Replication: The Jason Experiment (Hardback)
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Short Description for Replication Abby Goyer is forced to move to rural Alaska when her father unexpectedly takes a job in a remote laboratory called Jason Farms. Suspicious of her father's decisions, she investigates and finds more than what she was looking for when a strange boy shows up at her door. Martyr, one of hundreds of identical clones, escaped from the underground lab at the farm with one wish: to see the sky before he
- Published: 03 January 2012
- Format: Hardback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780310727583 ISBN 10: 0310727588
- Sales rank: 381,379
Reviews for Replication
A fresh view at cloning and God
Unique. In one word, that's Replication by Jill Williamson.
I've never heard of a novel on cloning that is as much about God and his faith too. This novel is easy to read and read ... and read. It's Young Adult, so the writing is highly understandable. I think this combined with the novel idea of combining the themes and plot in Replication is what makes it so different.
On voice: Replication has two protagonists telling the story in third person.
Martyr is a voice I'll remember long after I read my next book and the next few. For almost eighteen years he's been cut off from the society we know. Simple things like colours, cell phones and the weather forecast are foreign concepts and ideas to him. It's so fascinating to hear of how he sees the world. The idea of hearing common things explained as if this planet were Mars is a standout feature.
On the other protagonist's voice, Abby, it's a little more disappointing. Maybe because she is 'normal' - A.K.A. she's lived her life among society - there isn't too much about her voice that stands out next to Martyr. The way I can best explain it is Martyr is Peeta in his flaming suit during The Ceremony before the Hunger Games and Abby is a scrawny twelve-year-old among other scrawny twelve-year-olds waiting to be picked out of the glass bowl of names.
Despite my above criticism and more below, I think you should read this book. It's fresh and different.
There were things that irked me. One was the "preachy" aspect in which the God/faith storyline was threaded into the novel. Abby is a practicing Catholic - her dad isn't. It's typical in that sense where it's two opposites fighting against each other. I won't spoil the ending but you may have already guessed which side will win.
Jill Williamson preached about God at times. At the risk of causing controversy, Abby seemed to manipulate Martyr. The poor boy had never heard of God before and she introduced God to him as the idea he DID create everything. She never mentioned that there are possibly hundreds of other religions out there; however, she did say people are entitled to believe what they want. She did imply, though, that the Catholic God is the Creator of Everything.
As a Catholic, I found it manipulative to make Martyr believe one option when he never got to know there were others.
Also, it irks me when police are made out to be incompetent. Sadly, this was another pitfall of the novel. I'm Australian, so the police, in my eyes, were portrayed as incompetent American protectors of the law. Now, I don't know all police rules and regulations that officers in Australia or the US need to abide by but I know they are more intuitive and - let's just say it - 'worldly' smarter than most of us. This was not the case in Replication.
Overall, I think you should try this book. I admire authors who can produce such a standout story after so many millions of books have been published, and Martyr is one of the strongest voices you'll read.
Recommend despite some minor pitfalls. by Rebecca Berto