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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Thought-Provoking Suspense

    Replication is a fast, absorbing read. It poses the question, “What if unscrupulous scientists have already been secretly cloning human beings to be used as organ donors and drug testers?”

    The two main characters are Jason 3:3 or “Martyr,” one of the 56 clones, and Abby Goyer, whose widowed father has just been hired by the secret clone lab. They meet when Martyr escapes the underground lab/habitat a couple of days before his planned “expiration” because he wants to see the sky.

    Martyr (later shortened to Marty) is a smart, caring kid who has been sheltered from just about everything during his years in the underground clone habitat. He is naïve and pure and trusting. He finds himself thrust into a world he knows nothing about, while on the run for his life. Abby tries to help him while keeping it a secret from her father and trying to evade Marty’s lookalike, JD Kane, who pursues her relentlessly at school.

    Marty’s predicament causes several characters to examine their own moral choices and it also challenges and deepens Abby’s faith. Both main characters are likeable, but Marty’s trusting simplicity won me over. The pace of the story is fast and the suspense almost continuous, with a few little comic relief moments. There is ongoing tension between Abby and her father, who has taken a job that he knows is unethical, but seems too spineless to do anything about it.

    There was one thing about the story that bothered me a lot. There is no explanation given for how Dr. Kane managed to build a huge underground lab complex without anyone in the nearby small town catching on. My logical mind tells me that a construction project that size would be the talk of the town—but no one knows anything about it. If you are willing to suspend disbelief on that one issue, the book is a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    A very interesting read

    This is Christian fiction, so those strongly opposed to religious novels may want to stay clear of this story. However, it’s a really interesting premise with some great morals and, even though I really hate preachy novels, I thought this was a good read overall. While it’s true that the religious aspect does come on quite strong in some parts, including the quoting and deciphering of scripture, in retrospect, it flows rather nicely with the story as Martyr, a clone set to expire, has never thought of a Creator at all. In every society, there is some type of higher being that is worshipped, and if not worshipped, the people of the society at least have heard of a higher being, but Martyr has never thought about it, nor has anyone ever brought it up to him. Thus, watching Martyr’s reaction to Abby’s assertion that Martyr does indeed have a higher purpose in life and that God loves him was actually really interesting. Of course, like a toddler, Martyr latches on to anything new—he’s never had a chance to see or experience anything outside the farm, and so it’s debatable as to whether or not Martyr really believes or is just in awe of this newfound Being, but that’s a debate for another time. Regardless, this novel tackles some very interesting topics that YA doesn’t usually pursue, making it entirely unique in its own right.

    Religion aside, though, Williamson does a great job fleshing out her characters and her storyline. I loved that Abby is a very strong female lead, a Christian, and yet a flawed individual. Williamson does not make her out to be “holier than thou,” and Abby succumbs to the same temptations, thoughts, and actions that the rest of us do, which, ultimately, makes her human as a very likable character. Martyr, of course, is very interesting in his own right, taking care of others and ultimately becoming a leader for his brethren, all who look like him and were cloned of the same doctor in order to find cures for diseases, including the doctor’s own disease, Lupus. J.D. was not my favorite, but he was incredibly real. As a teacher of high school, I see students like him all the time, and the fact that all these characters emulate real behaviors made them all the more real to me. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and recommend it to those not opposed to a little overbearing religious talk here and there.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    Replication is Superlative Read

    Replication makes cloning sound real. Riveting characters grabbed me from the start and never let me go with romance, suspense, and exotic settings. Even the bad guys felt real. I will absolutely read another Williamson title.

    The faith aspect of the story was organic and flowed naturally from the characters. Regardless of one¿s religious beliefs, Replication stands on its own.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011


    This book is AMAZING! I was already a huge Jill Williamson fan from her previous books (¿The Blood of Kings Trilogy¿, which I also highly recommend) and I simply could NOT wait to get my hands on this book! It does not disappoint.

    When Abby Goyer's father is hired as a scientist at a highly secretive lab, her curiosity kicks into high gear and she goes sleuthing. Abby discovers (with the help of Martyr, a bald, seventeen year old boy whom Abby found in her bedroom and seems to know nothing of the world) that the head scientist of this lab has successfully created functional clones for an evil purpose. She knows she needs to do something, but what? As more and more comes into the light, both Abby and Martyr know that it won't be long until it all explodes and the world changes forever.

    This book is a clean fiction novel for teens, but anyone of any age could read this and truly enjoy it. I HIGHLY recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    I absolutely loved Replication! It was really weird in the begi

    I absolutely loved Replication!

