The Fox Inheritance

The Fox Inheritance

by Mary E. Pearson

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ISBN-13: 9780805088298
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,258,960
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams.

Pearson studied at Long Beach State University and San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

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Chapter 1

 

My hands close around the heavy drape, twisting it into a thick cord.

About the same thickness as a neck.

I drop my hands to my sides and wipe them on my trousers like someone might see my thoughts on my palms. Someone like Dr. Gatsbro. I wonder just how much he really knows about me.

I look out the window. From the second floor, Dr. Gatsbro is a speck on the lawn. The girl I’m supposed to know stands a few yards away from him. I watch him talking to her. She ignores him like he is nothing more than vapor. I don’t know if it’s deliberate, or if her mind is trapped, like mine often is, in another dark lifetime that won’t let me go. There’s a lot I don’t understand about her, at least the way she is now, and though I’m a head taller and at least fifty pounds heavier than she is, I’m afraid of her. What is it? Something in her eyes? But I’m not sure I can trust my own eyes yet. Even my hands frighten me. Does Dr. Gatsbro know this too? He seems to know everything.

I turn away, looking at a wall of ancient bound books, and another wall covered with artifacts that reach back to some primordial age. Dr. Gatsbro is a collector. Are we part of his collection? Like stolen paintings that can’t be shown to anyone? Only for private viewing? His estate is miles from anywhere, and we have never been beyond its gates.

He has spent the last year teaching us, helping us, explaining to us, testing us. But some things in this world are unexplainable. Maybe that’s where he made his mistake, especially with us. Three months ago, he stopped being teacher and became prey. At least for her. I fear for him. I fear for me.

I return to the window to see if they’re coming. It’s time for our morning appointment. They’re closer to the house now, but Dr. Gatsbro is still yards from her. I try to read his lips, a skill I never had before, but his hand cups his chin and blocks my view.

Her back is to me. Her head tilts in one direction, and then slowly in the other, like she’s weighing a thought. She suddenly whirls and looks straight up at the window. At me. She smiles, her eyes as cold as ice. Her lips purse together in a kiss, and I feel their frost on my cheek.

I cannot turn away, though I know that would be the safest thing to do. I cannot turn away because she has an advantage over me. I cannot turn away for a reason she knows too well.

Because I love her.

She is all I have left.

I force my legs to move. To step away from the window. One step. Another. The last thing I see is her head toss back as she laughs. I fall backward into Dr. Gatsbro’s chair, running my hands over the arms, listening to the quiet rasp of skin on leather, listening to his antique clock tick, listening to the squeak of the chair as I rock, and finally, listening to their footsteps on the stairs—his, heavy and shuffling; hers, like a cat, following stealthily behind.

“Locke, you’re here. Good.” Dr. Gatsbro crosses the room, and I relinquish his seat to him. He sits down, and I listen to the whoosh of air that leaves the chair under his weight, like the breath has been snuffed from it. “Sorry if we kept you waiting. We lost track of time out in the garden. Isn’t that right, Kara?”

She looks at me, her eyes narrowing to slits, her hair a shiny black curtain barely sweeping her shoulders. Her lips are perfect, red as they have always been, red as I remember, but the smile behind them is not the same.

“That’s right, Doc,” she answers. “Time got away from us.”

“Shall we begin, then?” Dr. Gatsbro asks.

I think she already has.

 

Text copyright © 2011 by Mary E. Pearson

Reading Group Guide

1. What is the significance of the title of the book? What might the inheritance of Jenna Fox be literally? Figuratively?

2. Locke refers to himself and Kara as being part of Dr. Gatsbro's "collection." What does he mean? How can Locke and Kara be objects within a collection? Have you ever felt as if you were "on display" as Locke and Kara do? Describe that situation.

3. The author does not provide many details about the world as it exists 260 years after the accident that took the physical lives of Locke and Kara. Hints about changes are given at various points in the novel. Based on clues from Locke's early observations, what conclusions can be drawn about life in this future society? How does the author flesh out the details as Locke and Kara travel to the "outside"?

