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The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

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Sixteen-year-old Jenna Fox surives a terrible accident, waking to find that she has no memory of her life before. She doesn't recognise the people who tell her they are her parents and her grandmother or even know whether she had any friends. Confined to the house she watches videos of a younger Jenna with her family, trying to feel some connection with her former life.

Eventually Jenna resumes school, meets some other teenagers and begins to achieve some semblance of normality, but she finds herself haunted by voices and images from the past. Why did her family move to California, so far from home and her father, following her accident, what exactly happened to her on that fateful night, and what is hidden in the locked room at the back of her mother's wardrobe?

I liked the character of Jenna, particularly during the quiet moments when she was just trying to figure out was going on, and the relationship between her and her grandmother.

The themes of bioethics and what it means to be human and to be alive were intriguing. This book might serve as an introduction to science fiction for young people who aren't yet interested in it, since there are ideas here that crop up in books like Isaac Asimov's The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a very "moreish" kind of book, easy to burn through in a very short time. If you enjoy it, apparently like every other young adult book these days, it is part of a series, the Jenna Fox Chronicles.

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