the world within a world. In "J2" Phoebe Wray creates a more shocking contrast between the natural, open outside world and the "domes," huge inclosed areas where the people are not only locked in physically (the "redguard") but even more effectively by false security, the result of lies and fears.
The imagery is excellent. The details and overall picture of one dome--Chicago--are terrifyingly believable.

Most impressive, important, and central to "J2"however, is the question, "What is a person?".
"What is a clone?" Wray asks her characters and us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Patrick on May 14, 2013
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You don't need to have read "Jemma 7729" to enjoy this politico-philosophico-sci-fi novel, but you'll probably lust to read the original after you lay down this follow-up. "J2" is a magnificent job of dramatic structure, an almost movie-like trip through a half-a-dozen plot-threads, each of them given equal importance and each of them gripping and crystal-clear. Both major and minor characters are made vividly alive by judicious use of detail, and you always know instantly when and where you are, and with whom, each time the story jumps back to another location. The world of "J2" is an America ruled by a ruthless but negligent tyranny, and opposed by a group of fiercely independent freethinkers who are formulating their own counter-culture even as they destroy the ruling power. The title character is, appropriately, the most marvelously realized, but all characters are alive and enthralling.
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