The Adoration of Jenna Fox/ The Fox Inheritance

Summaries from Goodreads:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox
By Mary Pearson 
Published by Henry Holt
Published 2009

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?

The Fox Inheritance
By Mary E Pearson
Published by Henry Holt
Published on August 2011
Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.
Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.
Everyone except Jenna Fox.

I decided to do these two books as a set, rather than individual books.  Mainly the reasoning is because I feel the same way about both books- so to save my readers from reading the same review twice, I am giving you a combo!  (Also, it is nice to see the books in a series- sometimes I pick up a book I read a review of and find out it is the second book in the series.)
The most obvious assumption of these books- they were fabulous.  The writing was excellent, the characters were developed well, and the author's storytelling is outstanding.  But what made these books stand apart for me- they made me think.  What is human life?  At what percentage does human life start and end?  I found myself pausing throughout both books thinking to myself the hard questions that the reader must face.  What is humanity?  

There are so many ethical questions with this book- it seems like a fantastic book series to be read in a group.  I can only imagine the conversations that these books would cause.  I can't say they are my favorite books, and I probably won't read them again and again (they are too heavy for that!)  I will say, though, that this book series has joined a very special group- the group of books that have changed and shaped me.  This is a very special book series and I think anyone would enjoy it- sci-fi fan or not.

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