The Testament of Jessie Lamb
Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: as her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it's up to her.
But is Jessie heroic? Or is she, as her father fears, impressionable, innocent, incapable of understanding where her actions will lead?
Set just a month or two in the future, in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism, The Testament of Jessie Lamb explores a young woman's determination to make her life count for something, as the certainties of her childhood are ripped apart.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011
Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Prize 2012
‘You'll be blown away by this.’
‘By far the most moving of all the 138 [Booker] entries. ’
‘A dark, powerful and disturbing story asking difficult questions about science, sex, and survival.’
‘Like The Handmaid's Tale colliding with Children Of Men. ’
‘Jane Rogers has captured Jessie's voice brilliantly, alternating a teenager's solipsism with a growing awareness of the wider world . . . The reader is torn between her clear, unequivocal conclusions and the intricate, heartfelt compromises of her parents.’
-Time Literary Supplement
-The Daily Mail
‘Based on a premise so terrifyingly plausible you're half-afraid the book might fall into the hands of some ruthless bio-terrorists with the keys to an IVF lab...Rogers brilliantly characterises the self-centred logic of an obstreperous teenager.’
‘This is an Atwoodian exploration of new technologies and implications for womankind’
-Emma Hagestadt Independent
‘Terrifyingly plausible . . . a well-written and thought provoking read . . . This is what good science fiction should be: smart, realistic, engaging.’
-Curious Book Fans