The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles)*

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Science Fiction YA

Published 4/29/08 by Henry Holt and Co.

Goodreads summary:

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 don’t know what I expected when picking up The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I had heard of it, of course and the handy-dandy sticker (complete with colorful little planets) on the side of my library copy informed me that it was Science Fiction.

So maybe I thought that it would be a fun adventure complete with a society with different rules and technology than ours.

And I was right.

But it was so much more than that.

What makes a person a person? What amount of a person must be made of homo sapien DNA to qualify? How much do our memories shape us?

These are the questions that Jenna Fox finds herself faced with. Is she unnatural? Should she still be here? How can she become her own person when she’s not even sure that she is one?

Quite the opposite of a run-of-the-mill Sci-Fi novel, The Adoration of Jenna Fox explores these questions amidst beautifully lyrical prose.

Rating: 4/5. This was written in such a way that I had to stop at times to reread sentences because they were so breath-taking that I had to absorb them twice.

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