Monday, January 30, 2012

Replication - TNT Blog Tour

Replication, Jill Williamson, Zonderkidz, Science Fiction, December 27, 2011, 304 pages.

Synopsis: When Your Life Is Not Your Own 

Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky. Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars. As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.

My thoughts: A few words that describe this book are: enjoyable, under-developed, simple, and possibly frustrating. I'll explain each of these in reverse order. Replication was slightly frustrating because it didn't go far enough with the Gospel. Maybe I feel that way because of the state of current Christian fiction. I'd like to see more, though. Secondly, it was simple. Martyr's simplicity made for an interesting distraction from the scenery of Fishhook, Alaska, but sometimes ended in slightly corny humor. Third, it seemed under-developed. The writing was not as good as I had expected, having read her By Darkness Hid. Neither the characters or the situation seemed very real. Now for the last word, a positive one: Enjoyable. The key component that made the book somewhat enjoyable was Martyr himself. I enjoyed his character, and was always interested in what he had to say. The other characters seemed a bit boring. Maybe it's just me.

This book was provided free by the author, in conjunction with Team Novel Teen. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating: 3 stars

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  1. Thanks for reviewing the book, Noah! I'm sorry you found it a disappointment. Maybe next time.

  2. Replication is the first book I've read by Jill Williamson and I really enjoyed reading it!

    Here is the link to my review:

  3. Noah, I really enjoyed reading about Martyr, too. His perspective was so fresh and his voice really came across as genuine. I liked that. :)

  4. I am really looking forward to reading 'Replication' myself. And I am really looking forward to your upcoming reviews, Noah. I hope you have a very blessed week! =)

  5. Sorry to hear that it frustrated you. I don't read much in this genre, so I can't say much about the other Christian fantasy out there. But glad that you found it enjoyable, in the end. :-)