Book Review 9: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Posted September 7, 2009 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 0 Comments

Book Review 9:  The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. PearsonThe Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles #1
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on April 29, 2008
Genres: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 266
Source: Bookstore Employee Checkout
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: four-stars

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?
This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.

Once again, a book I wasn’t sure about. I remember someone I’m friends with on putting this on their to-read list, and at the time I thought it sounded good. But when I picked it up to read for this list, I wasn’t sure. It was about a girl named Jenna Fox who wakes up from a coma and can’t remember her life. It sounds like a realistic fiction book, but is actually a sci-fi book. It takes place in the future. Most natural plants have been wiped out by strains of genetically engineered plants. Many people have died from problems with vaccinations, and cloning, appendages and organs anyway, are now standard, up to a point. It is into this world that Jenna wakes up to parents that keep her home, won’t really talk to her about what happened, and a grandmother who for some reason doesn’t seem to like her. I really enjoyed the book after all. I wish it had gone more into some of the science type stuff, but the story itself was good. I know it was a teen/YA novel, but would love to see the same story pulled out a bit more into a longer novel. So much more I would have liked to know about what happened, what was really wrong with her classmate Dane? And more.

Onto book 10 from the lists, which means I’m a fifth of the way done. I started it today, it is is Shift by Jennifer Bradbury.

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