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The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, Bk 1)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Jenna Fox Chronicles, Bk 1
Author: Mary E. Pearson
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 fascina...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312594411
ISBN-10: 0312594410
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Square Fish
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 686 more book reviews
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This is a very gripping and unique tale of a world where antibiotics are no longer effective and lasting consequences have occurred. Medical technology has also advanced where organs can be preserved for long periods of time. Jenna awakes with no memory of an accident which put her in a year-long coma and no memory of her family or life before. She struggles to find her sense of self and decide who she is. I highly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 1
"How far would you go to save someone you love?"

As a teen novel, this book works on many levels. There's the usual teen angst (trying to fit in, self-discovery, dealing with parents, falling in love). But there's also deeper levels here - what it means to be a human, what is a soul, what is the mind.

Jenna Fox is a 17 year old girl who wakes from a year+ long coma and finds herself in a world that is foreign to her. As her memory slowly returns, and as she begins to uncover some secrets her parents are keeping, she finds that she has found more questions than answers.

Can Jenna accept that sometimes there aren't answers at all?
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I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I actually had a friend that guessed what was going on before I even got to the parts in the book. Overall it was an ok story; not something that I would normally read. If you are looking for a book with a lot of action then this is definitely not it, it's more of a "who am I?" type of book with more thought and emotion in it than anything else.
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reviewed The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 2527 more book reviews
I have been wanting to read this book forever and finally got it from the library. It was an intriguing book that brings up a ton of questions about the morality of genetic engineering and tries to answer the question of how far a parent would or should go to save their child.

Jenna wakes up from a one year coma not knowing who she is or what happened. She is told by the people who say they are her parents that she got in a terrible car accident and has been in a coma for a year. Her only link to the past is a box of videos from when she grew up. Now she has a grandmother who hates her, and parents who are afraid to let her leave the house. She needs answers to some questions. Who is she really? What really happened last year?

This book is written from Jenna's viewpoint. She is a fascinating character and it was wonderful to follow her as she started to regain her memories and piece together her story. Some of the revelatoions she makes throughout the story are seriously earth-shattering. I was absolutely enthralled by this book from the first sentence to the end of the book.

The side characters are just as engaging. All of them have secrets and are fighting their own struggles. Reading and watching all the mysteries unwind was a totally engaging experience.

The plot and topic matter are complex and make you think. This book brooches some seriously deep topics. For example how far would you go to save your child? How far should you go? How much of a person can be genetically re-engineered before they aren't human? How much of an original person needs to be left for that person to still be themselves? Should these things be regulated by individuals, the government, a separate entity?

I loved the epilogue and how it tied up all of the loose ends of the story. I just got the book The Fox Inheritance through the Amazon Vine program so I look forward to reading that book as well.

Overall just an excellent and mind-blowing story. It gives you so much to think about and was such a great read. I loved this story and think everyone should read it. It is appropriate for young adult and older. Hopefully The Fox Inheritance will be just as awesome.
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The Adoration of Jenna Fox explores the ethics of biomedical engineering in a way that is rarely seen in YA fiction. Told from Jenna's point of view, the narrative follows her as she wakes in a world with few memories of her life before. As they come trickling back, so do the circumstances surrounding the family move to California, her parents' secrecy, her grandmother's inexplicable dislike for her, and a bevy of question surrounding the why and wherefore of what makes a person human, where the line between legality and illegality lies in the biomedical and healthcare communities, and how people can define themselves when all they thought they knew about their identity has been torn away.

This is most appropriate for readers 10th grade and up. Advanced readers as young as 8th grade may enjoy the book, but much of the narrative's power lies in the subtext and questions of ethics, which may go over younger readers' heads. This would be particularly good as an in-class novel for group discussion or for exploration in an essay, owing to the controversial subject matter and Jenna's individual struggle with identity, with which most teens should be able to identify.