Henry Holt & Co
Jenna Fox is a teenage girl who has woken up after being in a coma for over a year. She cannot even begin to wrap her head around what has happened. All she knows is she is now in California with her mother and grandmother and she has no recollection of the past year, or her entire life for that matter.
I started this book not realizing there was a dystopian slant to it, but things were odd straight off the bat. Jenna’s grandmother Lilly is acting completely bizarre, for one. It’s almost as if she dislikes Jenna, and it was impossible to pinpoint why she was acting that way towards Jenna. Then there’s the fact that there are locked doors . . . what are the adults in the family trying to hide? Not to mention, why are they in California now and why is Jenna’s mother so against her going to school.
As you can see, there were clues straight from the get go that made it obvious to me that this book was much more than I expected it to be. The second half of the book became extremely interesting as Jenna’s circumstances were unveiled, and the ethical aspect of that became one of the main themes of the book. It was also very thought provoking for me and I was never able to completely decide my stance on the issue, even now that I have had a week to ruminate over it.
I found the ending to be . . . interesting. I am not sure whether I can appreciate the epilogue. I found it to be kind of unnecessary and I felt like it was just kind of tacked on there, but at the same time, I felt a weird sense of solace knowing how everything turned out. Obviously I am a bit conflicted, and I think it is due to the execution of the epilogue. It just seemed to be poorly done, and I think Pearson could have added a lot to the story had the epilogue been more deftly written.
Overall, dystopian fiction has become a bit tedious for me recently so I was glad that this book was able to capture my interest.
I borrowed this book from my local library.
This book counts towards the YA-D2 challenge.