The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805076689
  • ASIN: B003H4REEQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

 

1 comments:

This is a great novel that will challenge readers while also entertaining them with a good story. Highly recommended!

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