Monday, February 28, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
By Mary E. Pearson
September 1, 2009 (I think I have my covers/editions mixed up, but just go with it.)
Square Fish; Reprint edition, 288 pages

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma—so she’s been told—and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She’s been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won’t anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions. What happened to Jenna Fox? And who is she really?

— description

This is the type of book that makes me feel very, very shallow. Oh, I don't mean it in the awful way that sounds. But a lot of the book is asking the BIG questions. What makes us human? Where is the line drawn when it comes to what is or isn't humane? Or ethical? And so on.

Bah! I never sit around thinking of these things, which makes me believe Mary Pearson is a very smart person. Perhaps she should have taken that philosophy class for me that I so dreaded in college. Sigh.

Okay, but the point is this: I'm glad Mary Pearson is thinking these BIG thoughts. It makes for a very interesting, surprising read. This book is very sci-fi—which is not what I expected going into it.

But it was, like I said, quite thoughtful. Not a reread, not a total wow, but quite enjoyable.

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  1. Hmm I was close to getting this but never quite got there. Thinking of your review it is up my ally since I like my thought provoking reads but then they tend to be amazing to. I shall see, thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I enjoy sci-fi, and I like those 'deep' reads - glad you enjoyed it! I will likely pick this up soon!

    PS - that frosh philosophy class was BS - you were probably better off ;)

  3. I absolutely loved this book, but I was expecting a bit of sci-fi, and I like the deeper books to balance my shallow reading. Great thoughts, Anna :)

  4. This was a good book! And just the other day I remembered I never wrote a review for it, oops! Great review!

  5. Ooh! I think I might like this one. I love me some deep thinking balance out all the other non-thinking books I read (umm and the trashy tv I'm prone to watch)

  6. Yeah, I certainly never ask the big questions - but yay for a book that makes us think beyond our typical "shallowness."

  7. I think I'm in the mood for a good thought provoking read. And the story does seem interesting. I think I'll keep a look out for this at the library!

  8. I loved this book -- and its questions about what it means to be human and the ethics of medical technology and research. Not to mention the family dynamic was deep, to be sure. But a gripping read, I thought! Thanks for your review.

  9. I have this book in my TBR pile, but this cover version is much prettier than the one I have. I'll eventually get to this book - someday.


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