Faith and science, I have learned, are two sides of the same coin, separated by an expanse so small, but wide enough that one side can t see the other They don t know they are connected Oh man, this was a strange one How can a book be simple, yet complicated at the same time So strange that I don t even know how to rate it I m only sure that Pearson is a very talented author Her Remnant Chronicles are among my all time favourite series and this one is so so different from it, in a good way It shows that Pearson has many great, unique ideas I can t say too much about this book without comletely spoiling everything The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a very quiet, thoughtful book It s largely about family, unconditional love adoration, identity and all the life s grey areas It s a mystery that makes you think An unusual book.I really loved the first half of the book, the beginning grabbed me Somewhere towards the last part of the book it dragged just a tiny bit for me, but then the ending and the epilogue caught me completely by surprise I don t think I ve ever read a book like this before It s the kind of read that will either really work for you, or make you totally confused I love these type of books I d really love to read such types of YAoften, there s just something so quietly intelligent and atmospheric about it I really liked the characters, basically all of them But especially Jenna and Lily, her grandmother There s a bit of romance too, a very soft and kind one, but I was glad that it never overshadowed the themes of family and self identity A very thought provoking book for me Recommended if you don t mind slow moving books and want to read something a little bit differentWhere we are going, I don t know It doesn t seem to be the place that is important but the steps in between The Adoration of Jenna Fox fits nicely into a science fiction medical category that includes films like Gattaca or books like Starters As medicine advances, ethical questions begin to develop about treatment, life and death and humanity needs to answer them But, one thing that remains the same throughout all of these technical changes, is the power of the love that parents have for their child.Even now, people sign do not resuscitate orders so that medicine won t keep them in a vegetative state for indeterminate periods of time The occurrence of near death experiences has exploded since CPR and other life saving techniques have developed.Imagine sometime in the near future, when bio implants can be used to stop or even reverse internal damage What if we figure out how to turn the aging gene off How then will we handle death with dignity Or will we even be able to accept death at all I listened to an interview with the author in which she said that she wrote this book because her own teenager was diagnosed with cancer She went through the terror and did whatever was necessary to save her child Along the way, she ran into parents whose children were terminally ill but had no viable treatment options Pearson realized how lucky she and her daughter were and it sparked her imagination.It s a worthy a question how far would you go to save someone you love I recommend this book to anyone who wants to consider the possible answer. Who Is Jenna Fox Seventeen Year Old Jenna Has Been Told That Is Her Name She Has Just Awoken From A Coma, They Tell Her, And She Is Still Recovering From A Terrible Accident In Which She Was Involved A Year Ago But What Happened Before That Jenna Doesn T Remember Her Life Or Does She And Are The Memories Really Hers This Fascinating Novel Represents A Stunning New Direction For Acclaimed Author Mary Pearson Set In A Near Future America, It Takes Readers On An Unforgettable Journey Through Questions Of Bio Medical Ethics And The Nature Of Humanity Mary Pearson S Vividly Drawn Characters And Masterful Writing Soar To A New Level Of Sophistication Huh, interesting This book is the short first person narrative of a teenaged girl, told in a string of tiny sections, sometimes just a sentence or two, as she and the reader piece together her memory after waking from an accident Justine Larbalestier s Liar is the short first person narrative of a teenaged girl, told in a string of tiny sections, sometimes just a sentence or two, as she deliberately obscures the truth and jerks the reader around And yet Jenna Fox was the book I found artificial, over constructed, manipulative.I dunno, it s an issue book, and it s subtle like a blow to the head I wanted to like itthan I did, because there s actually a lot of nice things going on here with a mother daughter relationship, and even some gestures towards a nuanced treatment of the issues But this is a book about science, and the people caught bleeding on its edge, and it got really far up my nose in the way discussions about what it truly means to be human always do Because these narratives about how far science should or shouldn t go are, when you scrape away everything else, just shittily disguised exercises inbody xenophobia I mean look, these are books about reconstructed bodies and reconstituted physical and neurological lives, and they re all, but what if I m not huuuuuuman any, weep wail It s disability anxiety dressed