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Review: Jenna Fox Chronicles

Jenna Fox

The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

Disclaimer:  This is going to be a review of the overall trilogy

There are three books in the Jenna Fox Chronicles:  The Adoration of Jenna Fox, The Fox Inheritance, and Fox Forever.

Here is the summary for The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Goodreads.com:

“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?”

So what has happened to Jenna that put her in the coma?  Her parents have moved in the year she was in a coma across the country, but why? That is the mystery which Jenna tries to solve.

I’m not going to give summaries for the other two books in the trilogy, because they will give away the mystery in the first book.  I will say they are set in the future after America has had a war separating the country and robots are common (from taxi drivers to maids in a house).

Here’s why I love these books:  It makes us think about medical ethics.  More than that it asks us what makes us human?  Can robots develop feelings and thoughts of their own?  Can they dream of freedom?  Dream of becoming more?  I love the concept of robots wanting more.  While this is not a new concept (iRobot for example), it is something I enjoy thinking about.  These books also explore how the world changes.  Places change, they grow different through the years; some buildings are put up while others are knocked down.  The Jenna Fox Chronicles reminds us the world will change in good ways, but also bad ways.  While the world changes and moves forward there are things which remain the same; some things are timeless.

I think these are great questions, and you will think about them long after you finish the book.  Is it my flesh and blood which makes me human, or is it the fact that I can think, feel, and dream that truly makes me, me? That makes me human?  Who decides how far science should go to save a life?  Who decides what the standard for being human is?

I will also mention how eerie it is to hear Jenna describe what it felt like to be in a coma.  While we ultimately learn the circumstances of her comma, it is interesting to consider what it must be like for the mind to be trapped liked that.

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