October 24, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Jenna FoxTo her parents, Jenna Fox was a miracle child from the moment she was born and now, at 17, she's even more miraculous. Jenna has just woken up from a year-long coma and, even though her memory is practically none-existent and her body feels strange, she's still all and everything to her parents.

But, who exactly is Jenna Fox?. Post-coma Jenna, the New Jenna, isn't sure. She doesn't know why she can remember somethings so clearly while almost everything else is a blank, why she doesn't remember the accident that put her in a coma to begin with? Or who her best friends were? Or why her grandmother seems to hate her now?

As the days and weeks go by, Jenna struggles to find a sense of normalcy, she returns to school, makes new friends; and yet, at night, she's haunted by the voices of her old friends and the memory of a place so dark and deep that no one can hear you scream.

The story takes place in a not so distant future, where things like transgenic animals and plants have destroyed many natural ecosystems, antibiotics are nearly useless thanks to their overuse decades before (that would be in our time), and science and medicine are capable to accomplish the unthinkable. The Adoration of Jenna Fox speaks about that future, but more than that it makes you wonder at just how far parents will go for their child; and it also asks a big question, which Jenna tries to answer: what exactly makes us human?

It is hard to talk about Jenna without spoiling, so I'm afraid I might not be explaining myself but, for all that, believe me when I say The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a great book.


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