Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

       Released: April 2008
       Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
      Pages: 265   
       Rating: 4/5

  The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson is set in the very near future and seventeen year old Jenna has just woken from a year long coma.  Her parents tell her that she suffered a terrible accident.  But yet, she’s now perfect and whole.  But even though she’s perfect in every way, she can’t remember anything.  Not her parents, her grandmother, her friends, her childhood.  She doesn’t even know the basic meaning of words.  Jenna’s parents give her videos to watch in hopes that she’ll gain her memory back and soon she is gaining flashes of memory.  But the more she learns and tries to return to a normal life, the more questions she has.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox is the type of book that you don’t want to know to much about and I was glad that I didn’t.  I loved learning each new detail as they were revealed throughout the book.  There are a lot of ethical and moral dilemmas presented throughout the book as well as discussion on what it means to be human.  Where does our identity come from?
The writing is very tight, no words wasted here.  I’m not sure I liked the epilogue.  It seemed a bit too forced, but it didn’t hamper my overall enjoyment.  Recommended.

1 comment:

  1. this ones a book i've been hesitating to pick up, but i just might now, after your review!