It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Discussions with Mime and Cait! Pull up a beanbag, grab some BBQ chips, don your football helmet, and strap yourselves in.
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.
MIME: We don’t read much Christian fiction. It’s mainly because of stereotypes and cliches, both in the story and the ones that surround the genre.
CAIT: All that cheesy stuff.
MIME: I can see she’s going to be no help this discussion, so I will continue. REPLICATION pleasantly surprised me. It had a great plot, strong (and loveable characters, and a Christian message that wasn’t quite IN YOUR FACE! You know.
CAIT: Au contraire, ma petite bleu fromage (see? See that. I spoke French).
MIME: Did you just call me your little blue cheese? I’m going to ignore the fact you implied that I am old and mouldy, and allow you to continue your train of thought. (If you actually have one.)
CAIT: Thank you. As I was saying —
MIME: Here we go.
CAIT: While, I agree with Mime that the book crunches Christian cliches (and note, that was alliteration. It’s also a tongue-twister. Try saying “Crunches Christian Cliches” five times fast).
MIME: Clunches Clistian Criches?
CAIT: Exactly. What I’m trying to say (no help from you, Mime), is that I wasn’t sold on the plot. The premise I utterly loved. Clones. Expiration dates. Bleeding eggs. Psycho doctors. You know, the normal stuff. It was exciting and fresh. But the plot…erm, it lacked.
MIME: Personally, I didn’t mind the plot. I thought it was kind of cool. It had the sort of creepy, semi-dystopic stuff happening now, which is fascinating, and a mix of a bit of school-contemporary-ness. I liked the balance and enjoyed the whole “two worlds” effect. The plot moved quickly, and for the most part, it was just enjoyable. I wouldn’t say “stunning-dropped-me-dead-of-shock-best-plot-ever” but I would say “enjoyable.” As I did.
CAIT: For me, it was contradicting circumstances in the plot that bothered me. For instance, at one point, Abby (who one of the narrators), has the school sports-star over at her house to do homework. (She thinks he’s a creep. With good cause.) So, for “back-up”, she calls her friend, Kylee, to come over. Excellent Christian morals, right? Three people. No room for hanky-panky. BUT…later on, she meets up with Martyr (the other narrator, who is also a clone, just saying), and she’s fine hanging out with him. Alone. By herself. In Greenland. No third-party present.
MIME: It’s set in Alaska.
CAIT: I was quoting The Princess Bride, you delinquent. Back to what I was saying —
MIME: You were saying something?
CAIT: (I’m ignoring that.) I just think it was inconsistent. PLUS, my gosh, no one seemed to have “Christian” parents, but the kids couldn’t even look at each other before they were accused (by parents) of dating or being boyfriend/girlfriend. A little over the top? Me thinks so.
MIME: That was a little weird, yes.
CAIT: See. I am right.
MIME: She’s been hanging around her nephew too much. Regardless. Apart from the pre-mentioned discrepancies, I think it had a great subtle moral. The whole book could be considered anti-abortion. I loved that and the way Jill Williamson (the author) wove that in, so it didn’t preach (the tricky subject it has become) but settled in your sub consciousness. I liked that.
CAIT: Like Inception!
MIME: You could say that (if you were weird).
CAIT: Okay! Characters! Abby was meh, a bit typical for a teenage girl.
MIME: That was harsh. She wasn’t that bad. Besides, she had an amazing quirk. To avoid conflict, she texted her dad with her arguments. Clever or what?!
CAIT: That I did like. I will try that with you, Mime. Oh wait…
MIME: And then there was Martyr. Ha! He was awesome. Elaborate, underling.
CAIT: Underling? Ahem. So, Martyr! Without doubt, he’s one of the best characters I’ve read this year! Being raised in the Jason Farms, he literally knew nothing but what they brainwashed him with. He never stepped out of character. He was really innocent and you could feel that the whole way through the book. I particularly love his descriptions. Bleeding eggs. He called the cat a “dog”. And he was infatuated with socks!
MIME: And his prayers were great, too. “Hello Creator of Everything.” I love the way he called everyone by their full names. Daughter Abby, The Creator of Everything… it was great. Particularly Daughter Abby.
CAIT: Plus, his nickname was Marty. Like in Madagascar!
MIME: Ohhh, Cait. Please. I really liked this book. To sum up, thoroughly enjoyable. It helps dust off those clistian criches.
CAIT: Polka dot!! Afro circus!! Polka dot!
Join our discuss (if you dare…mwhaha)!! Have you read REPLICATION? Thoughts? And what about Christian Fiction for teens in general? Do think it has the tendency to be cheesy?