Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Look Inside

"A Look Inside" Is a post where I'll have a featured author, and i'll choose a book that they wrote. I always come out after finishing a book with a favorite character, so i'll also have a featured character, and one of my favorite quotes from them.

Author: Mary E. Pearson
Book: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Character: Jenna
Quote: "Don't be such a dickhead, Lily!" I tell her.

This was one of the best books i've read this year. It was very original and well fantastic! The quote kind of shows how Jenna really doesn't know the real meaning of some words.

Sometime in the near future, Jenna Fox, 17, awakens from an 18-month-long coma following a devastating accident, her memory nearly blank. She attempts reorientation by watching videos of her childhood, "recorded beyond reason" by worshipful parents, but mysteries proliferate. Jenna can recite passages from Thoreau yet can't remember having any friends. As memories return, however, Jenna starts picking at the explanation her parents have spun until it unravels. Pearson (A Room on Lorelei Street ) uses each revelation to steadily build tension until the true horror comes into focus. Even then Pearson does not stop; she raises the ante in unexpected ways until the very last page. Clues are supplied by the supporting cast: Jenna's father, who made his fortune in biotechnology; a classmate whose loss of limbs has turned her into a crusader for medical ethics; Jenna's Catholic grandmother, who is hostile to her. A few lapses in logic- if Jenna's father is world-famous and the family in hiding, why does she enroll in school under her real name?-can be forgiven in favor of expert plotting and the complex questions raised about ethics and the nature of the soul.


LisaMay said...

I need to read this!!

TruNerd said...

a MUST READ! going in the bin!

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Bookworm said...

Looks fab!

Just Listen said...

Wow, this sounds awesome! That book is definatley going on my wish list!

TruBlu93 said...

i tagged you here.

Melissa Walker said...

Reading this RIGHT NOW. It's the March pick. Yay! Love it so far.