When Your Life Is Not Your Own
Martyr - otherwise known at 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 i 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 runny out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.
This was a book that was a bit different than the ones I usually read but the subject was interesting and since I am dedicated to spreading the word about great Christian fiction for all ages, including teens, I wanted to read it and find out if it was one I wanted to recommend. IT WAS!
I don't know if you have ever really thought about the whole issue of cloning people but this book will certainly change that if you haven't. Martyr may be a "clone" but it only takes a few paragraphs to find out he is a character you care about and don't want to see "expire".
Abby is a strong and spunky teenager. She has a strong faith despite the fact that her father seems to have none. Loosing her mother to cancer brought her closer to God but it had the opposite effect on her father. As she struggles to fit in at a new school she finds a good looking young man with a giant ego trying to get her attention at every turn. When she meets Martyr she thinks it is the boy from school. But they act very differently. Questions arise....
The writing in this book is very well done. I was on the edge of my seat a lot of the time wondering what was going to happen. There were some interesting twists to it that I didn't quite expect but made perfect sense. It really made you think about human life and who has the right to use it for their purposes or is all life valuable and meant to be preserved? I had never thought a lot on the subject until now. But the whole idea of using human embryo's has never set well with me. I think we need to be very careful about what we say we are doing under the pretense of finding a cure to save people. Are we testing on others to save someone else? Since this book is centered around teenagers it makes a good story for the next generation to read and think about, but it is done in a fun way.
I loved it! I am going to encourage my teenage son to read it. I really think he will enjoy the adventure and excitement of this story. I would recommend everyone, teens and adults alike, to read this. You will enjoy it but it will also make you think.
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