Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

The Fox Inheritance
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publication: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)

Description: 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: This sequel to THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX takes place 260 after the events of that story and are told form Locke's point of view. He and Kara have been removed from the black boxes where they spent those years and given strong, healthy new bodies. Locke is wondering when the doctor who did the procedures—Dr. Gatsbro—will let them leave his isolated estate.

He learns that Jenna is still alive. He also learns that the doctor who rebuilt their bodies is planning to sell his procedure to the highest bidder even though the procedure is still illegal. He and Kara decide to escape from the estate and make their way to where Jenna is. Locke has come through those isolated years sane; Kara has not. She blames Jenna for their long period of isolation and is determined to have revenge on her. 

The story is a journey story. Locke experiences both the physical journey of traveling across the country and the emotional journey of adjusting to a world that is completely strange to him and in which everyone he loved—except Jenna and Kara—are gone. He makes friends along the way with a CabBot named Dot and with one of the humans who was one of his caretakers—Miesha. 

When he gets to Jenna, he finds that neither of them are the people they were but the friendship is still there for the two of them. Locke is looking a for reason to live since he no longer has his parents' expectations as a guide. He wants to have a purpose. He also wants to change the world to make it a better place for people like him whose existence is illegal, for Bots, for the NonPacts who are the fringe people in this new world. He admires Jenna for the work she has done in this regard but doesn't want to have to spend 90 years at is as Jenna did. 

The story gives a reader a lot to think about as they contemplate what makes a human. The story also made me think about the nature of friendship and love. I liked watching Locke grow and I really liked connecting with Jenna again. 

Favorite Quote:
She's wrong. I have a fabricated body. I am in a world that is completely different from the one I was born into. What I think is all I have left. My mind is the only thing that makes me different from a fancy toaster. What we think does matter—it's all we truly have. But I know the conversation is over. 
I bought this book. You can buy your copy here.

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