4. Dr. Gatsbro collects orchids and doorknobs among other things. Think about the literal and figurative significance of each object. What might these two interests reveal about his character and why?

5. In this future world, humans can opt for a life span of more than 100 years because of advances in medicine and health. Discuss what problems might be associated with longer life spans (i.e., overpopulation).

6. In the opening chapters, what clues does Locke provide the reader about his and Kara's condition? How about the time they spent in the "black cubes"?

7. Why does Kara not want to see the cubes, while Locke feels he must? How does this one decision indicate the difference that divides the two despite their obvious connections?\

8. Dr. Gatsbro has provided a narrative—a story—for Locke and Kara to explain their new existence. What elements are true? Which parts of the story serve to gloss over unpleasant aspects of their life and creation? Why has the doctor been so careful to give Locke and Kara these stories?

9. The first two sections of the novel, THE ESTATE and THE OUTSIDE, end with shattering events. How do these two events foreshadow what is to come?

10. Through Locke's narration, we see how technology has shaped the future world. How do these technological advances (Beebots, robots, transportation grids, etc.) help establish the setting more fully?

11. Locke has disturbing dreams. In one, he is choking Jenna over and over with his bare hands. What importance does this dream have? How does it foreshadow events to come once Locke and Kara are reunited with Jenna?

12. As Locke continues on his journey to find Jenna in California, he discovers that air transportation is severely restricted and that most people travel by other means. What could have occurred over the intervening 200+ years to create this type of transportation system?

13. ID cards are key. No one is free to travel from one place to another without a valid ID card. Of course, this poses some problems for Locke and Kara until they are able to obtain IDs that are not their own. In contemporary society, there has been a great deal of debate about ID and voting rights. How does this parallel with what is happening in the future world of Jenna, Locke, and Kara?

14. Locke, Kara, and Jenna go to a bazaar to do some shopping. Given the existence of V-ads and other technologies, why do bazaars still exist? What purpose do they serve?

15. On page 265, Locke observes that there is a line between miracle and monster. What does he mean by this? Are Locke, Kara, and Jenna miracles or monsters? Or a combination of both? Defend your response.

16. Pearson does not reveal the entire account of the car accident that killed Locke, Kara, and Jenna. Instead, she reveals some of the events a bit at a time. Why does the author elect to do this? What purpose does it serve?

17. Euphemisms abound in the story. Release and recycle are just two examples of words whose real meaning is much more sinister than the way in which the word is used. What do these words really mean? Why are euphemisms being used?