up pretty Altered body anxiety All dependent on this notion of human as something narrow and prescriptive that you obviously should worry about losing if you ever, gasp, get hurt and need medical intervention Waithang on .I had a revelation, though There was an author interview at the end of my audiobook in which Pearson sort of casually defined what ethics means to her And apparently what ethics means to her is how we feel about things Seriously, she thinks ethics is what we feel is right And I was like, holy shit, that s what people thinkIt just made sense out of a decade of my life My God Look, okay Ethics isn t about how we feeeeel You know why Because we feeeeel like assholes We feel subconscious but measurable anxiety at the presence of people with darker skin than us we feel in unarticulated but measurable ways that people always have a right to speak up for themselves unless they happen to be women we feel in subtle but measurable ways that disabled people are upsetting to look at and should just go away We are racists, we are sexists, we are deeply ablest we are assholes So the notion that we can just look into our feelings and find some clean, instinctive, right, ethical answer is utter nonsense Ethics isn t what you feel in your heart, and anyone who says so is giving themselves permission to be an asshole.Which explains everything about this book Because it is all about how people feel in their hearts about how they are ablest assholes who ignore things like, um, consent and not at all about ethics. The accident was over a year ago I ve been awake for two weeks Over a year has vanished I ve gone from sixteen to seventeen A second woman has been elected president A twelfth planet has been named in the solar system The last wild polar bear has died Headline news that couldn t stir me I slept through it allSeventeen year old Jenna Fox can t remember who she is For the last year and a half she s been in a perpetual state of vegetation, and upon waking she can remember nothing from her former life The memory of her family, friends, and even simple words like curious has vanished But even as bits and pieces of her memory begin to resurface, with the help of home videos and much encouragement from her parents, Jenna can t keep from feeling like something is wrong with her, what her parents are telling her, and with this life she s being told is her own.Set in the not so distant future, The Adoration of Jenna Fox will entertain and shock its readers with suspense, romance, and evolutionary science.This is one of those books that is very hard to discuss without being spoilery, but I will endeavor to do so.For Jenna Fox, there a lot of things that don t add up Like how a video of her from seven years ago showing a scar on her chin doesn t compute with the unmarred flesh there now, how her parents keep evading her questions, and how she can t remember anything about the accident that lead to her coma.And her parents irrational limitations are suffocating Even when Jenna starts to get her footing, she s not allowed to leave the house, not allowed to go to school How is Jenna supposed to get back her life when her parents won t let her They keep telling her it s for the best, but Jenna knows something off.I kept trying to guess at what direction Pearson was taking this story, and how science would fit into it all I didn t even come close The eventual revelation of why Jenna can t remember her life before the coma and why she feels so misplaced is as shocking as it is intriguing.The romance element is light, but very effective It takes back burner to the main plot as it should IMO , but it plays an essential role in the story Jenna feels lost and confused, and Ethan helps her feel centered and less afraid.If you think you don t like science fiction, you should try this book Sci fi is not even my third choice when browsing genres at the library, but I can honestly say that this book has awakened a strong interest in the genre for me And on that note, if you read this review and happen to have any sci fi recommendations, or you know of any books similar to this, be they YA or adult, please send them my way.Note Although my opinion on this book still stands, I have changed my rating for it, because the two sequels to this book aren t to my liking Originally rated 4 stars, now is 3.5 with a round down of 3. Set in the not too distant future, this is a story that deals with medical ethics and how far is too far to preserve human life Jenna Fox, 17, has just awoken from an 18 month long coma following a horrific accident At first, she has no memory of who she is or what happened, but she remembers details bit by bit She gets the sense that there isto the story than her parents lead her to believe, especially regarding the secrecy of her accident and the self imposed isolation of the family Throughout much of the book, the reader is not quite sure who to trust Although science fiction, there is a minor romance side plot between Jenna and Ethan, a boy from school with a shady past The conflict grows as additional characters are introduced Alyss who is a victim of the future s regulation of antibiotics and she has lost limbs due to bacterial infections and Dane, another shady character, whose