I had no idea what this book was about before I started reading it as it had been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time. But that also meant that I must have read about it at some point and found whatever I read interesting enough to make me buy it. And it was a good one.
Title: The adoration of Jenna Fox
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Originally published: 2010
Genre: Young adult, Science fiction
The dice landed on: 5
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?
In its heart this is a book about what it means to be human, about being alive, about what it is to grow up and becoming your own person, about love, about loss and about choices. Basically, the whole book is one long discussion on ethics wrapped in a very good story. What is right to do? Who should make those choices? Is there a percentage for what qualifies as human? And how far will you go for someone you love?
I liked Jenna, and really felt with her in her confusion, fear, anger and joy. Sometimes I felt she was a bit too self-centered, but then I also realized that she is 17, and being self-centered is a big part of the growing up business for most of us.
I see that this book is now the first in a series, but it’s certainly not necessary to read the next novels after reading the first one. I see that lots of people don’t like the way the book ends, but I actually really did, and my feeling is that the ending indicates that the series came as an afterthought after the first novel was finished.
This is not an action packed novel, but it’s still very exciting.
Well worth reading!