Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Review: The Fox Inheritance
Author Website: Mary E. Pearson
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805088296
My Rating: ♥♥♥

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.
My Thoughts:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox was one of my first Sci-Fi (light) reads that I truly enjoyed it because at the heart of it's story you were drawn to it's main character, you understood her motives and were drawn to her. Her story caused you to really think and question how much science should intervene with humanity and why? Now there is a new chapter to this world with The Fox Inheritance, that Mary E. Pearson has created and it centers on Locke and Kara the other two teens that did not survive that car crash with Jenna 260 years before...except for less than ten percent and with that their story begins.

The Fox Inheritance focuses on Locke and Kara in the future after their early demise. It is told from Locke's POV and at times it is like witnessing a child discover a new world. Although Locke has the best that science can give at making him have flesh and blood again, he cannot help the lapses in his memory that constantly plague him. The agony of being imprisoned in a vast nothingness for over 260 years was almost to much to bear, but at least he had comfort with Kara. Yet, Kara was not the same girl he remembered. This new model is cunning and wicked and forever a step ahead of him and when she finds an opportunity to run their new prison, they run and never look back. Locke wants to see his old neighborhood and seek out what remaining family are around while Kara only wants one thing, to find Jenna Fox.

When I learned that a companion novel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox was being penned I was more than elated. I really enjoy the original novel and was interested to see where this new story would go next. The very idea that Locke and Kara could be corporeal was incomprehensible especially since it was believed that they were "destroyed" by Jenna's own two hands. Yet, the solution presented was well crafted and intriguing. I enjoyed reading this novel through Locke's POV and witnessing his inner struggle as lives while still being tormented by a past long gone.

Even though The Fox Inheritance does not carry the emotional weight that The Adoration of Jenna Fox did it still has new and memorable characters that gave this story it's pulse. The question of science and humanity are kicked around again but it does not have the same magic as sits predecessor. Yet, it is a fine effort and worth a read.


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