The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
When Jenna Fox wakes up, she has no memory of her past. She’s been in a coma for over a year and while her physical recovery seems to be progressing rapidly, her memory is slow to return. There are discs her mother gives her, hours of footage and photographs of Jenna’s life, but they don’t fill in all the blanks. What happened to Jenna? What is her family hiding from her? Why? And, most importantly, who is Jenna Fox?
In The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson has written a novel about a girl whose story seems all too believable and possible. It’s science fiction that will hook even the non-science fiction reader, like me. The story is suspenseful and the pacing excellent, particularly the way Pearson doles out information. Nothing is given away too soon, and nothing held back too long. The tension Pearson builds lasts for the duration of the book, even after Jenna discovers the truth. I could not put the book down. It also raises a lot of questions and manages to be very thought-provoking. I hesitate to say this because it’s a descriptor that sometimes makes books seem dull or boring, or worse, but it definitely applies to The Adoration of Jenna Fox and does not detract from the readability or excellence of Pearson’s writing at all. This would be a great book group selection for both teens and adults.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox will be published on April 29. In the meantime, visit http://www.adorationofjennafox.com/.