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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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,814,302 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NCBetty on November 4, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2012
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In 2008 I had the pleasure of reviewing JEMMA7729 , by Phoebe Wray. Now, four years later, the author has finally come out with the much-awaited sequel, J2.

J2 begins with immediate action at the trial upon which Jemma, who was captured and arrested at the end of Book 1 after rebelling against the oppressive Administrative Government of North America (AGNA), now faces the gallows. In what people are calling "The Trial of the Century," Jemma is pushed on stage in front of an audience to face the shock of her life: her own clone-a younger, smarter and just as gorgeous copy of herself. Needless to say, everybody is in shock, as no one ever expected Jemma to have a clone.

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. In other words, J2 was created for entertainment purposes only. But in a twist of fate the situation goes havoc when J2 refuses to reenact something she believes to be untrue. She also discovers why Jemma had become a rebel-or "Mover"-and a saboteur: Jemma had blown up chemical labs where they made ingredients to alter people; she'd been trying to stop the government from altering people's brains.

AGNA's policy was unequivocal: "People who are dangerous to themselves and to others, malcontents, idiots, women who refuse to take their proper place in society, and social misfits, are altered for the greater good."

In Wray's fictional world, every respectful citizen has to stay trapped under the domes of the city because AGNA preaches that the countryside is toxic from the chemicals of endless wars and filled with mutants and deformed. Yet, this is a lie. The countryside, where the rebel Movers reside, is free and safe and beautiful.
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