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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Author: Mary E. Pearson
ISBN: 9780805076684
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

"Who is Jenna Fox?

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? "


When I ordered this book for my library, I honestly didn't know it was a science fiction story. It seems to be more realistic fiction or a contemporary story. But really because it's based in the future about something we don't have the technology for yet - it's definitely sci fi.

The story reminded me a lot of the book Skinned by Robin Wasserman. I think they both came out fairly close to one another, so I don't think either came from the other. But it's very interesting that both have to do with the choices the parents made for their child - and how the child is dealing with those decisions now.

It really does bring to light the idea of making decisions for yourself that impact others more than you think it would. Also it deals with a bit of the acceptance issue - what people believe to be okay and not. It makes you wonder what the future is going to be like and the moral issues that are going to stand in the way of advancement.

I'll be recommending this book to any girls who are into the science fiction genre. Guys would probably enjoy it too, but with a girl protag it will probably be best for girls. Also, guys tend to like their sci fi a bit more intense and action-driven. This isn't true across the board, but it's what I've generally noticed.
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