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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Grade: 3.8 stars out of 5

As I type this review out all I can think about was how I should I posted this review before my review for The Fox Inheritance. Oh well; what's done is done.
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?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, like I said in my previous review, was very much a character driven plot. It's the world-building that makes The Adoration of Jenna Fox such a great novel to read. The philosophical and moral stance Pearson takes combined with the technological advances is light-years from where we are today. Yet it could be the future. Decades, centuries, millenniums away, but there is still a chance of whatever Pearson writes to be true.

I absolutely love the family structure for The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Jenna, obviously, is no longer the same since she came out of her coma. The family members' attitude all differ because of who she is now. Some overcompensate by overprotecting Jenna from a guilt, I presume, that came from not being able to prevent Jenna's accident. Some remain hostile towards Jenna because this is not the real Jenna. The real Jenna was someone they already said goodbye to. It's the shift when the new Jenna starts to take action, begins to live her life once again, that readers see a change in the family dynamic. Feelings are being understood rather than a hearing-but-not-listening demeanor.

I found the other characters, Allys, Ethan, and Dane, sort gave a different perspective to how to live life. You take life as it comes or you block out what life can give. I particularly enjoyed Allys and Ethan because of their opinion on just how much a human body can be changed before it's no longer a human , but an android or machine.

Again to reiterate: The Adoration of Jenna Fox had less action than The Fox Inheritance. Instead it delve deeper in the moral ethnics of society. Those who aren't really interested in general world-building and lack of a real plot may not enjoy The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Still, this is a sound novel that I plan to reread when I'm in the mood to be intrigued and challenged.

Cover B+
I much prefer this cover over the hardcover. This has an abstract feel rather than the symbolic meaning. 
Source: personal copy
Publication: 2009, September 1

1 comment:

  1. I really thought this book was something special. Like you, I loved the family dynamics and the questions the book generally made you ask yourself.