    It was really weird in the beginning and I was unsure how I would like the overall book, but it was filled with such a wonderful message that I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Seeing Martyr come from Jason Farms and having never seen the upper world it was amazing to see how entranced he was with everything. It really humbled me to change my perspective of the world because God created all these wonderful colors for us, but yet some days we hardly notice it. We don't fully appreciate it like Martyr did, but after reading this I want that to change!

    The book really challenged me in being grateful for all the beautiful things that surround us as well as the uniqueness that each person has! Also the book challenged me in that not only has God given me a purpose that He has revealed to me, but He can reveal everyone's purpose through His Word (Martyr gives a fine example of this at the end)! I was so amazed at how Martyr took God's Word straight to his heart and applied it with Dr. Kane! I was brought to shame like Abby was concerning that we can know all the Scriptures, but yet forget to apply them to our life.

    One of the funniest parts about this book is the innocent questions that Martyr has concerning marriage, pregnancy, and love in general! It was so cute to see the way he approached Abby and the youth pastor about love! The ending was definitely perfect and made me smile!

    Overall I was really surprised how I liked this novel! Jill did such a wonderful job with this story and gave such a powerful underlining message of appreciating God's creation around us! Not only that but she was so awesome in flat out preaching the message of Christ and how we get saved!

    Well done Jill!

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

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    This book was great. I could not stop thinking about the charact

    This book was great. I could not stop thinking about the characters throughout the day when I was not reading. Just the lives these people live is mind boggling. This book could certainly be enjoyed by people of all ages. It made me laugh and got my adrenaline pumping. It also tore at my heart with what Martyr goes through. I just wish it was part of a series.

    The only reason I do not give it 5 stars is because their are a few minor holes in the science and reasoning of the scientists. Still, they did not take from the story, simply made me aware that this was not real.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    So, what happens when an author noted for her fantasy novels att

    So, what happens when an author noted for her fantasy novels attempts to cross into the realm of science fiction?
    In the case of “Replication,” what happens is a fairly solid story. I thought the premise was great, and different enough from other tales with similar premises—the film “The Island,” for instance—that it felt unique. Worthy of telling.
    The characters of Marty and Abby were well drawn, and for me kept the page turning. I wanted to know what would happen to them. (Tis a strength in Jill’s other books too—great main characters.) There were a few of the side characters that seemed to disappear in the end, but that didn’t hinder the story as a whole. I also wondered whether one of the main characters’ decisions was in character or not. But given the truly foreign nature of the situations, who really knows?
    The dialog was good, and the spiritual aspect added a new flavor to the clone discussion. It raises some seriously interesting questions. Can we say that a clone was created by God, even though he is born in an unusual way? I really liked Marty’s viewpoint. It felt genuine to me. I almost wish the author had gone even further, explored more of the questions this issue raises. Interesting stuff. Perhaps in a sequel?
    Replication is a solid and compelling young adult novel that older readers will find enjoyable, as well. I recommend it.

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    Posted December 6, 2012


    I read it in two days.... couldnt put it down. This is great read!

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    do clones have souls?

    This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley Replication had two story lines. The first centered around Abbey, a gal who’s moved into a new school from DC to AK after her father landed a new job. I have to say, I wasn’t at all impressed with this portion of the novel. Abbey came off as snobby and a goody-goody. I’m not quite sure what her problem was. I will say her attitude did nothing for the storyline. When she wasn’t snubbing those she’d labeled beneath her, she spent the rest of her time reading. Now I’m all for reading… I’m a big reader myself. But I don’t want to read about someone else reading. I want to read about people doing interesting things. So looking through my notes, I didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about Abbey. In truth, Abbey had quite a lot of potential for growth. Unfortunately, her growth came as a verbal proclamation rather than showing she truly changed. The second storyline was related to the Jason Experiment with Martyr being one of the Jasons. I very much enjoyed this portion of the book. The only gripe I had was Martyr seemed a little too perfect. He was altruistic to a flaw. Still, I kept coming back to the story to read what would happen next to him. I would love to read follow up stories to the Jason Experiment… see how Jason 3:3 faired as well as the other clones. Even though the clones seemed to be two dimensional characters (for instance 3:3′s altruism), they were a fascinating bunch. This novel also had a Christian undertone. If God made humans with souls, did clones (made by man) have souls also? Hmm… Overall, this was a great novel. I truly cared about some of the characters. And like I said, I would love to learn more about their lives. 4/5 star read for me.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