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The Fox Inheritance 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
jennafox More than 1 year ago
Pearson is a beautiful writer. she expresses the character's in ways i have never read. i can't believe this isn't more popular. It's just as good as The Hunger games. I love it! Keep on writing, Pearson!
terferj More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was fascinating! I liked it just because it's different than the other books out there. This book centers mainly on Locke but also Kara (Jenna's friends). They find themselves 260 years into the future. We see the struggles they had to overcome: escaping a mad man, dealing with the past, making unexpected allies, and plans for the future. Locke meets up with Jenna and we learn a little about what she did from the first book and this one. Now onto the next book.
Liyanna on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Interesting! Reminded me of the film 'I, Robot'. I even had to fight my tears at one point. Two questions puzzled me though: Why did Dr Ash make a copy of Locke and Kara's minds, but not Jenna's? And who hit Dr Gatsbro on the head?
chickey1981 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I guess people have different perspectives on this novel versus Jenna Fox, but while I thought Jenna Fox was beautifully written, it was so enclosed by location and plot that I felt like the story was limited.This was not the case for the Fox Inheritance. Locke and Kara were more intriguing to me than Jenna was-they were cooped up for years and then... didn't come back right? And the world had to get so much bigger now that we have fast-forwarded 200 years in the future and they have to come cross country to find Jenna. However, the star in the novel was Dot. She was the bravest non-human I've ever met! I was impressed by the scope of the novel, the description of how everything had changed, and the new technology that had been developed. All of these things were far more difficult to do in a book and I believe that Pearson succeeds.This book is definitely a must read for any dystopian YA fans!
Krista23 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
** spoiler alert **This is a sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox if you have not yet read that book, beware this review will contain spoilers.260 years after leaving Jenna's story we travel across what used to be the United States to the Eastern states. We find out that unbeknownst to Jenna's father, one of his co-workers kept a copy of Locke and Kara's information. They have been brought back to life to be visual examples of Dr G's business. He keeps them hidden away in his mansion and displayed for wealthy businessmen to come and admire for the technology. Even though they are illegal specimens, it is known (because of Jenna) that it is possible, medically to reconstruct so much of the body with only the minimum cell samples. Early in the story Kara is unsatisfied with their current situation, and now that she has heard that Jenna is still alive, she has some questions that need answering, and they decide to escape.This side of the story is told from Lock's perspective. He is concerned about Kara's determination to find Jenna, she has mysterious and dangerous thoughts in her head and he fears for Jenna's safety. He is also still deeply in love with Jenna and desires them to all be reunited.I found the author's vision of the future in this book was very interesting. The United States being separated into two sections, run by politics. The Republicans and the Democrats and you can only move to a different side of the country every 8 years. There are also added factors of the nomads in which she refers to as "land pirates" as well as super fast moving cars, trains and more intelligent robot/cyborg beings. It is highly imaginative and yet a believable and interesting look of what could be possible for our future.My mind had a hard time grasping some more of the emotions that occur within Jenna, Locke and Kara. Most of them would include huge spoilers for you, but mostly I felt it hard to grasp onto how many emotions they have for being reanimated people. They not only experience human emotions of hate, anger, love, guilt and depression but it's the level in which they "feel' these emotions I had a hard time with. It's all very dramatic and overly emotional even for humans. In the first book we are also introduced to the fact that Jenna must eat only a bag of nutrients only every couple of hours to sustain her system, but in this continuation of the story, I don't remember there being any emphasis on the nutrients supplements, even in one part it refers to Lock eating off plates, but I don't remember being filled in with any information or changes in the technology that allowed them to be able to handle real food.The narrator for the audio book did a great job. There were times that I had to remind myself that this is somebody being reanimated after centuries and very confused about what was going on in the world because there were huge sections of just information about what he was thinking and "feeling". He is in a body that is similar to the one he has always known, but doesn't seem to be quite the same or work the same way. Although there is a lot of traveling from the East coast to the West coast and we get to meet a lot of different types of dangerous people along the way 80% of the story is just Locke's thoughts about what is happening, or did happen to him in the past. The narrator for the audiobook does a really good job of voicing the side characters as well.It is an interesting and unique twist to a science fiction look into our futures. How one day the advances in medicine and technology can bring us so close to being able to live for centuries at a time and still maintain our most basic of human emotions and drive to survive.
bell7 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
