Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jill Williamson's Replication

Jill Williamson is a dreamer, believer, and author of all things weird. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. She won two Christy Awards for her Blood of Kings trilogy and recently released Replication, a science fiction teen novel from Zondervan. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.

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Back Cover Blurb

Abby Goyer is forced to move to rural Alaska when her father unexpectedly takes a job in a remote laboratory called Jason Farms. Suspicious of her father’s decisions, she investigates and finds more than what she was looking for when a strange boy shows up at her door. Martyr, one of fifty-five identical clones, escaped from the underground lab at the farm with one wish: to see the sky before he fulfills his purpose and “expires” on his eighteenth birthday. Abby tries to help Martyr see that God has a purpose for his life, one that is different from the one the scientists originally planned for him.

Book Excerpt:

  Martyr stared at the equation on the whiteboard and set his pencil down. He didn’t feel like practicing math today. What did math matter when his expiration date was so near?
  His wrist still throbbed from Fido’s teeth. Martyr touched the strip of fabric he’d ripped from his bedsheet and tied around his wrist to stop the bleeding. He hoped the wound would heal before a doctor noticed it. A trip upstairs to mend it would be unpleasant, as the doctor would likely use the opportunity to perform tests. Martyr shuddered.
  To distract himself, he glanced at the other boys. Every Jason in the classroom except Speedy and Hummer scribbled down the numbers from the whiteboard. Speedy sketched Dr. Max’s profile, staring at the doctor with intense concentration. His hand darted over the paper, shading the dark face with a short, black beard.
  Hummer—as always—hummed and rocked back and forth, hugging himself. Martyr never understood why the doctors made Hummer take classes instead of putting him in with the brokens. Perhaps it had to do with Hummer’s being so much older than the other brokens, or the fact that he could walk and didn’t need special medications.
  Movement at the back of the room caught Martyr’s attention, and he twisted around to get a better look. Dr. Kane stood outside the locked door, looking in through the square window. A stranger wearing glasses stood beside him, much shorter and a little rounder than Dr. Kane. The man’s head was also shaven like     Martyr’s, but the way he carried himself next to Dr. Kane showed he was nothing like a clone. Martyr’s pulse increased. There hadn’t been a new doctor on the Farm in a long time.
  Dr. Kane opened the door, and both men stepped inside. Martyr gasped. The new doctor wore color! A narrow strip of fabric ran from his neck to his waist.     Martyr jumped up from his desk and headed for the stranger.
  “J:3:3!” Dr. Max’s tone slowed Martyr’s steps. “One mark. Take your seat immediately.”
  Yes, but one mark was not so bad. Martyr quickened his pace. If I could just touch the strip once …
  Dr. Kane shooed the new doctor back into the hallway, pulling the door closed behind him. Desperate, and knowing the door would lock once it closed all the way, Martyr stepped into the shrinking exit. The door slammed against his bare foot, and a sharp pain shot through his ankle. He winced and wedged his torso into the crack.
  He was met by Dr. Kane’s hand pressing against his chest. “J:3:3, return to your seat this instant. Two marks.”
  But the color on the new doctor was too tempting.

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Today’s Giveaway:

Jill Williamson is giving away a copy of Replication
The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy


Jennifer said...

Sounds creepy and intriging at the same time. Very thought provoking! Can't wait to check it out!

misskallie2000 said...

This is one mystery I would love to investigate. Maybe even a little romance will be thrown in? Great excerpt and videos. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this intriguing novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Bethany said...

I look forward to reading this book- it sounds really cool!

Jo said...

Thanks for the opportunity of reading this book. It sounds very different!


Sharon A. Lavy said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Teela said...

I hope that I win this book. It really looks interesting. teelayoung

Abbi Hart (gatorade635) said...

This book looks so good!

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Check this blog 1-25-2012 to see who wins Jill's book!

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