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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: 256 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing; 1 edition (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063401
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,527,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jemma7729 and J2
Phoebe Wray, Author

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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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This is one of the most interesting Science Fiction novels I've read in a long time. What makes Jemma7729 stand out is the strong heroine and the feminist issues Wray weaves in the story, making the reader wonder and think at its implications.

It is the late 22nd century in the United States. The government as we know it has completely collapsed. People live under huge city domes, afraid of what lies on the outside. Brainwashed by AGNA -- the State Security of the Administrative Government of North America -- they have been told to be believe that the `outside' is toxic and inside the dome is the only safe place for them. Feminism has vanished. Indeed, any type of feminist idea is violently suppressed and women are accused of the destruction of democracy and the `old regime'.

The story is told in the first person by Jemma herself, and begins when she is but a stubborn, willful young girl of seven. From the very beginning she questions her world and its laws, a behaviour that only leads to her punishment and incarceration at the tender age of ten. The event emotionally destroys her loving parents, but it's either that or death for Jemma. The few years she spends incarcerated, however, only serve to harden her more and make her more rebellious. She has high ambitions and feels she's destined for something great.

More than anything, she desires -- while overthrowing a corrupt and oppressive government -- to help her people, to make women realize that there's more for them than simply being housewives or mothers, and to enlighten the citizens about what's outside the city domes - freedom and hope for all. And the first thing she must do is escape. Will Jemma succeed?
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The story is over, and Jemma is telling her tale, and she's telling it from the beginning. She lives in a classic dystopian world, totalitarian and oppressive, patriarchical and patronizing. Men and women in this society have no last names, they are just given numbers, and they are give a limited ability to choose their future. Men must put women on a pedestal, be kind and gentle to them, and women must always obey the men, and never rebel, and they must know their place, after all, according to all of the history texts, the world was almost destroyed by the aggressive nature of women.

Jemma's story starts when she is a young lass of five when a boy teases her and she slaps him upside the head (GO GIRL!!!) and she is punished and has to apologize. Then at age seven, she has to choose what she may be for the rest of her life; mostly she has to choose to be a wife, as almost anything else would require her to be "altered" (lobotomized) to make her personality more manageable. Having no choice, she chooses to be a wife and spends the next couple of years in tutoring. This means that she has to curtail her inquisitiveness, stop her sports, and learn to conform. Eventually comes the day at age ten when she must publicly and permanently choose her path in life. Jemma decides not to make a choice and she is then sent to rehab, where she is abused, physically, mentally, and sexually, and abandoned by her parents.

Then one day she sees her chance and escapes, and here starts her life as a rebel. Eventually she finds her way into the countryside where she finds sympathetic people, and learns to strike back against the system.
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