Coranne on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
hippygirl26 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
First Impressions: When The Adoration of Jenna Fox was released a couple of years ago, I read it and fell in love with the story. It was one of the first books that re-attracted me back into the world of Young Adult novels, so I was thrilled to receive this book for a review. In the first book, I had loved the quick pace of the storyline and the unforgettable characters. I knew that I would love this second book just as much, if not more.First 50 Pages: Before I started to read The Fox Inheritance, I decided to revisit the first book and do a quick re-read so I could freshen my memory of the story line. Once I was done, I dived into the second book and read the entire book in a couple of hours. The second book is narrated by Locke and I immediately noticed that I didn¿t connect as well with this character. In the first novel, if you have read it, you know that a particular incident sets the whole story in motion, a car accident. In this second novel, we get to revisit the car accident and find out more about that incident in greater detail that answers some questions that the first book doesn¿t really cover.Characters & Plot: While I don¿t think that this second novel is up to par with the first, the characters and the plot did have deeper, emotional attributes. Set in the future, 260 years after the car accident, The Fox Inheritance dives into great depth on an emotional level. Locke has to deal with not only his past, but making his way into an uncertain future. The book is jam-packed with all sorts of themes that I thought were a bit heavier than the first book. She introduces the concepts of forgiveness and guilt, letting go, and embracing unwanted change. The author really shines when she goes head-first with human nature and the concept of light VS dark. I could spend hours pointing out all of the themes in this book and analyze them to the ground. It¿s one of those books I can easily see being used in a classroom setting for students to learn about book themes.This book has its ups and downs, per say. While I loved the themes and the darker imagery, the characters were not as well thought out. Their voices lacked a bit. I also feel as though the style of writing wasn¿t nearly as good as the first book. It seemed jumpy at certain points and I had a difficult time keeping track of what exactly was going on.Final Thoughts: I didn¿t love this book as much as I thought I would. I had high expectations and this book didn¿t quite reach all of them. Still, it is a good companion novel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox. The Fox Inheritance leaves off with an open ending, so I¿m curious to see if there will be another addition to the series. I hope so!
cowgirllibrarian on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I enjoyed The Fox Inheritance, but not as much as The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Yes, some questions were answered, and the characters were well-developed but the "Inheritance" did not flow as well. This sequel is set 260 years after the fatal accident. It focuses on Locke and Kara and their struggle to find out who and what they are.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a phenomenal book! Have you read it, if not, please do so. It was amazing! Seriously. And while I found myself really looking forward to something else relating to Jenna ¿ I think as a standalone book, Jenna Fox was perfect. With that said, The Fox Inheritance, made me hopeful that we would once again hear from Jenna and learn more about her world. And that we did! To my surprise we also learned more about the fateful night of the accident and the outcome Locke and Kara. Locke and Kara have been in a suspended state of endless darkness where the only thing that kept them sane was each other¿s voices. Centuries after being forgotten on a shelf they are found by ¿ what I would call ¿ a mad scientist. Who, with personal ambition in mind, resurrects their mind downloads and brings Locke and Kara back to life. 260 years after their death they are once again in human form with only one thing recognizable in this ever-changed world¿. Jenna Fox. While I can¿t say I loved this sequel, I can definitely say I was intrigued. I liked the way the author brings back all the same questions, doubts, issues that Jenna went through while also giving it a more drastic doom and gloom feel. While Jenna woke up shortly after her accident, Locke and Kara have lost everything and everyone they knew in their lives. I liked the character dynamics and the emotional turmoil the kids were facing.
