When Your Life Is Not Your Own
This book just might have turned me into a sci-fi fan. The story definitely turned me into a Jill Williamson fan.
First, the story. I felt sucked into the plot from the first chapter as I quickly realized Martyr was unlike any hero from any book I’d ever read. Reading this book was like riding a rollercoaster. Underground. In the dark.
I had no idea where the next page, paragraph, word might take me. Replication is masterfully done, with enough suspense to keep me up past bedtime and enough sweetness to make me smile and laugh along with the characters.
I mentioned Martyr is unique. Perhaps my favorite element in this book is the characterization the author poured into her characters. Martyr’s and Abby’s voices are soooo different and I loved that.
Also, it was hilarious seeing contemporary teenagerdom through Martyr’s eyes. The first time he eats M&M’s and pizza, the first time he uses a seatbelt, and the first time he watches television all made me shake my head in wonder. It was like seeing my reality through the eyes of someone from another era — or another planet. Fascinating.
This book delves into an interesting topic — human cloning, yet Abby’s strong beliefs and Martyr’s new faith make it clear that only God can create and give us purpose.
About the Author
Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.
- Watch Abby’s book trailer.
- Watch Martyr’s book trailer.
- Read the first chapter.
- What’s Your Expiration Date?
- Read my review of New Recruit.
Disclosure: The author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.