One of the things that defines a person is uniqueness, and Jill Williamson reveals this in a startling new way in her science fiction novel Replication. J:3:3, nicknamed Martyr, is one of dozens of identical boys who live more like prisoners than teenagers in an underground bunker. Told they’re serving humanity by being sacrificed for an antidote to the world’s toxicity, they live to give themselves up on their eighteenth birthdays. Martyr’s ready to do this, but he has one wish first: to see the sky. This longing leads him on an adventure he never could have dreamed of.
Abby Goyer’s life, though more normal, is no less difficult. Since her mother’s death, she and her dad have been at odds about issues of science and faith. When her dad moves to Alaska for a job, Abby struggles to fit in and finds herself the object of heartthrob—and jerk—JD Kane’s attention. But there is more to JD than anyone knows.
Williamson superbly captures the themes of individuality, purpose, life value, and the true meaning of love as defined in I Corinthians 13. Martyr discovers the difference between what his human creator planned him for and what his Creator really intended for him. Abby shows her dad the authenticity of her faith and finds someone whose innocent love is the polar opposite of JD’s yearnings.
Replication takes a few chapters to provide all the backstory, and besides the heavy flow of information, this first section moves slowly. Keep reading. Once Martyr and Abby decide what they have to do, the action is gripping and nonstop. The plot mirrors the 2005 Ewan McGregor film The Island, but Williamson makes her version more kid-friendly and throws in a few different twists. Readers can get distracted by aspects of normal life Martyr doesn’t understand, but this ignorance can also be humorous.
Because of a few scenes in Replication, I suggest parents preview it for kids younger than 12 years old. Williamson never describes mature content, but she alludes to it. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book. Guys and girls who enjoy science fiction, romance, or just an action-filled story will devour it. – Alexandra Mellen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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.