Friday, February 11, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson

I would never have picked this book up if it hadn’t been for creating a sci-fi list and
reading the blurb. It is an amazing book that puts forth so many ethical questions applicable in today’s society.

Exactly who is Jenna Fox? Well, many teens will find her search for identity similar to
theirs, except . . . Jenna has the complication of bio-technology.

After a terrible car accident, Jenna Fox, a seventeen-year-old girl, awakens from a year-long coma to find out that she doesn't remember anything of herself or her accident. Jenna doesn't recognize the world she lives in: a new house in a new state, with parents who seem to adore her but control her every movement. Slowly, Jenna starts to learn things again, and discovers truths her parents want to keep hidden from her--truths that involve her own identity. This is a science-fiction book set in a not-so-distant future
Besides Jenna's search for identity, the main theme is science and the bioethical implications of human manipulation of DNA. How far will you go to save someone you love? How far is it ethically acceptable to go, to save a human life? It is a uniquely written book. As Jenna looks up new words in the dictionary to register their meaning, the reader is also drawn to analyze words more closely and to discover new meanings of these words. Through Jenna's eyes, we learn of a different world, one that could reasonably exist in a not-so-distant future, if scientific developments continue at today's pace.

Rating 5 out of 5

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