Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Audiobook)

Source:  eLibrary

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Length: 7 hours and 44 minutes
Narrator: Jenna Lamia
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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.
My Rating:
Jenna wakes up from a coma and remembers nothing.  She can't remember her past, nor can she remember the accident that put her in the coma.  As she gathers strength, she starts to notice the whispers and the odd looks.  She knows that things are not as they seem.  But as she struggles to learn the truth, she realizes no one trusts her with her own truth.  The answers are quite unbelievable but she'll have to live with them all the same.

On the book...
I loved the premise of this one once I understood it.  It's more sci-fi and has less of a dystopian feel to it.  It takes place in the future when medical advances are outstanding.  Laws are created to achieve ethical boundaries but many questions are presented that truly made me think.  I don't know that this one is about the characters so much as the ethical quandary.  That being said I enjoyed Jenna's grandmother the most.  I also thought Jenna's character was well constructed.  Everything was unveiled at the perfect pace.

On the narrator...
Ms. Lamia didn't stand out in anyway but I enjoyed the audio very much.  Her voices allowed the listener to distinguish between the characters but wasn't enough to really draw the reader in.  It worked for me.

Overall, it felt like a unique, interesting, and complete read that left me thinking.
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1 comment:

  1. I remember when I listened to this one. I really liked the narration and how it feel the style of the book - how Jenna's voice is very choppy when she first wakes up, but gains fluidity as Jena's thoughts do too - I thought it was a great premise too, though I didn't care for the sequel.


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