Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
Copy owned: Advanced Reading Copy
My opinion: 3.5/5
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805076689
- ISBN-13: 978-0805076684
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 Review: This is a beautifully written book. There are a few one page chapters that are written like free-form poetry. This is a story that delves into the ethics of how far science can or should go. If I was a young adult, it would probably impact my thinking greatly, especially if I was not as familiar with this type of ethical situation. This is the type of book that stays with you, that helps form your future opinions about the subject matter. This novel takes place in the future, and one of the dilemmas it addresses is the overuse of antibiotics, a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I have always believed that the superbugs that the overuse of antibiotics causes is a dangerous situation that the world now faces. But that is a minor issue in this book that is filled with contemplative writing with the young girl's point of view clearly conveyed across the page. It is written in first person, and is written in such a way that you can really feel for this character, which is something I greatly appreciate.