Title: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Genre: Teen/YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Jenna Fox wakes up one morning to find she has no memory of her life. She knows she’s seventeen years old, and that she’s been in a coma for a year. But why can’t she remember what happened before that? Why are there locked doors in the house, and why do her parents whisper when they think she isn’t listening? What are they hiding from her?
I’ve been enjoying the wave of dystopian novels I’ve been reading lately, so when I heard about The Adoration of Jenna Fox, my curiosity was definitely piqued. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this much-hyped novel, though I had some mixed feelings about it once I was finished.
I liked the character of Jenna and her fight for independence. Watching her grow, remember, and process the information she was given was definitely satisfying. I also appreciated the world that Pearson built – though everything isn’t perfect, it’s not doom and gloom like a lot of dystopian novels. Also, the fact that it’s a standalone novel makes it refreshing.
However, I wasn’t sure what to make of the novel as a whole. I figured out the secret about 30 pages in, which took a lot of the fun out of the book, as information doesn’t start getting revealed until about halfway through. Though I liked the fact that it was a much quieter novel than most works of dystopian fiction, the ending was a bit anti-climactic for my tastes. That’s not to say the ending was bad, it just seemed to be building up to something…and then nothing really happened.
Despite my mixed feelings on The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I’m glad I picked up this book. It’s nice to know what everyone was raving about, and while it wasn’t necessarily the best choice for me, I know fans of YA dystopian fiction will likely love this one.