The Fox Inheritance

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<p>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. </p> <p>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. </p> <p>Everyone except Jenna Fox.</p>

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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.

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.

Specifications

Series Title
The Jenna Fox Chronicles
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Mary E. Pearson
ISBN-13
9780805088298
Publication Date
August, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.63 x 5.28 x 1.12 Inches
ISBN-10
0805088296

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In The Adoration of Je...
In The Adoration of Jenna Fox, we learned about Jenna herself, a girl who had been in a terrible car accident and scientifically re-engineered afterwards. Now, over two hundred years later, we learn what happened to her two friends, Locke and Kara. This is primarily Locke's story, as he is the narrator, and we jump in a year after he and Kara have recovered and are living with the doctor who gave them new bodies, using even less than 10% of their original bodies. As with Jenna Fox, much of the thematic element deals with the ethical questions of what makes someone human, what makes them more than an animal or machine. While it wasn't a bad book, my main frustration was that it never seemed to be "more." It rehashed the same themes, and, in my opinion, had the same downfall - those who are somehow less than human are empty, have "dead eyes," and this is never really explained or explored further. While I was reading, I enjoyed the story, but it's not one I'll mull in my mind as long as the first book.
Most helpful negative review
Last year, I read The ...
Last year, I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox. When I heard there was going to be a sequel I was surprised and excited, especially since the viewpoint would be from someone new. One of my biggest problems with book one was that Jenna was not an especially likable narrator. Alas, sometimes it would be best for an author to let a story close without writing a sequel; this is one of those times for me.Locke did not make a better narrator for one thing. He never really coalesced into a real person. There just doesn't seem to be much to him; he may actually consist only of his love/obsession for Kara and Jenna. Rather than being focused on the ethical dilemmas involved in these technologies like the first book, I felt that the melodrama upstaged those questions.The love triangle just creeped me out. I agree with Alyss that it's not possible to be in love with two people at once, so I just could not care about Locke and his desperate need to please and be with both girls. The society is what's so interesting here, but the focus isn't really on that.Much of the plot was predictable, especially the climax. The unexpected things, like Jenna having a daughter, were not happy surprises. Reading over what I've written here, it definitely sounds like I hated this; I didn't, but it was hugely disappointing. On a five star scale, I would probably give it a 2.5/5, if that helps any.
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In The Adoration of Je...
In The Adoration of Jenna Fox, we learned about Jenna herself, a girl who had been in a terrible car accident and scientifically re-engineered afterwards. Now, over two hundred years later, we learn what happened to her two friends, Locke and Kara. This is primarily Locke's story, as he is the narrator, and we jump in a year after he and Kara have recovered and are living with the doctor who gave them new bodies, using even less than 10% of their original bodies. As with Jenna Fox, much of the thematic element deals with the ethical questions of what makes someone human, what makes them more than an animal or machine. While it wasn't a bad book, my main frustration was that it never seemed to be "more." It rehashed the same themes, and, in my opinion, had the same downfall - those who are somehow less than human are empty, have "dead eyes," and this is never really explained or explored further. While I was reading, I enjoyed the story, but it's not one I'll mull in my mind as long as the first book.
Most helpful negative review
Last year, I read The ...
Last year, I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox. When I heard there was going to be a sequel I was surprised and excited, especially since the viewpoint would be from someone new. One of my biggest problems with book one was that Jenna was not an especially likable narrator. Alas, sometimes it would be best for an author to let a story close without writing a sequel; this is one of those times for me.Locke did not make a better narrator for one thing. He never really coalesced into a real person. There just doesn't seem to be much to him; he may actually consist only of his love/obsession for Kara and Jenna. Rather than being focused on the ethical dilemmas involved in these technologies like the first book, I felt that the melodrama upstaged those questions.The love triangle just creeped me out. I agree with Alyss that it's not possible to be in love with two people at once, so I just could not care about Locke and his desperate need to please and be with both girls. The society is what's so interesting here, but the focus isn't really on that.Much of the plot was predictable, especially the climax. The unexpected things, like Jenna having a daughter, were not happy surprises. Reading over what I've written here, it definitely sounds like I hated this; I didn't, but it was hugely disappointing. On a five star scale, I would probably give it a 2.5/5, if that helps any.
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I received an Advance ...

