Sunday, August 15, 2010
Book Name: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Author/s: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher, year: Square Fish, 2009
Page total: 288
Date Read: August 11th-12th
Genre/s: Young-Adult, Sci-Fi, Futuristic Fiction
Synopsis/Description: 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?
First line of Book:"I used to be someone."
When I read this, I didn't know what to expect. The blurb doesn't satisfy anyone's curiosity, and I think that was one of the main reasons I read it. Curiosity.
When I started reading, I kept thinking "Another girl who wakes up after an X long coma?" but there's a part where you realize there's more to it than that, and that's when I got interested. The cover of the paperback version of the book (the one in the picture), though, gives you a clue to the questions: Who is Jenna Fox? What has happened? but what gave it away and made me guess were all the little things across the book, the things she says, the things she doesn't, what she notices, her conclusions, it all points to the truth, the reader just has to pay attention. I love this kind of books, but I'd love it even more if I hadn't guessed what would happen. I though it was kind of predictable in the main storyline (the others were absolute surprises) so it lost some points.
THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX is set in the future, you'll see that immediately. However, it's a different future, and the author chose not to focus on the utopia/dystopia matter, and I'm grateful for that, because this is better then that. Instead, this has some philosophical matters, but I can't say which, and that sucks :( But I can tell you that this is a well written, thought-provoking novel and that it is, indeed fresh.
Jenna is- I like Jenna.There's this part where she asks herself Why can I remember the details of the French Revolution but I can't remember if I ever had a best friend? She wants the truth and it's the truth she'll get. She is confused, but will not let is stop her from doing what she thinks should be done. Since this is told from her POV, we get a lot about her, but since she's very observant, you get to know the other characters pretty well too.
The ending was, without a doubt, the best part of the book: it's the conclusion to everything, and where Jenna makes sense of everything, of how the world has changed, the people have changed, everything has changed.
It's incredibly hard to review this book without spoiling anything, because there's so much happening, and the only way to properly discuss it is when the person we're talking to has read the book. If you decide to read THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, you'll see what I mean. And if you do, tell me, I'd love to discuss it with you.
Quotes from book:
"Some things aren't meant to be known. Only believed."
"My timing is off. But I had to get it out. Some things you have to tell, no matter how stupid they may sound. Some things you can't save for later. There might not be a later. "
"Faith and science, I have learned, are two sides of the same coin, separated by an expanse so small, but wide enough that one side can't see the other. They don't know they are connected."
"I decide that sometimes definitions are wrong. Even if they're written in a dictionary. Identities aren't always separate and distinct. Sometimes they ARE wrapped up with others. Sometimes, for a few minutes, maybe they can even be shared. And if I am ever fortunate enough to return to Mr. Bender's garden, I wonder if the birds will see that piece of him that is wrapped up in me."
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