The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox is one weird book…but in a good way.  Jenna Fox is seventeen, but she doesn’t really know who she is.  She has been in a coma for a year, and she only knows what her parents have told her.  Her grandmother appears to despise her, Jenna has little to no contact with the world outside her family’s new house, and her only connection with the girl she used to be comes in the form of sixteen years’ worth of home movies.

Gradually, though, Jenna begins to reclaim pieces of her memory and what led her to her current situation.  She knows she was in what should have been a fatal accident and that her parents broke nearly every scientific law known to man to ensure her survival.  What really happened to her?  Will anyone find out?  What or who is Jenna Fox, and why couldn’t her parents let her go?

This book paints a possible picture of what the world could look like in the not-too-distant future:  antibiotics becoming ineffective through overuse, pandemic diseases, fighting to preserve pure species of plants and animals, government control over what science can or cannot do, and basically regenerating humans who are on the verge of death.  It’s creepy to think about.

Although I did like this book, the ending was a little too neat for me.  I would have liked to see more conflict.  Also, there is an underlying political message in the book that could turn some readers off.  But I guess that’s just one more way to start some discussions.  I would recommend this book for readers interested in science and where it could or should take us in the future.

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