Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

By: Jane Rogers
Location: FIC ROG
Genre: Love and Sci Fi

Longlisted for Booker Prize 2011. Winner of Arthur C Clarke award.

One Choice. One chance to make a difference.

Melissa for reviews it this way - with 5 STARS

This book was thoroughly thought provoking. The premise is unsettling and was well presented by Jane Rogers. Jessie Lamb is a normal girl growing up in a world that is changing. Women can get pregnant, but they die. The babies too. Scientists are trying to figure out what is going on and how to stop it, but at what cost? Girls. Girls are either volunteering or being coerced into becoming "sleeping beauties" and thus basically killing themselves for the good of human kind.

This book brought up so many questions in my mind as I read along. Jessie Lamb starts to doubt her world and grown ups in general. Why should she go to school and be a doctor if humans are on the way out? Why should the world keep going in the same direction? What can young people do to stop it? Why are women always punished for man's faults? This is what I mean by thought provoking.

I am so very glad that I read this book and got a chance to read it. It's stark and intense, but in the end there is hope. Even if it's just a little spark of hope. It's still there.

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