The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Pearson, Mary E.

Book 1.0 of The Jenna Fox Chronicles

Language: English

Publisher: Square Fish

Published: Apr 29, 2008

Words: 63084
Pages: 243


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. *The Adoration of Jenna Fox* is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. ** ### From School Library Journal Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox awakens after more than a year in a coma to find herself in a life—and a body—that she doesn't quite recognize. Her parents tell her that she's been in an accident, but much of her past identity and current situation remain a mystery to her: Why has her family abruptly moved from Boston to California, leaving all of her personal belongings behind? Why does her grandmother react to her with such antipathy? Why have her parents instructed her to make sure not to tell anyone about the circumstances of their move? And why can Jenna recite whole passages of Thoreau's *Walden*, but remember next to nothing of her own past? As she watches family videos of her childhood, strange memories begin to surface, and she slowly realizes that a terrible secret is being kept from her. Pearson has constructed a gripping, believable vision of a future dystopia. She explores issues surrounding scientific ethics, the power of science, and the nature of the soul with grace, poetry, and an apt sense of drama and suspense. Some of the supporting characters are a bit underdeveloped, but Jenna herself is complex, interesting, and very real. This is a beautiful blend of science fiction, medical thriller, and teen-relationship novel that melds into a seamless whole that will please fans of all three genres.—*Meredith Robbins, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, New York City* Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. ### From Booklist Lamia invests the characters in this science-fiction story with a variety of textures and tones. Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox wakes from what she believes is a year-long coma, becoming reacquainted with herself by watching recordings made by her doting parents. Lamia artfully voices Jenna’s increasing awareness as she gathers clues about her past. Speaking deliberately enough to allow us to identify with the teen’s emotions and engage directly in her questions and beliefs about her restored body and the science that has made restoration possible, if not ethical, Lamia never allows the thought-provoking, tense story to drag. Smoothly moving between ages and genders, Lamia’s performance is unified and dynamic. By contrast, a concluding author interview sounds unrehearsed and candid, even if the content adds another layer of ambivalence to the novel’s question of how to cope with what we can and should do in matters of life and death. Grades 8-12. --Francisca Goldsmith