Book Review: The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary Pearson

Title: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Author: Mary E. Pearson
ISBN: 9780312594411
Pages: 288
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Genre: Teen/YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

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?

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. I was actually smitten with this book, but after reading several reviews like yours, I think maybe that has everything to do with my inexperience with the genre. I don’t have much to compare it to. I didn’t really mind that I figured out the “secret” early on. To me, that just added to the journey. I would love it if someday you could do a post on the best dystopian fiction…give me a leg up on this stuff!

  2. I was actually smitten with this book, but after reading several reviews like yours, I think maybe that has everything to do with my inexperience with the genre. I don’t have much to compare it to. I didn’t really mind that I figured out the “secret” early on. To me, that just added to the journey. I would love it if someday you could do a post on the best dystopian fiction…give me a leg up on this stuff!

  3. I really enjoyed this book, but I agree with you somewhat about the ending. Although I did NOT figure out the secret until just before it was revealed… you are much smarter than I! 😉

  4. I really enjoyed this book, but I agree with you somewhat about the ending. Although I did NOT figure out the secret until just before it was revealed… you are much smarter than I! 😉

  5. I had mixed feelings about this book as well. Around page 6, I had an idea of what was going on, and by the time Bio Gel was mentioned, all surprises had been revealed. In other words, you are not alone in your less-than-ecstatic feelings about the book. 🙂

  6. I had mixed feelings about this book as well. Around page 6, I had an idea of what was going on, and by the time Bio Gel was mentioned, all surprises had been revealed. In other words, you are not alone in your less-than-ecstatic feelings about the book. 🙂

  7. So glad to know that I’m not the only person that didn’t love this book. I liked the premise but I was disappointed in the ending.

  8. So glad to know that I’m not the only person that didn’t love this book. I liked the premise but I was disappointed in the ending.

  9. I am so glad to have read this review and gotten a different opinion on this book. The only reviews of it that I have seen have been positive, so I am really interested in your honest and somewhat tempered opinion of it. After reading this review I am going to conclude that this book would probably be good for my daughter, but not necessarily for me. Thanks for the great review!

  10. I am so glad to have read this review and gotten a different opinion on this book. The only reviews of it that I have seen have been positive, so I am really interested in your honest and somewhat tempered opinion of it. After reading this review I am going to conclude that this book would probably be good for my daughter, but not necessarily for me. Thanks for the great review!

  11. I listened to this as an audiobook, excellently read by Jenna Laima, who also read THE CHOSEN ONE, and I think that because of that I tolerated the story better. I liked it, but I tolerate more in an audiobook than in a book I’m reading.

    Jennifer
    5minutesforbooks.com

  12. I listened to this as an audiobook, excellently read by Jenna Laima, who also read THE CHOSEN ONE, and I think that because of that I tolerated the story better. I liked it, but I tolerate more in an audiobook than in a book I’m reading.

    Jennifer
    5minutesforbooks.com

  13. I agree about the ending, but I still really liked the book.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  14. I agree about the ending, but I still really liked the book.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  15. I really need to get around to reading Jenna Fox already. I don’t know what my problem is! Maybe over the summer.

  16. I really need to get around to reading Jenna Fox already. I don’t know what my problem is! Maybe over the summer.

  17. I’m right there with you on this one. I enjoyed it, but for some reason I didn’t love it as much as I saw others did.

  18. I’m right there with you on this one. I enjoyed it, but for some reason I didn’t love it as much as I saw others did.

  19. Yeah, I figured it out a little early as well but, for me, it was still a good read. I thought it brought interesting points (how far do we go to save someone’s life) to dystopia discussion.

  20. Yeah, I figured it out a little early as well but, for me, it was still a good read. I thought it brought interesting points (how far do we go to save someone’s life) to dystopia discussion.

  21. I truly love what you’re doing here!

  22. I truly love what you’re doing here!

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