The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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?
This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication
I really want to give this book 3.5*, but this doesn't let me do that, so anyway. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was very good and the characters were great also. Well, the few characters that you got to know that is.
This book had a unique storyline I thought. It is about a girl named Jenna that is in a very bad accident. The accident is so severe that doctors do not believe that she is going to make it. In a moment of sheer desperation her parents decide to do something drastic to save her life. Something that is against the law and could end them up in jail if the authorities were ever to find out.
This book is set in the future but it doesn't tell you the year. You figure this out by the technology and the medical advances that are in this story. Speaking of medical advances...during this time there is a group called the FSEB that monitor how much medical treatment a person receives and they can say if someone has had too much or not. Example: surgeries, transplants-you are only allowed so many before you are cut off from receiving anymore, even if it will save your life. And if you still go ahead somehow and get stuff done regardless of their decision you can be thrown in jail.
So, this is what Jenna's parents were up against to save their one and only child. And because of what they did they had to keep Jenna in hiding so that their secret was not found out.
When the story begins Jenna has just recently come out of the coma she was in since the accident, over a year ago and so she is trying to remember things and become acquainted with everyone and everything again. But before long, Jenna starts remembering stuff that just confuses her and when she asks her parents about it she can tell that they are hiding something because of their response, or lack of.
The story basically centers around Jenna and her getting back on her feet, getting used to things and familiar with things again after being in a coma for such a long time and basically losing her memories. As the story progresses Jenna learns that her parents are hiding something and she is on a mission to discover what it is. When she does discover what it is they had been hiding from her she is not happy at all and doesn't agree with their decision and she makes sure that they know that too.
Jenna changed as a person for sure in this book. From being obedient and eager to learn and make others happy to being outspoken and sorry to say, but a little bit of a brat. Her parents to me didn't seem they changed too much. They believed in what they felt they had to do to save Jenna's life and even after hearing the way Jenna felt about it still believed in what they did. Another person who I believed grew was Jenna's grandma. In the beginning she straight out doesn't like Jenna, which you will find out why when you read the book, but as the story goes on she starts to have a warm spot in her heart for Jenna again.
Jenna meets three people in this story. One, who is her love interest, another who is her so-called friend and then another boy who I am not sure what his roll was in this story.
Overall, I think this book was good, I just wish there was more character development and I really wished that the story would have covered more. That there was a lot more that happened.
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