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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Fox Inheritance

The Fox Inheritance (The Jenna Fox Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

Grade: 3.8 / 4 stars out of 5
Locke, Jenna, and Kara were best friends before their accident. Jenna was set free from their prison 260 years before Locke and Kara. Those 260 years allowed for resentment, guilt, and confusion to grow. The Fox Inheritance, like The Adoration of Jenna Fox, was the exploration of self. Who am I? What am I? These questions bounce continually in the mind of Locke when his mind is finally downloaded into a body created by a madman. But surviving in a dark hell by yourself changes a person. Their minds may be intact and their bodies may be better now, but they’re completely new people now.
While The Jenna Fox Chronicles may be centered on the mentality versus the physicality of a being, The Fox Inheritance brings more political unbalance, action, and the advancement of technology. Mary E. Pearson continues to raise interesting concerns on legal and moral consequences of dealing God’s hand: death. Pearson tells the struggle of living a new life through a new POV, Locke’s.

Pearson effortlessly blends the past and the present together when Locke relapses. I struggled to pinpoint Locke: Do I like him? Is he good? Is he weak? Is he worthily enough to be given a second-chance? My answers swayed back and forth and I appreciated the chance Pearson gave me as I thought longer and deeper about my impression of Locke. He was physically strong, weak mentality and filled with this anguish. One question that repeatedly came up was who he loved more? Kara or Jenna? Its answer wasn’t clear-dry as love typically isn’t. Even in the depth of vast technological improvements and ever-changing worlds, Pearson still captured the realism of human emotions. She brought pieces of contemporary elements in a fantasy realm.

With the continuation of a series, there is an addition of new characters. Several struck out to me. One in particular isn’t human or even part human. Dot (Dot Jefferson) is a Bot who is programmed to drive a cab. The purpose of her existence is just that: drive. She doesn’t need legs, the sense of smell, taste, or touch for her purpose. But she, like other Bots, dream. They dream to escape their caged world and long to live their lives their way. With Dot, readers experience the excitement of looking at a brand new world. Taking simple pleasures and being thankful for just that. She was full of life…of bubbly energy that was infectious.

I found the plot to be simple but the details complex. Pearson built a world in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and sustained it in The Fox Inheritance. There is some drag to the novel where things slow down and Locke gets lost in his mind; a frustration with Locke when his indecision halts the entire novel and forces me to chug right on through. The climax leaves more questions than answers.

I urge readers who more interested in philosophical novels to read The Fox Inheritance and its prequel, The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

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Normally I'm not a fan of faces stuck in the middle of covers but I love in this case, the face is made up of pieces of a puzzle.
Source: ARC from Henry Holt for blog tour
Published: 2012, August 30; hardcover
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