Friday, June 25, 2010
Fiction Friday (with a literary pairing): WHAT IS A SOUL?
It is difficult to write a review of this novel without giving too much away and I'd hate to do this because the book is paced so artfully that I'd hate readers to miss that wonderful technical element or ruin any twisty surprises. Suffice to say that seventeen-year-old Jenna wakes up from a year-plus coma in a new home, on a new coast and things are not right. Her parents, desperate to regain the pre-accident Jenna, show her videos of every year of her life, wait for her to remember. But, though Jenna's memories return, she discovers strange disconnects between her past and present, recalls things she should not remember. The novel, a fascinating mystery set in a frighteningly plausible near-future, explores the essence of identity, the question of whether self is defined internally or by the experience of others, and much more.