Saturday, August 22, 2009
Jenna Fox, Who is That?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a year-long coma, and she's still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. Her parents show her home movies of her life, her memories, but she has no recollection. Is she really the same girl she sees on the screen?
Little by little, Jenna begins to remember. Along with the memories come questions-questions no one wants to answer for her. What really happened after the accident?
In this fascinating novel, acclaimed author Mary E. Pearson presents an unforgettable look at one human life and a glimpse into a possible future that may be closer than we think.
This book started out slow. If I didn't force myself to read through the first couple of chapters I probably would have put it down to never pick it back up again. Once it starts getting good you can't put the book down. Wanting to read the next page and then the next. Her name is Jenna; she has been in a coma for a year and a half; at least that's what her parents tell her. Jenna can't remember anything. Sitting in here room watching movies of supposedly herself; she starts to remember. But, she can't remember the important things. Like if she has friends? What happened that she was in a coma? And, is it that it seems they are in hiding?
What was really the turning point with the book was when she starts going to this charter school that isn't far from where they live. There she meets Dane, Allys, Gabriel, and Ethan. Dane is gorgeous with wavy surfer hair and the jackass personality to go with but watching him Jenna can only describe him with one word, empty. Allys is opinionated with her illegal under 49% biodigital enhancement opinions and her fake prosthetic limbs. Quite Ethan who lives in the church and must have something wrong with him since he's with the rest of the freaks. Gabriel isn't even mentioned accept for maybe three sentences out of the entire book. One boy make her feel like she never thought she could and another will show her believe she could be the empty thing that the laws are trying to not happen.
This is a book about the big questions: How much can you be prosthetic till you aren't human? If your 90% bio-gel do you still have a soul? Are you the same girl before the accident or one entirely different?
This was a good book though a little slow at the beginning. The ending was a little abrupt. She could have done another book if she wanted. I give this book a 7 out of 10.