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    I enjoyed Replication: The Jason Experiment a lot more than I wa

    I enjoyed Replication: The Jason Experiment a lot more than I was expecting. I was pulled into the mystery and the what if this really was happening. It makes you start thinking about that. I like all the characters and would love to read a follow-up book to this one. I will be checking out other books by Jill Williamson. Good book

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Don't you just love it when you start a book and absolutely MUST

    Don't you just love it when you start a book and absolutely MUST keep going back to it, even when you have other things to do? If so, add Replication to your reading list! Within these pages, author Jill Williamson takes an out-of-this-world premise for a story and plants it into the life of a totally believable 17-year-old girl. The result is an incredible tale that mingles sci-fi with real life in a such a way that you can actually believe these events happening and stunning the world when they hit the headlines. Novels come and go; you'll read many that you'll forget. But I suspect you'll never forget about Jason Farms and what grows there! An adventure that's definitely worth your time.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

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    I don't even know how to start writing this review, because Repl

    I don't even know how to start writing this review, because Replication was breath taking. At first, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I didn't quiet understand the synopsis, and I had no idea what it was talking about. I just started it, and it definitely welcomed me with many surprises. Jill Williamson created an amazing story that is about 1 of the 55 clones whose name is Martyr. All the clones have the same face, and are being fooled by the doctor's, thinking that their purpose in life is to protect the humans from a toxic. They all think they die at the age of 18, and are all prisoned in an underground lab that no one knows about. Just tell me, how can someone think of something as twisted and awesome as this?

    At first, I thought the story might be a bit suffocating, but I'm glad Jill also included the other main protagonist, Abby Goyer. Abby Goyer is a normal teenage girl, who suddenly has to move to Alaska with her father for his new job. While she think that he's working in a normal lab, her father gets his nose into some unethical business, which is the Jason Farms where the clones are located. The story starts to get really interesting when Martyr decides to get out of the farm, just to see the sky before he dies.
    The characters are all very well described, and I just loved how Martyr's and Abby's relationship developed. Martyr's character felt very realistic to me. He was this innocent 17 year old boy who questioned everything he saw, which made me squeal at his adorable questions sometimes. The story kept me turning pages, and it was filled with intensity. Definitely a book I would recommend to everyone out there!

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Some, including myself, would like to pretend that cloning is ju

    Some, including myself, would like to pretend that cloning is just an idea thought up in science fiction to show the pros and cons of man playing God. The idea of cloning a human being is no longer a matter of how it can be done, but when. Replication explores the desire of man to create a carbon copy of himself, but what develops from there is beyond his understanding. Martyr is just another clone, a Jason 3:3 living at a secret lab known only as Jason’s Farm, and he’s about to expire. Though he cowers to the abusive discipline readily given, it doesn’t stop him from knowing right and wrong and trying to protect those of the Jason’s (fellow clones) that are weaker than he. Martyr hungers for knowledge which keeps his curiosity ever reaching for the next experience, so much so that his desire to see the sky before he dies causes him to throw caution to the side and risk everything. He discovers a world that isn’t dying, but very much a live, full of color and nothing like he was told.

    Martyr finds an ally in the strangest of places, a daughter of one of the scientists that works at the Farm. At first Abby Goyer doesn’t believe Martyr to be who he says he is, because he looks exactly like a hormone crazed boy from school with his own connections to the Farm. She quickly puts the pieces together and finds herself fighting for a cause--to take down the Farm and bring the scientists behind the cloning to justice. Her strength lies in her faith in God, knowing right and wrong. She feels more in control looking at life in black and white--pros and cons. Abby is surprised to meet a clone who not only has a mind of his own, but is curious to know more about the God. Can something that is synthetically made have a soul…a desire to seek God’s love and accept his salvation. Can a clone be saved?

    The amazing twist to this story is that no matter how life begins, free will and a desire for something more is always possible. Martyr discovers a strength he never new existed and Abby finds her world could use a little more gray area. She starts out to save Martyr from a fate worse than death only to learn something she didn’t realize was lacking from her life…Mercy.

    Replication is a great new twist on an old idea. Just when you think they get away, they are caught, and just when you think there’s no hope, something happens to tip the scale. You have no idea how it will end until it finally does.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    Fabulous. If there's one word to describe Replication, "fab

    Fabulous. If there's one word to describe Replication, "fabulous" it would be. The story line, plot development, and characters were all fab. There wasn't a thing I didn't like about this book or found wanting. As a matter of fact, I've read and reread it three times! As I can't always find the time to reread due to my reading pile, this should go a long way to tell how much I liked Replication.

