Monday, March 19, 2012

Replication - Jill Williamson

Replication was granted to me by Zondervan through NetGalley. If the name sounds familiar, Zondervan is a christian publishing company, and granted me The Merchant's Daughter a few months ago. That being said, I was pretty happy to get Replication, because Merchant gave me hope for Zondervan books.

Replication is about J:3:3, also called Martyr. Martyr is an identical clone, one of hundreds of the Jason model that are created and raised in the secret Jason Farm base. His life is surviving until he's 18, at which time his 'purpose is realized' and he is sacrificed to help create an antidote to the poisons in the real world. Or at least, that's what he's told. But after a new scientist appears in the Farms, Martyr is given the chance to dream of new things. All Martyr wants before he realizes his purpose is to see the sky--just once. He escapes, only to meet Abby: a religious girl who was forced to move near Jason Farms to meet the desires of her scientist father. Abby attempts to teach Martyr that death isn't his purpose, and that God has given him a purpose of his own.

This book...well, it's always weird for me to read a religion heavy book, and this was definitely religion based. Much of the book consists of Abby and Martyr discovering God together, and religion and conservative views are very strongly portrayed. As a person who subscribes to neither such system, it was weird for me to read. But for someone who is a conservative christian, I'm assuming that this would be a pretty big plus for the book.

The story itself was pretty awesome. I loved the idea of a giant series of clones, and I loved Martyr's entire motivation. I loved Abby's father's moral dilemma, loved the boy that Abby meets in her new school, and I honestly don't know what to say other than I loved the story itself.

As far as characters go, my favorite was definitely Martyr himself. Marty got his nickname because of his protective nature. In Replication, cloning isn't a perfect system at all. There are mistakes, problems, and flawed creations. Martyr was a protector of those flawed creations. The disabled clones, the clones that came out mentally retarded such as Baby, Martyr sought to protect them from clones that were crueler. He reminded me of a very gentle, happy dog in much of the story, which is kind of weird to say about a human character, but is still very true. His fascination with bright colors was adorable.

I'd recommend Replication to any christian reader seeking a book about spiritual discovery. I'd also recommend Replication to fans of The House of the Scorpion, as long as they're okay with the religious aspects of the novel, as the clone issues are very well portrayed in both stories. Finally, I'd recommend Replication to anyone who would be interested in a story about a completely blank slate being introduced to the world we live in.

So if any of those describe you, pick up Replication by Jill Williamson the next time you're book hunting.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Contest Collections - Happy World Book Day!

Hey guys!
If you haven't heard, today is World Book Day!
So make sure you grab a good book today, and celebrate your favorite authors.
In honor of World Book Day, here's a few random contests and giveaways I've seen around the net that you can enter to try and win something special!

Julie Kagawa, the author of the Iron Fey books, is giving away a signed copy of one of her books, The Immortal Rules. To enter, check out the url below:

Dot Hutchison of the Scattered Pages book blog is hosting a special contest with four chances to win. To enter, check out this blog page:

If you're a fan of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep, check out this blog, where they're giving away a copy of By a Thread:

Today is the last day to enter the Goodreads giveaway for Slide by Jill Hathaway! Enter here:

USAtoday is giving away Lori Foster's A Perfect Storm to commenters. Check this giveaway out at:

And if you're an amazon prime member, the author of The Gathering is promoting the book for free. Sadly, I'm not a prime member, but if you are, check it out here:

On an end note, if you're looking for more free--and legitimate--books, then make sure to check the following:
Goodreads - Goodreads almost always has some sort of giveaway going that you can enter pretty easily. The giveaway page can be found here:

NetGalley - If you're a fellow blogger or reviewer, then NetGalley is kind of amazing. It's entirely based around giving out free arcs to people to get the books known and reviewed. You have to request each book individually and hope that the publishing company will accept you, but I've gotten a lot of the books I've reviewed from here, and there are always some very good ones up, if you can get accepted. For example, I got Maria Snyder's Touch of Power and Julie Kagawa's Iron Knight from NetGalley in exchange for my reviews, which I think it pretty amazing.
NetGalley can be found at

And on a random note, I heard that Heather Brewer might be giving out an arc of Soulbound soon. No promises, but if you're a fan, follow her on twitter and stalk her page. You might get lucky.

Finally, if you want more contests, follow me on twitter (@Slytherling). I try to retweet the ones I see. And check back towards the end of month, and I'll do my own special giveaway. Nothing too big, since I'm still pretty small...but still something to reward the few readers I have--and appreciate. <3

Happy World Book Day, guys! And if you have a moment, tell if you liked this list, or if it's useful, so I know whether or not it would be worth doing more giveaway lists. And if you know if any that I don't, please feel free to share the details in the comments!

Thanks, and happy reading!