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Pheobe Wray is a director, actress, and playwright and has starred in the Off-Off-Broadway Movement in New York City. She was the voice of the Tree Dragon and the Twell Tribe on the PlayStation 2 game "Darkling Skye."
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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: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

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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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For those who enjoyed Phoebe Wray's debut sci-fi novel, Jemma 7729, as much as I did, the projected sequel J2 was eagerly anticipated. And for this reader at least, J2 does not disappoint.

This book J2 is named after its protagonist, the clone of Jemma, who is present at Jemma's show trial and escapes after a riot breaks out in the court room. The novel, like its predecessor, is set in North America 200 years from now, when the population lives in domed cities, each surrounded by a torus of farmland and connected with the others by high speed rail. Much of the countryside has been officially abandoned. Supposedly it's been rendered uninhabitable by toxic and radioactive waste, the refuse of a destructive civil war, but that's just another government lie.

The Constitution had been scrapped. Each dome is governed by a regional director appointed by and responsible to the dictatorial president, who is based in Los Angeles. The all powerful Fed Guards have replaced the police and function as army and Gestapo as well.

The underlying principal of the regime is a strict patriarchy. The whole system is directed at keeping the inferior females in their place. But why? There was a civil war in which women played an important part, but lost. The entire female gender was blamed for it, and the result is AGNA (the Administrative Government of North America). It also includes Canada and Mexico, but only the resistence movement recognizes the right of those two former countries to regain their independence.

J2 is the only name Jemma's clone has, though some call her Jay for short. She escapes from the Chicago dome and makes her way into the forbidden interior. There she links up with the leaders of the resistance known as the Movers, introduced in the first book.
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