The Adoration of Jenna Fox
By Mary E. Pearson
September 1, 2009 (I think I have my covers/editions mixed up, but just go with it.)
Square Fish; Reprint edition, 288 pages
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma—so she’s been told—and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She’s been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won’t anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions. What happened to Jenna Fox? And who is she really?
— Amazon.com description
This is the type of book that makes me feel very, very shallow. Oh, I don’t mean it in the awful way that sounds. But a lot of the book is asking the BIG questions. What makes us human? Where is the line drawn when it comes to what is or isn’t humane? Or ethical? And so on.
Bah! I never sit around thinking of these things, which makes me believe Mary Pearson is a very smart person. Perhaps she should have taken that philosophy class for me that I so dreaded in college. Sigh.
Okay, but the point is this: I’m glad Mary Pearson is thinking these BIG thoughts. It makes for a very interesting, surprising read. This book is very sci-fi—which is not what I expected going into it.
But it was, like I said, quite thoughtful. Not a reread, not a total wow, but quite enjoyable.
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