This review is spoiler-free!
A little bit of a throwback post here because I’m sniffly and tired and still have to clean, so I’m pulling out an old review I never posted for a book I read in November-ish of 2015.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles #1
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Release Date: September 1st 2009 by Square Fish
Format: Paperback, 265 pages
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It wasn’t until I had finished reading this book in its entirety that the title really made sense to me, and while it may be obvious from the get-go to many people how the title tied in with the story itself and Jenna’s life, I had to absorb it all and see how far this adoration of Jenna Fox ended up shaping what her life was and what it was going to be. It really is clever titling.
The beginning of this book was great, I won’t lie. I had moments where I was a little confused about how much of Jenna this Jenna actually was, but as I continued to read it I found it more like this Jenna was simply regaining herself, rather than being a different person from who she had been. It was definitely an interesting concept, being put in her position and having to find out how her life would need to be in order to cover what had been done to her. I enjoyed it quite a lot.
For the rest of the book, hopes were high. I had a lot I wanted to see come from a book with this type of subject, and it was really good for a while. The thing for me would be that Lily bothered me here and there, but I could see where her unease with everything came from. I disliked how it had come off at first, but maybe that was how it was meant to be!
Overall, I really enjoyed it, but the ending seemed like it was rushed. There wasn’t enough satisfied for me with what I was given, I felt like there were too many plot holes and many things left unresolved. I wanted to know more about what was happening rather than be left where I was. I also think it would have done better without that very last chapter. Was this supposed to be a standalone? Because it certainly seemed like it was coming off that way, with the final bit wrapping it up and giving somewhat of a flimsy ending. Maybe that was intentional, and would be explained in the next book? I have already read the next book at this point, but I don’t want to get into what that one was about, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll say that I really want to see more of this technology and the world that’s being built with it, because the first book didn’t do it justice.
Thanks for reading!