Synopsis (from Amazon)
Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God. As she watches her world collapsing, Jessie Lamb decides she wants to make her life count. Would you let your daughter die if it would save the human race? The Testament of Jessie Lamb is the story of one daughter’s heroism and one father’s love.
The Testament of Jessie Lamb is the story of Jessie Lamb (believe it or not). Jessie lives in a world where humans are dying out. Every human is infected with a deadly virus which is activated when a woman become pregnant. This means that no new babies can be born and Jessie’s generation will be the last humans if a solution isn’t found. Jessie wants to save the world, and she will go to any lengths to do it.
This book is listed as a contemporary novel but it actually reads much more like Young Adult fiction. That’s not to say it was bad, in fact I enjoyed it quite a lot, but for an adult novel it wasn’t especially sophisticated. I liked Jessie quite a lot. She had a real sense of morality, not just where it came to the virus but also with other issues which we can see in the real world today- for example the greenhouse effect, or feminism. I liked how she had her principles and she would stick to them no matter what. It was sad to see what happened to her but also somehow right.
I wonder about the biblical references in this book. There are the Noah’s who are a bit like evangelical Christians (or should I say the stereotypical evangelical Christians) but then there is a certain biblical parallel to Jessie herself. (highlight for spoiler)She sacrifices herself for the world in the same way Jesus did, and her surname is lamb like lamb of God.