lifeafterjane on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I absolutely loved the battle between science and morality that was presented in The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Without giving too much away (in case you haven't read it YET), Jenna Fox and her friends were in a horrible accident. At that time, technology had advanced so much that an entire human body could be replicated- not just cloned, but regrown, with everything it had before. But, the catch was, you could only reproduce up to a certain amount. For Jenna to live, an illegal amount of replication was necessary which left her father, the scientist who invented the technology, the tough choice of breaking the law, or letting his child die. Jenna lived.It's a remarkable story of self acceptance and adaptation and a damn fine dystopian novel. The Fox Inheritance is the sequel.Jenna was not the only one involved in the accident. Her two best friends were involved as well but their bodies were so far gone that even the Biogel technology could not save them. Before their bodies expired, Jenna's father uploaded the data from Kara and Locke's brains. Whether he had hoped to replicate them at that time or not, he did it just in case. When Jenna discovered that the essence of her two best friends were trapped inside a holding device inevitably, she did the kindest thing she could think to do and had the boxes containing what was left of Kara and Locke destroyed.But every good technician makes backups, and a rogue scientist at the Biogel lab made copies of Kara and Locke, and what remained of them, their brains, sat trapped in those boxes, forgotten for 260 years. And they can remember every excruciating, horrible day of it.So it's not a stretch to believe that when they are given new bodies and a second chance at life, they harbor much resentment. They endured an unthinkable hell and they blamed Jenna, because she got to live. Irrational? Yes, but it was the only thing they had to hold on to. Jenna is still alive, 260 years later and they feel she needs to answer for abandoning them. I struggled with this concept perhaps the most throughout this story and tried to feel things from Locke and Kara's point of view. Jenna was blameless. She couldn't do anything about the situation and their 260 year old vendetta wasn't realistic to me. I would have thought they'd go after the lab, or the government that wouldn't let them be reproduced. Jenna's my girl, and if it came down to it, I'd want Kara and Locke eliminated to save her. This is where I leave you on the story line. Kara and Locke are on the run from their creator, and hell bent of finding Jenna. You'll just have to read it to find out what they do to her.The world created in The Adoration was already riddled with scientific discoveries that are unfathomable in this day and age, but 260 years later the world has evolved into the most brilliant sci-fi setting. Fierce security regulations, everything automated and computerized, robots replacing people, humanity's ever slipping hold on itself. Good stuff, and yet, outside of the system, a much more primitive normality can be found, where life goes on day to day just as it always has. I loved that. I like the fear that a good dystopian evokes in me, but I love love when even in the worst of imaginable conditions, there is enough hope to drive people to hold on to the simple things that matter. We see a lot of that when we get to visit with Jenna again.I love Pearson's story telling. It's smooth and fast-paced. She gives you everything you want but layers it with enough emotion to make you work for it. And she gives you Officer Dot Jefferson- we should all be so lucky as to have a Dot."Customer Locke, I may not have everything you do, but I have more than you think and much more than I ever dreamed of. I told you, Bots dream. At least some of us do. Whether we are supposed to or not, whether it was ever planned or not, we dream. Some of us think beyond our cabs, we imagine where our customers go and what things they see. When they jump into
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I may have been living under a rock for the past year, but it was only recently that I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which was an excellent book. I was a little concerned about a sequel though, as Adoration seemed like it was a stand-alone novel, and not really worth continuing. But, Fox Inheritance showed up on shelves this year, either proving that the publisher that this was a profitable enough franchise to continue, or that the author had more story to tell.Barely a few pages into Fox Inheritance, I knew that this book suffered from the former. More than anything, Fox Inheritance felt like an unnecessary sequel that added absolutely nothing to the original story. With such a massive time-jump, the author could virtually start the plot over that could be sustainable over numerous volumes. However, the plot of Inheritance was so far from the original concept of Adoration that I didn't even recognize it. It may as well have been a completely unrelated book that started a new series.Sadly, this is the end of the road for me and Mary Pearson. Adoration was an excellent book, but this was something else completely that didn't make much sense and is, frankly, not needed.
nbmars on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is the second installment of the eventual trilogy "The Jenna Fox Chronicles." The first book was The Adoration of Jenna Fox. When I started to read the second, I actually stopped and went back and reread the first because it I had forgotten a lot and it was a little confusing otherwise. I hadn't been wowed by the first book, but I found the premise interesting enough to continue on; the second one struck me as a bit better than the first.The story begins 260 years after Jenna Fox was saved from a should-have-been fatal car accident that took the lives of her two best friends, Locke and Kara. In the first book, Jenna¿s father Matthew had developed Bio Gel to restore Jenna¿s body along with the uploaded data from her mind. In the second book, we discover that the brains of Locke and Kara were salvaged also along with some of their DNA, but they were not restored. Finally, after years in limbo, they too get corporeal, thanks to new advances in Bio Gel, now called Bio Perfect. A year after their