Replication: The Jason Experiment by Jill Williamson

Published December 2011 by Zondervan
294 pages
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Genre: YA Christian Contemporary
Source: Publisher for an Honest Review
Rating: Liked It

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. (Source: Goodreads)

Abby is drug to Alaska and away from civilization as she knows it. Her dad has a new job there and it has Abby worried. He is a molecular biologist and some of his studies don’t meet with her views on religion and science. She is only barely settled into her new situation when Martyr shows up in her room. His appearance is pretty unsettling, because he looks exactly like the football player that has been following her around. She is made aware that there are 55 cloned Jasons located on Jason Farms. Jason Farms is where her dad works. What will she do about the Farm? How can she help Martyr? She is running out of time. The Farm wants him back so he can fulfill their purpose.

Once I realized that this book was going to be about scientific ethics through the lens of religion, I got a little squeamish. I don’t really like to read books rooted in religion. My reason being there are so many views regarding every single aspect of a religion. I would just rather not go there. But I was able to really enjoy this book regardless.

Abby is a smart and driven character that fiercely believes her values. She will not sit idly by, but tries to right the wrongs. Even though mine and Abby’s views on stem cell research may not exactly align, there is no wavering that what the Farm is doing is wrong. So it is easy to follow her on her quest to expose Jason Farms and help the boys there.

It is an action packed book of detective work and danger, science and religion. At what point is science trying to play God?

9 responses to “Replication: The Jason Experiment by Jill Williamson

  1. It does sound like an interesting read. I generally stay away from Christian books because sometimes they try to hard to get the message across instead of tell a story. This doesn’t seem to be the case with this one!

  2. Yeah, I get squeamish about science and religion, too. I’m glad you were able to enjoy this one regardless. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it definitely seems different.

  3. I think the religious aspect is exactly what I think would make it an interesting read. It certainly sounds like it brings up LOTS of Qs!

    • er, that was a terrible, terrible sentence. LOL.

    • You like the hard issues. I guess because my role as a teacher…passing no religious judgement & trying to moderate extreme issues…it makes me squeamish.

      • I’m a social worker! I have to remain non-judgmental and non-biased and objective when working with clients. But I obviously have strong beliefs and opinions or I wouldn’t have such passion for helping others. At least, this is what I keep telling myself. LOL

      • You make me laugh. Sorry. I didn’t mean to make it sound like you could biased & opinionated ;)

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