    I was instantly drawn to the characters. I liked the way the point of views of Abby, Marty, and Dr. Goyer are given as I was able to read the thoughts of these three characters who play a prominent role throughout the novel. You can't help but like them, even Dr. Goyer. Although he doesn't have a clear record, you can know that he is kind and trying his best to do good even though his methods aren't always right.

    Abby has a courageous personality. She wants to do what is right and her tenacity usually gives her success. Marty is my favorite character. He has this sweet innocence when he acts and talks. Sometimes, he might appear as vulnerable due to his former living conditions and exposure to the world, but he is really an intelligent guy with an ability to learn quickly.

    The climax wasn't all hair-raising action, but the intrigue in it was enough to keep me captivated. I wondered many times if anyone would escape unscathed or not. I thought that the book ended too soon after the climax. I really hope there is a sequel to Replication because I want to read more about Abby and Marty! Good character development always gives a book its edge, and the development of the Abby and Marty characters were pretty good.

    Reading Replication reminded me of the time, years ago, when I watched a movie about clones. The movie had portrayed clones as scary beings with unnaturally white skin tone and open eyes in incubators. I like the different message that Replication carries about clones. It is not right to own a clone and clones (if they exist, which I strongly doubt in case you're wondering) are humans, too. Cloning is not ethically nor morally right. Embracing your purpose in life is also a predominant theme in the story. Of course, all these values and teachings are based on the Bible and it's great to read a book reinforcing them.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Fast paced and surprisingly tender

    I had never read a book about cloning and had no idea what to expect, but I love Jill Williamson's fantasy series and was eager to read this. I expected it to be full of adventure - which it was - but I was caught off guard by the sweetness of the story. I really loved Martyr's world view. His character tugged my heart strings. Abby is a wonderful heroine, feisty and tough, but also big hearted. I loved how she cared for Martyr. I finished this book satisfied, but the characters have stuck with me and I can't help hoping for a sequel.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    “Life isn’t how many days I live, but how I live the

    “Life isn’t how many days I live, but how I live the days I have”

    “Listen, Dad, you spent your marriage trying to find a cure for Mom and you missed out on what little life she had. You took her joy, Dad, and yours, trying to save her”--- “Now you work for more people with that same philosophy. They want to take the lives of others because of their fear. They don’t understand, so they try to find a way to control things. But God will always get His way. No scientist can change that. The only way to really live is to give up fear and trust God.”

    This is one excerpt that made me pause and realize life deeper.

    Replication is a book about human cloning and how inhuman it could be. Giving life to someone just to kill them someday for other’s benefit is strictly not a good thing.

    When I was younger :), I heard about animal cloning and the sheep clone Dolly. At that time, I heard too about the issue of human cloning, and I was in favor of it. But after reading this book, I realize that life could only be given and taken by God. No man should try to control it. I realize that even though, let’s just say human cloning exist, clones breath, they have lives and so, they’re not as far to being human no matter what reasoning any scientist could give.

    Jill Williamson weaved another wonderful story of a clone- Martyr/J:3:3, who found out, what his purpose really is. What God’s purpose for him is. It’s a journey and an adventure to grow closer to God and to help his fellow clones escape the fate the scientists thrust into them.

    I was grip right from the beginning until the very end. Sci-fi this might be, but I didn’t feel the heavy terms of science this kind of book usually has. Replication is very understandable and engaging. There’s no boring part of the book, every turn of the page, something unexpected happens.

    The best part I love in this book, are the subtle inspiring messages about love, life and God. I also love all of the characters, whether villain or not. Williamson has this technique of turning a supposedly evil man into someone a reader could sympathize. And of course, the main characters are lovable and have their own unique personalities.

    Replication is a book I’d give up a night of sleep for. I laugh, cried and feel for the characters all throughout the end. A real page-turner, this action-packed book would leave you breathless and blessed!

    I’m not so into sci-fi books but REPLICATION is another one of this genre that made me love sci-fi more..:) Very Highly Recommended!

