by Jill Williamson
published by Zondervan
received from NetGalley for an honest review
synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
Excellent book!! Made me think about genetic experimentation- is it right or wrong? Are we attempting to play God? This book addresses issues that were once science fiction but are rapidly becoming reality.
Clones are created by a 'mad' scientist named Dr. Kane (Cain perhaps?) The clones are clones he created from his own genetic makeup. He experiments on these clones. These poor 'less than human' creations don't even have names. They are addressed by their 'batch' number. Is it acceptable to utilize these clones for research and warlike endeavors?
God is addressed by Abby's unyielding faith. (Abby is the daughter of another scientist). Religion in this book is not overwhelming or suffocating, it is perfect in context with the story.
My review consists of more questions than answers because this book encourages questions. Questions of faith, questions about what is right or wrong.
The story itself is suspenseful and perfect for a young audience. The book is well written and thought provoking.