complete story and true nature are unfortunately never cleared up Also, Mr Bender the neighbor who years ago had a change of identity his story remains a bit fuzzy throughout chapters are very brief and interspersed with well done poems relaying Jenna s emotions real spoiler Overall an interesting read about the length a parent will go to to save a child, as well as what makes a person real and were does the soul go in such a situation Jenna has an identity crisis is she the real Jenna, while only 10% if she is real then what happened to the original Jennaand her soul Jenna cannot age, does not eat, breathe, etc She, essentially, is a medical creation with the memories of her former life uploaded into hershe has gone from the computer box storage her hell for 18 months where they kept her mind moving into a man made Blue gel storage There is also the suspense of her illegal status and whether or not she will be found out, and if so, what will happen to her She is torn between resentment of her new state and gratitude of life Her potential adversary, Alyss, who opposes artificial life as unethical, eventually becomes her peer when her body is dying and her parents plead with Jenna s despite Alyss s dying wish to turn Jenna in The afterward is 260 years later, and we know that Alyss and Jenna live together and that Jenna and Ethan spent 70 years together, many years after which Jenna has his child presumably through surrogate or the like Apparently in the future the laws and perceptions have changed, and then people like her are not illegal, however 10% is the minimum, and then they are designed to age and die out after a normal life expectancy, unlike Jenna and Alyss, who do not age and whom Jenna s father listed as a 2 200 year life expectancy260 years later Jenna is still around and has plans to move back to cold Boston, where the climate is inhospitable to her typebecause no parent should outlive the child interesting book, lots of discussion points However I think it is too complex for the average Cafe Book reader. Actual Rating 2.5 stars.I get why this book is liked by so many people.Personally, I didn t connect to it or the characters It is an interesting premise but I need stories that are preferably packed with drama, conflicts and emotions The issues explored here, the ethics and morals of what makes a human, are interesting, but too light These topics are reflected in a superficial way, that although might be ideal for teenagers, it left me wanting, incomplete I would have enjoyed the storywith a deeper examination and discernment of these hypothesis After all, the robot human postulate is not a new idea, and we have seen plenty of theories and interpretations with much deliberation and greater argumentation To conclude, I ll just surmise it by saying that although Jenna s reflections have potential, the final feeling of the story is insufficient if you are an adult reader, so to properly enjoy it it would be best to be a young reader.P.S The audiobook narrator is very good. I love to read good books This is one of them.I was a bit suspicious about it after seeing that the reviews were not that great, so I was a bit afraid to read it. I love surprises too If you want a lot of action, this is not a book for you If you want something really funny, this is not a book for you If you want a teen love story this is not a book for you If you want something about future and technology and stuff like that. well, you got it, this is not for you either.This is a book about being human, about being alive, about second chances, about how precious the memories are, about life, about how far will a parent go for a child I loved to see how the memories came back to Jenna, I loved to see her realize the truth, and even if it is written in a strange different style I loved that too about it.I liked Jenna mostly I liked the fact that her thoughts came in bits, short propositions sometimes not related one with another I liked Lily I liked Ethan and I loved the fact that it was not that kind of I see you I am madly in love with you story or that I am a teenager in love so I only think about that boy story either And I liked the ending, even if I think that it was a bit too fast compared to everything else in this book.The only think that I missed and wanted so badly in the end was some sense of responsibility from Jenna s part I wished for her to understand that it was not all about her feelings they made her think she was the center of the world so she acted like that and made some bad judgements , I wanted her to realize that all those people starting with her parents risked everything for her and she was about to make them lose it all view spoiler She never took this into consideration while not telling that someone knew about her secret and there was a chance to be found by the authorities It was all about good luck that she had her happy ending hide spoiler Interesting The adoration of Jenna Fox is many things It is a young adult speculative fiction novel for girls who don t like science fiction a coming of age novel for people who eschew the touchy feely me a medical thriller, fully as suspenseful as early Robin Cook a meditation on choices nearly as profound as Walden, which it frequently