Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Adoration of Jenna Fox...random thoughts



The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.

First off, let me say thanks to Becky, for it was she would urged me to pick this book up. Secondly, let me say that I have no idea of how to review this book. The problem being that I just don't want to give too much away. This is truly a book where you want to allow things to be slowly revealed to you.

I can say that Jenna Fox is a 17-year-old girl, who is trying to discover who she is. But not entirely in the way a normal teenager must search for their identity and meaning in life. No, Jenna just woke up from a coma and doesn't remember anything about herself. Gradually, she remembers little snippets about her former life, but nothing that gives her a feel for "who she is".

Maybe that is all any life is composed of, trivia that eventually adds up to a person...


I found that to be an interesting thought. But believe me, this book is nowhere as simple as I've made it sound.

It is definitely one those books that gets you thinking about many issues. Most especially, what is it that makes us human?

And there's lots to ponder in the realm of medical ethics.

And I must admit, as a parent, it left me a little unsettled, thinking about the lengths I might go to save one of my children.

Okay, I realize this isn't much of a review...like I said, I really don't want to give anything about the story away. But I loved it. I found Jenna utterly believable. And I loved the interesting way the book was written...in short "not quite chapters". And the way the author made me think about the meaning of words that inhabit our daily lives.

*****

If you have reviewed this book, feel free to leave a link in the comments and I'll add it here. Thanks.

Becky at Becky's Book Reviews
Kim at Bold Blue Adventure

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Read for:



A-Z Reading Challenge.








42 Challenge.













The YA Reading Challenge. (a substitute)

12 comments:

towerofbooks said...

Now I'm intrigued. It seems like a good book.

Somer said...

I'm looking forward to this one making its way to the top of my TBR stack. This was one of the gems I picked up at TLA in April!

Dawn said...

I think I am going to add this to my list. Who knows, maybe on my next library trip I'll look for it.

take care,
Dawn

cj said...

Now that sounds like one heck of a book. Thanks for the great review.

cjh

Dewey said...

Aha! I didn't even think of this book for the 42 challenge, but of course it fits!

And I agree, nothing about this book is simple.

Chris said...

I've been salivating over this one for awhile now. To be honest when I first saw it I had no desire at all to read it. I thought it was some big chick-lit teen book because that's what it looks like from the cover and title (I hate bad advertising) But then I heard reviews and saw the word "sci-fi" thrown into reviews and now I'm all about it! Thanks for another great review :)

Debi said...

Chris,
I know what you mean. If it hadn't been for Becky's insistence that I would love this book, I don't think I'd have ever given it a second look.

Nymeth said...

It was more than enough of a review to really, really intrigue me! One more for the wishlist.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the thoughtful non-review. You definitely piqued my interest. It's, sigh, added to the TBR list. It never ends, does it? :o)

Joy said...

This sounds interesting, Debi. However, Chris (above) just mentioned Sci-Fi and that makes me want to run the other way. (a wee bit of an exaggeration there) Anyway, what's your take on the "sci-fi" components?

Debi said...

Joy,
It's not sci-fi in the ways I immediately think of...aliens, space travel, etc. But it is sci-fi in that the medical technologies have progressed far beyond our today. Does that help? :)

Joy said...

Yes, it does - tremendously. I think I can handle that. :)