THE TESTAMENT OF JESSIE LAMB
By: Jane Rogers
Pub. Date: May 2012
Org. Pub. Date: Jan 2011
Formats: Paperback and Electronic
Genre: YA Dystopian
Age Group: 13+
Review: I’d first like to thank TLC Book Tours for having me be a part of the tour and HarperCollins for and sending me the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
THE TESTAMENT OF JESSIE LAMB is an interesting take on dystopian fiction from the viewpoint of female productive rights. At first, I didn’t quite know what the story was about, especially when the characters discuss a virus known as MDS. But soon MDS is explained to be Maternal Death Syndrome. Never heard of MDS? Okay, you’re not alone becuase it doesn’t exist — thank goodness.
MDS kills any woman who becomes pregnant, including her child who carries the virus too. In the novel, women all over the world are afraid to get pregnant and many haven’t for years. If so, they will eventually eliminate the human race. And who wants that?
Jessie lives in the UK with her parents. She loves hanging out with her friends, attending school and trying to figure out who she is and her place in the world. She also doesn’t quite understand MDS herself. She often feels women deserve it — that is until she begins to slowly see how MDS affects the women in her family and how it will affect her and the choices she makes.
THE TESTAMENT OF JESSIE LAMB is all about choices. It heavily relates the topic of choice, making ethical and moral decisions when it comes to our bodies, pregnancies and fertilization. The novel also delves into science and survival, including our choices when it comes to life and death.
The characters are well-developed, particularly Jessie and her moral compass. I love how she questions everything. However, the book often dragged for me and I found myself struggling to read it. I enjoyed the concept and the idea behind The Testament of Jessie Lamb, but something seemed lacking in the novel and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was the world which wanted to be and feel dystopian, but felt more modern day then futuristic, but I just started to lose interest in the novel. As a fan of dystopian books, it doesn’t seem to ring true for me.
I’m giving THE TESTAMENT OF JESSIE LAMB 3 “Relaxing with a Good Book” retro pictures for a curious concept, but not exceeding my expectations!
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