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: [rating:3]

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