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    I have to say, I loved this book. The characters were all remark

    I have to say, I loved this book. The characters were all remarkably well-developed - even Martyr, who naturally has some peculiarities from living in an underground laboratory his whole life. The plot was straightforward and clear-cut, another plus. (I occasionally get tired of plots with so many twists and turns that by the end you can't even remember what the initial point was.) The writing was very skillful, another huge plus.
    In this story, the author dealt with the highly controversial issue of cloning with skill, honesty, and grace, which I found highly refreshing. She doesn't mince words, and she calls things what they are, which I admire, but she did it all without sounding in the least 'preachy' or militant about it.
    One or two things that bothered me:
    First, there were several kiss scenes between teenagers. They were nothing humongous or grossly over-the-top, just straightforward kisses, but they still bothered me, since both characters were Christians.
    The only other thing is a pet-peeve annoyance for me, more than anything else. The character Abby - who has studied crime for years and should know better - lets herself get pushed around very easily by a guy from her school who follows her around uninvited and even ends up forcing his way into her house. Abby isn't happy about it, but she doesn't do anything about it. There were several instances in which she should have thrown the creep out of her house at knife-point and called the cops on him, but she did nothing. It made me highly irritated at her.

    Aside from those two little issues, though, I really, really enjoyed this book. I honestly couldn't put it down - and it takes a special book to captivate me that completely. I wouldn't recommend this book for younger readers, certainly. But for anyone 16 and up, this would make a fantastic read. I definitely recommend that you check it out at the first opportunity you get!

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    A Page Turner

    Back Blurb:
    MARTYR--otherwise known as Jason 3:3--is one of many 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 that a month. To see the sky.
    Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has the 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 Review:
    I really enjoyed (no, LOVED) Jill Williamson's book 'By Darkness Hid' so when I got the chance to review her book in my favorite genre (Science Fiction, btw) I was so happy! This book ROCKED! Follow Martyr a.k.a. Jason 3:3 and Abby Goyer as they try to thwart the evil scientists from creating (and killing) a whole race of clones made for one purpose. The Purpose? I can't tell you that. I give away to much. ;) But I will say this-you will NOT be disappointed. If you are a HUGE Sci-fi fan (like me) definitely check this book out! Jill Williamson is an AWESOME writer!!! (I hope there's a sequel...)

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Amazing Story!

    Replication is a great story, full of exciting and dramatic twists. If you like suspenseful, meaningful stories, you will love this one.

    Abby Goyer is a high school student who is dealing with the death of her mother and also with the fact that her father has been involved in some unethical research practices at work. Now that he's moved them to Alaska, things really get weird. Especially when she discovers a kid who looks exactly like the creepy jock at her school. And then she finds out that he's a clone from a nearby lab, and there are many more of them. Why are the scientists creating these clones?

    I love the brilliant way the author shows that your DNA doesn't determine how nice a person you are. Each person chooses for him or herself whether to do the right thing, to be kind and compassionate or to be cruel and selfish. It was also really fascinating the way she explored what it would be like for a person to grow up without ever seeing the outside world, never being exposed to colors or even people of the opposite sex--and never knowing about their Creator God. It's a really thought-provoking read and also very exciting and entertaining. I highly recommend it for both adults and teens.

    And if you haven't seen the video trailers, search for them on YouTube. Just type in Replication: The Jason Experiment. Really great trailers!

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Discovering Your Purpose

    Abby Goyer's life has been turned upside down. Her mom died a year ago, her dad is consumed with work and his grief, and her dad's new job has transferred them from Washington D.C. to Alaska. Talk about a change of scenery. But with the change in scenery comes new secrets. Dr. Goyer's job at a place called "Jason Farms" is top secret, and when Abby discovers a young man in her room named Martyr who claims he's a clone from the Jason Farms, well, things start to get alot more interesting. All his life, Martyr had been told by doctors that he and the other clones of the Jason Farms had one purpose to fulfill: to expire on their eighteenth birthday in order to save the people on the outside from the toxic air. But when Martyr sneaks outside to fulfill his wish of seeing the stars at least once before he dies, he discovers his life at the Jason Farms has been a lie, and his purpose may be something far different than he could have imagined. One thing I can always count on when I read a story by Jill Williamson (Christy award-winning author of the Blood of Kings trilogy) is that I'm going to fall in love with the characters. Replication is no different. Abby is a feisty yet vulnerable heroine with very human emotions and reactions to the people and circumstances around her. But it was Martyr that I wanted to wrap up and bring home with me. He was so sweet! His child-like innocence made me smile constantly, and his strength and leadership qualities reveal the man he is rapidly becoming. Parts of the story were hard to read because of circumstances that happen mentally and physically to some of the characters. I winced more than once. But these things show how dire the situations are and how high the stakes. The heart-pumping, fast-moving plot combined with the loveable characters make Replication a fun and thought-provoking read. I want a sequel just so I can visit with Martyr and Abby some more!

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