awakening, Locke and Kara are still kept in a captive but comfortable state by the scientist who restored them, Dr. Gatsbro, so that they can be presented as ¿success stories" to other potential customers for the life-preserving gel. But the two want to leave the estate, and they especially want to find Jenna and see why she never helped them. With the help of some unlikely comrades in a radically changed world, they set out to escape from Dr. Gatsbro, and to experience the lives that were taken from them when they were just teenagers.Evaluation: There is a lot to think about in this not fabulous but not bad book; is there a threshold of bionic replacements beyond which we are no longer human? How should ¿human¿ be defined anyway? And is love possible or even advisable when one of the parties ages and the other does not? As I indicated in my review of the first book, these topics have been tackled by other authors in a better way (compare, for example, Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein). But Pearson adds a coming of age angle and even a bit of "The Jetsons" that should help teens relate to this particular version of a provocative plotline.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. I absolutely loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox and was excited to see what the sequel would bring. It was a good sequel; although you should definitely read The Adoration of Jenna Fox first.It is two hundred and sixty years after the events portrayed in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and Jenna's friends Locke and Kira have finally been made bodies and had their minds uploaded to them. Only the man who completed uploaded them to their new bodies doesn't have their best interests at heart. When Locke and Kira decide to escape they are plunged into a world very different from the one they left.The whole premise behind this book is that when Jenna destroyed the back-ups of her friends' minds there was actually another copy of her friends out there. The story is told from Locke's point of view. Most of the story follows Kira and Locke; Jenna doesn't enter the story until the last third of the book or so.Locke is an interesting character, and while I wasn't as engaged with him as I was with Jenna in the first book, it was still neat to watch him experience the world after a gap of two hundred and sixty years. I love how Pearson throws in some new science and gadgets, but how she also drives home the point of how many things haven't changed.I think another reason (besides Locke and Kira not being quite as easy to relate to as Jenna) that I liked the first book better was that it tackled some really interesting political and social issues. This book does expand on those issues some and also focuses on other social issues. For example the issue of how many rights to give Bots (basically driods the service humans) comes up as does the issue of people who want to live off of the grid of society. These issues are interesting but not nearly as engaging or as shocking as the issues addressed in the first book (how much of you needs to be left for you to still be human).The story ends well and is pretty complete. There is some room left for a future story featuring Locke or Jenna.Overall a good addition to the series. Definitely not as good as The Adoration of Jenna Fox, the characters aren't as engaging and the issues addressed not as spectacular, but it is still a good story. There are some new interesting issues raised around robot rights and people who want to live "off-grid". It was fun to see how Jenna had changed in 260 years. If you loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox, definitely pick this up for a read. If you haven't read The Adoration of Jenna Fox go read it; it is a wonderful example of young adult science fiction that is engaging on both an emotional and intellectual level.
YABliss on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Wow. SO INTENSE. I didn't know what to expect from this since it was pretty clear that The Adoration of Jenna Fox needed no sequel. But this is mainly about Kara and Locke, Jenna's best friends who were in the accident with her. About what happened to them while Jenna was saved.The book is told from Locke's perspective, which was a plus. I love male POVs and Pearson did a great job on it. I felt Locke's voice was much stronger and distinct than Jenna's was in the first book. He was so confused and felt everything so intensely that the the pages were just bursting with tension. Some scenes were so engaging and so emotion-filled that they'd leave me drained. The richness of the emotional scenes was delightful. I love good earth-shattering moments and this story had tons! It was a constant inner battle, utterly thought-provoking. Even though the tension was palpable though, I did feel the pace a bit slow. Or probably everything just felt too urgent for them to slow down, so when every time they did, I got frustrated. A lot of things are going on at once. So I guess I was expecting a bit more action. Overall, it's a very unusual dystopia, that explores the true meaning of being human and the essence of who we are. It dives into some disturbing feelings and explores amazing sci-fi concepts. I ended up liking it even more than book 1. Can't wait for more!
