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Replication: The Jason Experiment Paperback – March 12, 2013
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"Teens who enjoy fast-paced books with Christian overtones,à la Ted Dekker, may be eager to take on this wild ride of a story." -Diane Colson,Voice of Youth Advocates
"What are the criteria thatdetermine humanity? Do scientists have the right to use their expertise andresources to benefit themselves at the expense of their subjects? And whochooses an individual's path in life? These questions are at the center ofWilliamson's book. While 'Replication' is aimed at a teen audience, adults willfind the story engaging and thought-provoking as well." -Renee Struthers-Hogge,East Oregonian
"In Martyr, Williamson creates a standout character. Hiscomplete innocence, perfect sincerity and humorous misunderstandings of themodern world easily endear him to readers. ... Martyr's final action givesreaders an uplifting and important lesson." -Kirkus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'The mesmerizing depth of character Williamson's readers have come to expect is woven deftly into Replication, with extra layers of gripping suspense and twisting mystery. I did not intend to stay up reading this book until the early morning hours, but that was the result.' J.R. Parker Author of Kestrel's Midnight Song -- J.R. Parker, Author
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Jill Williams challenges her reader to think in the arena of what if. What if a human was cloned? What if that clone questioned everything about his "life" and his conclusions brought him to a divine Creator? Could he have a soul? Is he a creation of man or the divine Creator? Is it not true that everything we know or will know is God's and if that is the case, isn't it logical to think it is possible that if God wanted to, He could grant a soul?
I really enjoyed stepping into what if with Jill Williamson. She had a smart and well thought out plot that kept me pressing the next page tab on my kindle. The only issue I had was with character believability of Martyr, but that could be a personal thing in how I view teen boys. I didn't believe that he wouldn't know lust or arousal. And with his questioning nature, I didn't believe that he wouldn't be curious about the changes that happen in boys during teen years. Beyond that, he was a very likable character.
I would recommend this book without reservation and have already handed it to my 11 year old son to read.
Abby is a bright student uprooted from the East Coast to Alaska for her father's new job. Immediately, the bookish outsider Abby is pursued by the school's star athlete, J.D.. However, his behavior makes Abby wary. She becomes even more confused when she finds a scared boy in her house that bears a striking resemblance to her classmate who goes by the name of Martyr. Abby quizzes both Martyr and J.D. and figures out that her dad's job may be more than biological research. When the director of the laboratory searches for his escaped clone, Abby, Martyr, and J.D.'s lives are at risk.
Along with unraveling the mystery and the suspense of Martyr's future (he's scheduled for expiration) are moments of great humor as Martyr learns about the outside world. The ethics of cloning are woven through the story as are Abby and her father's approach to her mother's death. Abby, like her mother, seeks solace in God while her father pursues science and medicine.
It's true, in today's world, pretty much every idea has been written. This, however, can truly be called fresh! Even the reviews had me intrigued, because I was very interested to see how the author would weave in the various angles of the story. I must say, it lived up to all my expectations. I found the characters real and believable, and I immediately was invested in them. Especially Martyr. If I had to vote on what Williamson did most successfully, it was to perfectly capture the complete innocence of this unique character. Maybe it was the way he was compelled to care for the "broken" boys, or maybe it was his childlike simplicity, but I was routing for him right out of the gate.
If I had to vote on other successes, I'd say the way that Daughter Abby reacts to Martyr is right up there. I can't even count how many times I've read a story where something surprising happens, and the story then spends several pages (or chapters) while the character(s) figure out what's really going on. This author manages to give Abby a very real, normal and believable response, without needing to explain it. Basically, Abby is smart enough to figure it out quickly, which I totally loved. Thank you Jill, for being brave enough to make Abby smart!!! :) No hand-holding the reader, no chapters and chapters of "when will she figure this out?!?" frustration. And the plot doesn't suffer at all from it. Just the opposite. It makes it work.
Now tie into this the aspect of Abby's spirituality, her struggle with how to deal with different challenges while adhering to what she thinks is right, and even the places where she fails, and the result is very real, honest, and sweetly endearing. If you enjoy suspense, this book carries a healthy dose. If you want a strong heroine, Daughter Abby fits the bill. If you want to be invested, look out. This book will make you want to go out and adopt a Jason of your own.
I loved everything about this book. It's going to resonate with me for a long time. I can't wait to see what else Williamson writes!