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Phoebe Wray

Phoebe Wray


Jemma Saga
Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Military/Dystopian

Type: Novel
Page Count: 338
Size:  6x9 inches
Cover: Color, CGI
Illustrations: none

Publisher: DTF Publications
     @ Dark Quest Books
ISBN: 978-1-937051-52-5


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Jemma7729 Reviewer, "Danielle Ackley-McPhail"

Reviewed for by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Author Phoebe Wray has one hell of an original answer to how to continue a series after you kill off your hero…to paraphrase Frau Farbissina*: Bring in the clone!

At the end of Jemma7729 we see the title character, a leader in the MOVE rebellion, captured by the ruling government and brought to a farce of a trial. There she discovers the government has made an illegal clone from her DNA, which they use to condemn her.

The joy of DNA? Nothing is ever an exact copy. See, that was a concern for me, from a reader standpoint, because J2 takes a quickstep back to a point just before this monumental court case ends and we see events from the perspective of Jemma’s clone, our new heroine. She looks like our Jemma and sounds like our Jemma, but Jay is most definitely her very own person, something Wray makes evident from the get-go. In fact, Jay sees Jemma as her mother, swiftly establishing a sense of unique identity separate from the original.

Jay does inherit more than genes from her “mother” though…a sense of justice and purpose. When the establishment seeks to scrap the clone it no longer needs after Jemma’s death, J2 does what every teenager excels at…she rebels and sends out her own cry for justice.

One of the things I like the very best about this book is that it takes all the elements of action, excitement, and passion from the first book and makes them distinctly new again because Jay most definitely is not Jemma. The author took a beloved icon, martyred her, and almost seems to give her back, but thankfully does not. See, Jay is quite her own person and we get to see the struggles and challenges she faces in a world completely different from her previous isolated existence. She grows and learns and takes a stand--much as her “mother” did--but she does it in a way all her own. We get to see Jay as an individual, not a copy, and our hearts are engaged all the more for that.

Don’t get me wrong…this isn’t all a journey of self-discovery…remember that justice I mentioned? Jay and the rest of the MOVE operatives go after it in 338 pages of intense action.

This continuing story is masterfully handled by Wray and leaves this reader eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, which is scheduled to release this year. I give J2 10 out of 10.

*from Austin Powers




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