I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book through the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review. The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson - scheduled for release on August 30, 2011. From the back of the book: "They say time heals all wounds, but they're wrong. After a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, the minds of three best friends were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Lock 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, Lock and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead. Everyone . . . except Jenna Fox." This is a well written, engaging sequel to Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I have to admit that with the way that book ended, I did not expect there to be a sequel. Sometimes it's nice to be surprised. Though I enjoyed both books, I have to say I enjoyed this sequel more. What I liked about the book: It's a page turner. Even though I would classify this as a sci-fi book, it's also a thriller. There's a cross country chase, a mystery, and of course the good guys vs the bad guys. It even includes an ethical dilemma regarding bio-engineering. How far should we go to save/extend life? I liked that even though this is a sequel, it could very easily be a stand alone read. Pearson has created well developed characters (even the ones I didn't like - like Kara) and she's a master at world building. What I didn't like about the book: I liked it all. Fans of sci-fi futuristic stories will enjoy this book. It has a touch of dystopian flavor to it as well, though not enough that I would classify it as a dystopian novel.

In The Adoration of Je...

In The Adoration of Jenna Fox, we learned about Jenna herself, a girl who had been in a terrible car accident and scientifically re-engineered afterwards. Now, over two hundred years later, we learn what happened to her two friends, Locke and Kara. This is primarily Locke's story, as he is the narrator, and we jump in a year after he and Kara have recovered and are living with the doctor who gave them new bodies, using even less than 10% of their original bodies. As with Jenna Fox, much of the thematic element deals with the ethical questions of what makes someone human, what makes them more than an animal or machine. While it wasn't a bad book, my main frustration was that it never seemed to be "more." It rehashed the same themes, and, in my opinion, had the same downfall - those who are somehow less than human are empty, have "dead eyes," and this is never really explained or explored further. While I was reading, I enjoyed the story, but it's not one I'll mull in my mind as long as the first book.

My daughter and I love...

My daughter and I loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox and were excited about this sequel which takes place 260 years later when Jenna's best friends Locke and Kara who had been supposedly killed in the accident that Jenna survived have been brought back to life, thanks to an evil scientist who stole copies of their mind downloads. While this book had action and a cool futuristic ideas, for me, the story lacked the mystery of the first book. The plot was very predictable and the characters weren't really that interesting, with the exception of Dot. The writing is good though. Both my daughter and I rate it as pretty good--3.5 stars.

The style of the first...

The style of the first book (The Adoration of Jenna Fox) was introspective and thought-provoking. The tone of The Fox Inheritance however, was intense. It had chase scenes, fist fights, and even dipped into the realm of the psychological thriller at the end. Where Jenna's story was all about identity and what is required to make a person fully human, Locke's and Kara's story is more action-packed. The issues of identity and sentience were addressed in small ways throughout the plot, but there is much more tension and suspense as the characters run for their lives. I was skeptical about whether or not this book could carry on the story in a meaningful way. The Adoration of Jenna Fox had such a concrete ending and didn't seem open to a sequel about Locke and Kara. My doubts were dealt with quickly at the beginning of the story, and the explanation of how these characters were brought back was completely logical. If you like fast-paced dystopian fiction then I recommend reading The Fox Inheritance. You don't have to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox first to understand the story, but you will probably appreciate it more if you do.

After 260-years of pur...

After 260-years of purgatory, Locke Jenkins awakens with a body that seems familiar - yet somehow changed. His friend, Kara, who died in the car crash that killed Locke, also has a achingly similar body...but her mind isn't quite right. Locke and Kara soon learn that their minds had been downloaded and saved centuries ago by the father of Jenna Fox - another victim of the fatal crash. Although Jenna had been given a new life right away, the copies of Locke's and Kara's minds had collected digital dust until Dr. Gatsbro brought the teens back to life in this brave new world. But Dr. Gatsbro's motives are not altruistic. Locke and Kara make a desperate attempt to escape the doctor's nefariousness clutches...and are jettisoned into the foreign world of the future. But can Locke keep Kara from making a terrible mistake? When I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox years ago I really liked it, but as I was reading The Fox Inheritance, I realized that I remembered almost nothing of the first book (perhaps it wasn't so great after all?). I had to rely on spoiler reviews of the first book, and on the hints-of-what-came-before in the second book to remember. This made the first part of the book rather confusing. I'd recommend familiarizing yourself with The Adoration of Jenna Fox before starting The Fox Inheritance. Although I enjoyed this book, I wasn't as impressed as I had been after reading the first in the trilogy. The Fox Inheritance had some world-building and good characters. It brought some interesting moral issues to the table: Is it ethical to bring someone back to life after they're dead - and risk changes? Is it ethical to use a sentient being that of human-creation for our own purposes, or do they deserve civil rights? These are intriguing questions, but they've been explored in many other books/movies. So, in the end, I liked this book. It was a fun read. I'll probably pick up the third book when it comes out. But I would have been perfectly happy if this trilogy had stayed as ONE standalone book. And I'm pretty sure I'll forget the plot of this book within a few weeks.

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