Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jenna Fox Chronicles

The Adoration of Jenna Fox  
by Mary E. Pearson

Goodreads Summary:
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. 

The Fox Inheritance
by Mary E. Pearson

Goodreads Summary:
Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.
Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.
Everyone except Jenna Fox.
I really was fascinated by the idea behind The Adoration of Jenna Fox. The mystery that Jenna goes through about who she really is, the ability to reinvent and self-discover, captured my attention completely.  There is also a great emphasis in both books on what makes a person a person-is it your body? Your soul? As a parent, I was also drawn into the intentions of Jenna's mom and dad and the decisions that they made on her behalf. How do you let someone go?  The Fox Inheritance was interesting to me as well because it continued to evaluate some of the same questions, and it let you know what happened in the future.

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