Jenners26 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Brief Description: A sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this book chronicles the awakening of Jenna¿s friends Kara and Locke after 260 years of ¿cyber-hiberation.¿ Only their minds were kept alive in digital form, but new technology developed by a Dr. Gatsbro makes it possible for Kara and Locke to have new bodies (based on their old bodies but better) and a new life. However, 260 years of being trapped and isolated have affected Kara and Locke¿with Kara being changed most profoundly. When they realize that Dr. Gatsboro is not quite the benevolent savior they thought, Kara and Locke decide they need to escape and find the only person from their past who is still alive¿Jenna Fox.My Thoughts: I was really disappointed in The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I thought the premise was fantastic but poorly executed. (However, I was in the minority as many bloggers fell in love with the book.) I almost passed on reading this sequel but curiosity got the better of me¿mostly because I was surprised to see a sequel. (As I recall, the first book said Jenna had destroyed the computers containing Kara and Locke¿s minds.) I¿m pleased to report that I liked this book better¿probably because my expectations weren¿t as high. Narrated by Locke, the book has more action (an escape and cross-country chase), and the future world that Pearson created interested me (particularly the relations between bots and humans). Although I thought this book was better than the first one, I still didn¿t fall in love. The writing was simplistic, the plot was predictable and some discrepancies just bugged me. Perhaps, most importantly, I just couldn¿t buy into the idea that people¿s minds could be kept alive digitally. However, if you can suspend your critical thinking and read the first book, you¿ll probably enjoy this one too.
titania86 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Lock, Kara, and Jenna were all involved in horrible accident that destroyed their bodies. Their minds were imprisoned in electronic devices. Unbeknownst to the outside world, the three teens were both aware and suffering in the nothingness that contains them. They could communicate in the void and still had each other. Then Jenna disappeared, leaving Kara and Lock alone. They wake up 260 years later in a world they don't recognize, where everyone they once knew is dead except for Jenna Fox. A scientist wants to use the technology that trapped their minds and created their new bodies to market to very rich people and is using them as advertisements. Kara is very different from the person she used to be. She's violent, angry, and blames everything on Jenna. Kara disappears and Lock must get to Jenna before Kara does. He embarks on a journey and picks up unexpected friends along the way. Can he warn Jenna before Kara gets to her?The Fox Inheritance is a great followup to The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Even though the beginning is similar to the first novel, Kara and Lock don't go through the same process of regaining their memories after waking up like Jenna did. Technology has become advanced enough that their memories are immediately accessible. The plot really takes off when the journey to California starts. Kara is nowhere to be found, which is creepy considering she's a sociopath. She could be doing or planning anything while Lock is running after her. On top of this already troubling situation, Lock has to avoid the scientist they ran away from and the government. The scientist wants to protect his investment and still use them for advertising, but can't call the police because of his own illegal activities. The government is after him because he has no identification and his existence is illegal because there wasn't any part of his original body used in the creation of his new, artificial body. The tension and suspense are what drives most of the story.On the way to California, Lock meets an unexpected ally who is one of my favorite characters: Dot Jefferson. She's a cab driving bot that has no legs and a big heart. The world has changed a lot and bots like her are a common sight everywhere. They do menial jobs and are bullied or ignored. Dot and many others of her kind dream and want freedom, but the consequences for such behavior are harsh. Dot is taking a huge risk when she goes with Lock and she proves invaluable to him. She represents the hope that is still alive within the dystopian society that values security over freedom. This characters also challenges our definition of humanity. dot is one of the most human characters in the entire book, but she was manufactured in a factory.My only criticism is the pacing is a little bit slow despite the tension through the first two thirds of the novel. Overall, The Fox Inheritance is an exciting sequel that outshines its predecessor. I would recommend this to younger readers and those looking for an introduction into the science fiction genre.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
CatheOlson on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
farmerjohnson More than 1 year ago
I liked the 1st book (The Adoration of Jenna Fox) a little better than this one. Not that this wasn't a good read but after reading the 1st book this story felt dragged out at times. Although I would still recommend reading it because I find that there are few series that I enjoy the entire thing. I think the only ones that really kept my attention recently were Hunger Games trilogy & the Divergent series (Divergent, Insurgent and 3rd book Allegiant that will be out next week). If I had to do it over again I still would read them both.
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Variety93 More than 1 year ago
This book is great, just like the first! It's so well written & touching. I usually don't care for female authors or romance, but Mary E. Pearson did a great job! This is a book for people who like futuristic slash fantasy slash a little romance.