The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson Review

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 |
Who is Jenna Fox?
Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a year-long coma, and she's still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. Her parents show her home movies of her life, her memories, but she has no recollection. Is she really the same girl she sees on the screen?

Little by little, Jenna begins to remember. Along with the memories come questions- questions no on wants to answer for her. What really happened after the accident?

As I was reading the first 100 pages, I became very puzzled. The storyline was good, but I couldn't latch on to the character at all. The only way I could describe Jenna was like slick marble- nothing to hold on to, no matter how you tried. And the puzzling part was that I knew the author wanted it that way. The only other book I've read that was similar to this was Anthem, by Ayn Rand. And that's a classic. And everyone knows that, as a student, you don't argue with the classics. But that's another post.

{A small spoiler in the first sentence of the next paragraph}

And suddenly, click! Jenna starts to feel human, just as you learn that she may not be. From there, the book took a huge turn upward for me. I actually found myself enjoying Pearson's sparse writing style (I'm usually more of a detail girl myself). All the pieces started fitting together, and by the end I was extremely happy with it. I plan on reading more of Mary E. Pearson's books just to see what I've been missing.

Rating: 9/10


Anonymous said...

Sounds good!

Great review :)

Melanie said...

This book sounds really good! The cover is absolutely gorgeous. Does Jenna suffer from amnesia?

Cate said...

Yep, Jenna can't remember anything for a while. As the book goes on, she does get some flashbacks, but for the most part, she's trying to find out who she is. Aren't we all? :)

Rhiannon Hart said...

I had a false start with this book too and almost gave up on it. You're right, the after the first 100 pages it gets so good and I'm very glad I persisted. This is one I plan to review for my dystopia challenge as I read it earlier in the year and it's just such an unusual book.

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