Friday, April 18, 2008
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Jenna Fox wakes up from a coma and things just don't seem right. She doesn't remember her own family or friends and she can't remember the incident that put her into the coma in the first place. Her parents encourage her to gain her memories back by watching movies from her childhood (which they filmed in great detail). In spite of her personal memory loss, Jenna knows historical facts and can quote Thoreau word-for-word. On top of all this strangeness, her family appears to be hiding out in California and Jenna's grandmother no longer accepts her in the family. Little by little Jenna pieces things together and finds out a startling truth about who she used to be and who she is now. The secret is revealed part way through this novel, but suspense builds to the end and the ethical questions resonate. This book will lead to many discussions about the value of life, the essence of what makes someone human, and the role of technology in human survival.