January 9, 2012

Book Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson


The Fox Inheritance
At First Sight: For a long time, Locke lived inside an unfathomable darkness where there is no time or space or anything other than his own dark thoughts and the voice of his best friend Kara. Sometime before, there was also the voice of Jenna but then it vanished and neither Kara nor Locke have a clue of where she went.

All Locke knows is that there was a terrible accident, and that now he and Kara are awake and everyone they once new is dead - as over 200 years have passed since- and that their minds were uploaded into replicas of their old bodies thanks to a technology Jenna's father created long ago in order to save his daughter.

Because that's the other thing Locke and Kara eventually learn, that Jenna 'survived' the accident, that her father saved her by creating her a new body and uploading her mind into it... while their own minds were abandoned, kept spinning in an "environment" neither death nor alive.

They are told they owe their lives to Dr. Gatsbro, who found them and brought them back to life, but what they don't know is why Gatsbro did it, and when they find out, that'll send them running. Running to the only person that's remotely familiar to them: Jenna Fox. 

Second Glance: I was very excited to read The Fox Inheritance - and so happy when I won it! (thanks to Ashley of Book Labyrinth) - but I don't know why I couldn't love it as much as I loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

I think part of it was because I loved the mystery of what happened to Jenna, finding it all out as she did, but when I started this book, I knew plenty already so I didn't have that drive to keep on reading - or listening as the case might be - and then I had a really hard time matching Locke and Kara to the memory I had of them from Jenna, and they weren't entirely likable in their new incarnations, specially Kara - which was understandable but still, it wasn't what I was expecting.

Another problem I had was that, while the voice of the narrator was very nice, he didn't do a great job creating distinct voices for all the characters so I had a hard time keeping track of who was speaking, even when it was a girl talking.

The story itself was okay, but it didn't resonate as much with me as the first book did.

Bottom Line: The Fox Inheritance is an interesting read and I liked that it kept exploring the world that was presented during Jenna Fox, because I found it frighteningly plausible, which was scary and awesome. Though I didn't connect to the people in the story as much as I hoped, it was an okay read.

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