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J2 Paperback – October 17, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
Jemma7729 and J2
Phoebe Wray, Author
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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author has done a great job of putting solid characters with a fast moving storyline. This is the second time that I read this book and I still like it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dave Reynolds
Both "Jemma" and "J2" contain a special kind of world-building, the world within a world. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Helen Collins
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. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Robert Patrick
Very well written story of J2 which is the 2nd book to Jemma. Both worth reading to get a glimpse into the future of what could happen to Earth. Just think... Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by mzgambler
While t his continues the story of Jemma don't expect her to be in it. Okay, freaked me out, too. Odd premise for a sequel but it was intriguing so I couldn't wait to read it. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by avidreader
i liked the main character's development arc i thought it was well paced and nuanced. I will definitely look for more in this seriesPublished on March 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Good story line, well written science . Could be direction of our future, interesting direction of thought.enjoyed the read and concept of the story.Published on February 10, 2013 by PaulA48
There is nothing better than a great book, unless it is a great book with a wonderful sequel. This book continues the story of Jemma7729, with the post-modern decaying, autocratic... Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Leslie Chapman