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Monday, August 8, 2011

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

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.
(From inside cover of book)
I apologize for saying this, but in my opinion The Fox Inheritance was an unnecessary sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Yes, it was well written, and yes, it was a good concept, but  The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a powerful book that DID NOT need a sequel.
The narrator of this novel is Locke (Jenna's friend, mentioned in the first book). Locke and Kara's consciousnesses had been scanned and digitally saved for possible future use. Now, 260 years later, a scientist decides to bring Locke and Kara back to life with perfect bodies. This scientist's intentions however are not as good as they seem... 

What makes this installment different from its predecessor is that it is more action-oriented and more futuristic. Where The Adoration of Jenna Fox was an introspective, contemplative story, The Fox Inheritance is mostly running and hiding in the world of future. 

The parts about robotics and bioengineering are much better. Chapters describing Locke and Kara's minds' imprisonment in the digital vacuum are horrifying. A consciousness kept alive and running in an environment void of any stimulus is so freaky, it kept me awake at night...

Rating: 8 out of 10

How to Steal A Car by Pete Hautman

"Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by hanging out with the wrong guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being mean to other girls.

Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.

In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time."

This book captivated me from the beginning with it's quirky humor and abnormal concepts. I love how at the beginning of the book Kelleigh really has no reason to steal cars, but she just does it anyway and you can't hate her for it, she is so like-able.

I really liked the start of the book but as I got further it started to disappoint me. I got tired of her voice, she was a bit whiny, and it also really lost all the other aspects of the book besides the 'stealing car' aspect.

Rating: 6 out of 10