The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

3 Stars

Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been in a coma for a year, following a car accident. She has no memory of her previous life and watches home-videos to try to recall people, places, and events. Still, she remembers nothing of her life. Did she have friends? A boyfriend? What activities did she like? How come her grandmother Lily, won’t even look at her anymore? The family has moved since the accident, supposedly to give Jenna a new start. Then she slowly begins to recite poetry and historical events that she must have learned in school.

One day, Jenna cuts herself to find blue gel under her skin and synthetic bones and ligaments. Standing next to her mother, she realizes that she’s shorter than she was before the accident. Her parents finally tell Jenna that only 10% of her body is actually her. She has been remade. But, what about Jenna’s mind? What did Jenna’s parents and doctors do about that? What is the real reason she has no memory? And how far is our future from actually uploading information into trauma patients who lose their memories? And who wants to live for 260 years anyway?

This is a quick 265 pages with most chapters no more than 5-pages long.