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The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
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Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox learns that she was in a car accident that sent her into a coma for a year, and she can’t remember her life before the accident. Jenna asks, “Why can I remember the details of the French Revolution but I can’t remember if I ever had a best friend?” There are other strange and puzzling details to Jenna’s life. Her parents make her watch home movies of herself, and she isn’t allowed any food except liquid nutrients. Her grandmother seems repulsed by her, and the reason for their move from Massachusetts to California is mysterious. Jenna can only seem to find normalcy in her small charter school where her classmates are equally unusual like Allys whose limbs are artificial because of bacterial infection or Ethan who once was imprisoned in a state juvenile facility for almost killing a man. When Jenna starts to remember friends from her life before her coma, she also learns that her parents are hiding her from the Federal Science Ethics Board and that her researcher father developed Bio Gel, revolutionary genetic engineering to re-grow human cells. To her horror, Jenna also discovers that she is predominantly made up of Bio Gel and that only ten percent of her body was not destroyed in the accident before her coma. Furthermore, her parents have saved her memory as well as that of her best friends killed in the accident onto a computer just in case she is more mortal than they planned. As Jenna grapples with whether she is human or not, she also races to destroy the computer backups of her and her best friends, which are imprisoning not just their memories, but perhaps also their soul.


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