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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