quotesAnd I think it is, very subtly, a pro life statement.Now, I, like the reviewers at SLJ, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, etc., and my colleague Other Paula, who recommended it to me, enjoyed this book I liked Jenna, who has awoken from a coma with no memory, and who struggles to assimilate information that will help her interpret her world and make sense of her often conflicting impressions I enjoyed watching her evaluate her former life, explore her new life, and forge a new identity from the best pieces of both The near future world that Pearson has invented, full of genetically engineered species and antibiotic resistant bacteria and oxygenated transplant gel loaded with neurochips, is both believable and intriguing And I thought that waking from a coma was a serviceable metaphor for teenagers just beginning to realize that they are not merely extensions of or reactions against their parents, and that they can choose what kind of person to be.But although this book is a suspenseful, thrilling read, I went through it slowly, because there s a lot going on in it beyond the mystery of Jenna s past Specifically, the frequent ethics discussions merit very close attention.In Jenna s world, Science it almost wears a capital S in this book is responsible for the disappearance of native species and an epidemic that killed a quarter of the world s population In response, the federal government has enacted laws and created an ethics board that controls access to and application of advanced medical treatments To ensure equitable access, a point system is in place, under which every person is assigned 100 points Medical procedures use up those points physicians decide whether a person needs , say, biofeedback software for their prosthetic limbs, or a kidney, or a heart transplant, based on how many points they have left.Jenna is the daughter of a biotechnology billionaire, and she has recovered from a truly devastating car accident I don t think I m giving away too much of the plot when I say that Jenna has exceeded her points.This fact, along with various revelations pertaining to what was lost and what recovered from Jenna s body after the crash, as well as a quadruple amputee whom she meets at school, and the fate of her best friends from before the accident, leads Jenna to question her right and desire to be alive.I was skating right along with Jenna, feeling her dilemmas, rejoicing in her rebellions, all the way up to the book s ending, an artificial feeling happy coda set two hundred and forty years later 240 years is a long time long enough, presumably, for a character to gain complete perspective And 240 years later, Jenna is content with her choices, and the world s society backs her up She muses on faith and science, and thinks that they are two sides of the same coin At this point, I thought to myself, Faith Was this book about faith Earlier in the book, Jenna wondered if she had a soul, and her grandmother is Catholic and then I realized that Jenna s post coma memories include events that happened before she could talk a near drowning as a toddler, her baptism, and being in her mother s womb This representation of a fetus s perceptions and feelings is extremely provocative and, amid Pearson s well written examinations of the meaning and value of human life, I think it s unnecessary It made me go back and re examine all of the science and ethics in the book.I feel sure that Mary Pearson did not write The Adoration of Jenna Fox as Christian or pro life propaganda although, if that title isn t Jesus y enough for you, I ll write the sequel, and call it Ecce Jenna.Until that ending, I would even say that her presentation of the ethical issues faced by the characters is basically balanced though that point system thing rather reeks of pro life rhetoric If the book had been left open ended, I would recommend it without reservation It could be used in many terrific science class discussion topics some of which are listed in the discussion guide, some, not Teen literature should challenge convictions, should poke holes in the status quo.But resolving Jenna s ethical conflicts presenting her choice as the one right choice damages the credibility of the book Sure, it s just fiction, but I d like to give this bookcredit than that You quote Walden that much, you kind of better be prepared to defend your choices.This review originally published on Pink Me I can t say much about this book without being spoilery I do have to say that because the plot relies so much on secrecy, I would ve never picked it up based on the cryptic jacket flap I didn t touch it until I had heard so many recommendations I couldn t take it I can say this The characterization is wonderful and consistent, the characters are likable, and the plot was surprising Even as I guessed at the twists might be through the book, I was never quite right and even when I was close, the author s telling was so fresh and honest that it read as true surprise Highly recommend wondering why all my reviews are five stars Because I m only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel s presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement I can t believe I just said hearty It sounds like a stew.