Review |The adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Jenna Fox wakes from a year-long from a coma following an accident. Her memory is a blank. Her family move into a cottage, far away from everything they once knew. To give her a quiet place to recover, they say. But Jenna feels that something isn’t right. Her parents are hiding things from her. Her grandmother speaks of Jenna before the accident, as if she was a different person. Slowly her memories start to trickle back and Jenna learns that her recovery has come at a terrible cost.

This book takes place somewhere in the future. That didn’t come through in the story at first, and led to a somewhat confusing moment further into the novel. It might just be because I’m not used to reading sci-fi and therefore slow on the uptake. ‘The adoration of Jenna Fox’ brings up a lot of questions around what happens when science goes to far, as well as what it is that makes us who we are.

The only perspective in the story, is Jenna, but you still get a wide variety of characters and her observations of them offers lot of depth, even though you never get a peek inside their heads. I pretty much gobbled this book down at record breaking speed and it stayed with me long after I finished reading. If you’re one of those people who enjoy a little bit of science fiction mixed with just an ounce of teen angst and a pinch of ethical philosophizing, then this might just be the book you’re looking for.