Welcome to BOOK CLUB, a joint venture between me and Jen from Devourer of Books. Today we are discussing The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers which is being published by Harper Perennial next month.
A rogue virus that kills pregnant women has been let loose in the world, and nothing less than the survival of the human race is at stake.
Some blame the scientists, others see the hand of God, and still others claim that human arrogance and destructiveness are reaping the punishment they deserve. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl living in extraordinary times. As her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her toward the ultimate act of heroism. She wants her life to make a difference. But is Jessie heroic? Or is she, as her scientist father fears, impressionable, innocent, and incapable of understanding where her actions will lead?
Set in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism, The Testament of Jessie Lamb explores a young woman’s struggle to become independent of her parents. As the certainties of her childhood are ripped apart, Jessie begins to question her parents’ attitudes, their behavior, and the very world they have bequeathed her.
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- What were your general impressions of the book?
- Did you think about the title of the book at all? Did it shape your experience and thoughts while reading? How?
- The Testament of Jessie Lamb is filled with a number of issues that are particularly resonant with us today. Which concepts and themes did you find yourself returning to throughout the novel’s progression.
- What kinds of questions did you have during your reading? Were they answered?
- What was your reaction to who was holding Jesse captive? Were you surprised? Did you feel as if her kidnapper’s reaction was justified? How would you have handled the situation?
- Jesse’s father feels as if she has been brainwashed into her position, and there are many ethical decisions concerning the Sleeping Beauties and whether they are being taken advantage of. How did you feel about the lab and the doctors there? Did they taking advantage? Are Jesse and The Sleeping Beauties able to make the decisions they did? Should they be allowed?
15 review copies of The Testament of Jessie Lamb were provided by Harper Perennial in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you so much!