December 1, 2012

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles #1
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Pages: 266
Review by: Max

Who is Jenna Fox?
That's what everyone wants to know. Including Jenna.

Here's a summary from Mary E. Pearson's website:

Where does it lie? In a face? A voice? A bundled string of events we call a lifetime? Is it in our DNA, bone, flesh, ancestry? How do we define our identity, and is it a once and for all definition?

Who am I? Can anyone ever know for sure just what it takes to be who we are?

We all search for our place in this world and how we fit in, but for Jenna Fox that search reaches dark new dimensions when she wakes from a coma and can’t remember who she is. Worse, she doesn’t remember the people who claim to be her parents. There is something curious about them, about the house they all live in--in fact, curious describes her whole life, as she attempts to unlock the secrets of who she was, and who she has become.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is about Jenna’s search for identity, a quest as old as history, but as startling as the future.

Jenna was in an accident. A bad one.
Ever since she woke up from her coma, she hasn't known anything, remembered anything. Jenna was lost, afriad, and confused.She doesn't have know her place in the world. She doesn't even know what she is.
Soon, she starts to try to belong, and when she starts to feel loved, whole, and belonging, she discovers something terrible. Something about herself, something she'd never imagine.

Although at many times this book was extremely science-y, it was also very emotional and thought-provoking. It wasn't just science-fiction, it was science-fiction and medical, romantic, and a sort of discovering-who- you-are kind of book. The book had its funny moments, even though it was totally serious most of the time, and books, for me, have to at least have some humor.

Jenna was such a great writer. I just loved the way that she described her thoughts, people, and the world around her. She was great! I liked all of the other characters, especially Lily, her sassy grandmother, and Ethan, one of the friends she makes at her charter school.

This book also had a lot of bioethic shtuff. It's complicated to explain, but I think one of the taglines summed it up pretty well. How far would you go to save someone you love?

It was a deep kind of book, a book that made me at least think about what I would do in that whole situation, and it was very interesting.

Fly on,

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