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Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary Pearson

I listened to this very wild futuristic sci-fi book on my iPod, and it was a really weird book. It was good, but it was weird.

Jenna Fox had been in a coma for a year, but just before this book begins, she woke up. and now she's having to try and figure out exactly what's going on, because clearly something's up. One of the ways Jenna learns about herself before the accident is watching DVDs of home movies. Most of the things on the videos are things Jenna doesn't remember at all, but sometime little pieces come back to her. Another way she learns is hints given to her by her grandmother. She sometimes asks direct questions, too, but these often leave her with more questions than answers. Jenna also sneaks around trying to find things out when she gets really desperate.

Becasue this story deals with some complex issues an because it requires a high level of inference, this book is probably best for readers 8th grade and up or very strong an mature younger readers. This book is a fictional story, but it deals with questions of bioethics that we may really have to grapple with not so far in the future. It brings up some interesting possibilities, but I don't know that I'd really want them.

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