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April 24, 2009 posted by Nikki

The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson

Jenna Fox doesn’t know who she is. After a horrible accident, she wakes up only to find that she can’t remember anything at all. She’s lucky, though, because she’s got two committed parents that documented every part of her life on film and now all she has to do is watch her history on the television and piece all the memories back together. As Jenna watches the tapes, though, she feels like something is … wrong.

And Jenna is right.

You see, she’s not really Jenna anymore. Not in the sense that you and I understand the concept of a human being, anyway. Her parents – incredibly smart scientists – couldn’t stand the thought of losing their precious daughter after Jenna’s car accident, and when they were told that there was no chance she was going to make it, they took it upon themselves to see that Jenna survived – at all costs. Now, only ten-percent of her body is human and her memories are actually data uploads that her parents scanned from her brain before they made the transformation. But ten-percent isn’t enough. It is considered illegal for any one person to possess more than ten percent. So for Jenna, that means she is ninety percent illegal.

Imagine learning these things about yourself. How would you cope with knowledge like that? Personally, I don’t think I would cope. I’d crumble into a thousand tiny pieces. So all things considered, Jenna handles things well enough. As best as can be expected from anyone her age, in her position. But what about the fact that she is illegal? That means she can’t tell anyone about her body. Suddenly, with no one to talk to, Jenna feels more alone than she ever thought possible.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a slow moving novel. I found it irritating that it took so long to learn what was wrong with Jenna. By the time the revelation occurred, I was so frustrated that I almost didn’t care anymore. Jenna herself also irked the bananas out of me. She whined a lot, and I know that she has a whole lot to be whiny about, but there was something about the way she whined that annoyed me. As far as protagonists go, she certainly isn’t one of my favourites. But I do think that the story holds some interesting discussion points that people today should be thinking about. With the way we’re progressing with science and technology, society may find itself dealing with those very issues sooner than you think.

All in all, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a great concept that just lacked a little in its execution.

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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10 Comments

  • My thoughts exactly. I’ve heard almost all RAVES about this book, so I was surprised by how little the novel did for me.

  • Same here. Everywhere I went, everyone was saying how good it was. But it left me feeling a little blah, you know?

  • I’m so relieved to hear you say that. I thought I was the only one! I gave up midway though because I figure that life is too short!

  • This book have a georgeous look…!!! I like read but not is publishing in spanish for now that is my mother languaje. Also, I thinking buy in amazon to read in because i need read it Ù.U XD

    Your blog is so nice nikki, and very join 😉

    I come here often ^^

    A kiss 😉

  • wow, i’m surprised this book got such a bad reveiw. i really enjoyed this book, and while i was also a little impateint in the begining i think it was worth it. i loved the writing style used, and the voice and mood created. the issues jenna tackled were also really thought provoking, and i dont mean the illegal part, i mean the am-i-a-person-do-i-have-a-soul? part. i did an oral book report on this book, and i’v recomended it to every one of my friends.

  • i loveeeeddddddd this booookkk<3 it wassss sooooo intesting!!!!!:)))

  • It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, but I do remember that I was very impressed by it. I liked the slow exposition, it was sort of mysterious and subtly thrilling. It kept me guessing. And maybe it’s just because I haven’t read too many sci-fiish books before, but I found the the whole concept of the book to be very interesting and different.
    I like this book :)

  • i loved this book!!! i thought that is was amasing the jenna deals with the fact of “i am only 10% human!?!? thing” and the fact her parents keep it from her reely bothed me becuz if i was her mom that would be one of the first things i would tell my daughter/son so ya it also buged me that her mom wint into full melt doun mode when she cut herself (when she fell) and waned to go to school i mean come on get a grip also the fact that her aunt compleatly hates her so one more thing her nabhor is one of her only frinds and thats sad but i do like the fact that she goes to a small school bucuz if she wint to one like minle with almost 3000 students that would be a real big jump wich she would not need
    thank for reading boo

  • I found this book completely frustrating and obnoxious. When I finished it, I felt like my time had been wasted. The ending felt tacked on and like it went against most of the conclusions the rest of the book had drawn.

    What on earth is the author trying to argue here? We see proof after proof after proof that the medical/biotech industry has gone off the rails in this universe, bacteria and viruses that can’t be medicated, food crops that are tainted, etc. Why does the character who believes in governmental regulation get made over into a freaky blue-goo girl herself, and we get no explanation of how this is reconciled?

    What about the tremendous privilege required for someone to receive such a procedure? Either the author did a lousy job of making Jenna the antagonist who we are supposed to scorn (made her too neutral, instead of more dis-likable), OR she is an amoral Big-Pharma sympathizer.

    SERIOUSLY!

  • With almost everything that appears to be building within this specific area, all your points of view are actually somewhat exciting. In any case I did take pleasure in reading it.

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