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Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Author: Mary E. Pearson

Release Date: 1st February 2009 (Australia)

My Rating: 3/5

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?

When I picked up this book I had a very different idea/impression of what the story was going to be about. Ultimately I really like the concept of 'how far is too far?', medical ethics and scientific developments. It is very different to what is around in the YA market at the moment. I was quite surprised with the ending concerning Allys. Also, Jenna's other classmates were introduced as though they were going to play a pivotal role but it just didn't happen. And what about Dane, 'Mister Mysterious' who never really gets explained. While I understand the story is about Jenna finding herself and her family, I think the storyline with her classmates should have lead somewhere. Still, this is a great novel that asks some serious questions and deals with plenty of issues (medical ethics and technology, identity, everyday teen struggles, independence and family).

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