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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

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