Jesse 2.0 (Jia’s review)

Title: Jesse 2.0
Author: Annabelle Jay
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: July 10th 2018
Genre(s): Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Page Count: 180
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 3.65 stars out of 5


What would the world be like if anyone who died could come back?

That’s a question that bookworm Maddy Stone never thought he would need to answer. But when he saves a drowning man at the psychiatric facility where he volunteers, he discovers the man is his ex-boyfriend, Jesse, who committed suicide several months before. Jesse tells him that not only was he revived using “reproduction technology,” a type of cloning that relies on the same principals as teleportation, but that the doctor who brought him back was Maddy’s father. There was only one stipulation: Jesse could never talk to Maddy again.

Now, with the help of Georgia, Maddy’s new girlfriend, Maddy and Jesse must escape before their parents track them down. But when Maddy finds out that maybe Jesse—or Jesse 2.0, as Maddy calls him—isn’t the only repro, he must decide whether to continue with his new life or return to the Maddy he was before he knew the truth.

Jesse 2.0 takes place about 150 years into the future. Maddy was the one who found Jesse dead the first time, and successfully prevents Jesse from committing suicide again when he meets him at the psychiatric facility. They get both their families and the company, HORUS, which is responsible for Jesse 2.0, on their tail when they run. There’s quite a lot of plot in these pages with plenty of suspense, twists and turns.

There are two slightly different blurbs. When I read the version on amazon, I wondered if I remembered incorrectly, because the amazon version is a little misleading. Maddy’s new girlfriend is not on the run with the two boys, she only tries to help. Therefore this story turned out a little different than I expected but not in a bad way, merely different.

The story is told from both Maddy’s and Jesse’s point of view and the story is nicely written to engage the reader with interesting characters. I like how kind and fun Georgia’s character is. When I read the blurb I thought it strange how Maddy already had a girlfriend after his boyfriend’s death but everything in this story happens for a reason.

Considering this story is 150 years into the future though, I did find it a bit strange how different characters referred to Madonna, Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare to name a few examples.

The ending was unexpected, it isn’t a happy ever after, but it leaves hope and judging by the plot the ending was very fitting. If you are easily triggered by suicide or life/death situations then be careful with this book.

I really don’t want to say too much as it will spoil the reading experience but trust me if you read this blurb and find it to your taste then I recommend you read it.

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Galley copy of Jesse 2.0 provided by Harmony Ink Press in exchange of an honest review.


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