Monday, September 3, 2012
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson
Fair warning, I intend to avoid as many spoilers as possible in this review, but if you HAVE NOT read The Adoration of Jenna Fox yet, I would just totally avoid this review. Just saying what the basic plot of this book is will give a lot of the first book away. Or some of the twists and turns at least and I'd hate to do that for anyone. So fair warning! Turn ye back now if you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox!! I'll tell you that this was another fantastic book and that you should read BOTH of them and we'll leave at that for you guys...ok? Ok...now onto the review we go.
The Fox Inheritance takes place 260 years after the events of The Adoration of Jenna Fox and follows the points of view of Locke and Kara. You may remember them as the other two friend's of Jenna's who's minds were saved after the accident. Well it turns out that their minds have been saved all of these years, and a scientist has built them bodies and uploaded their minds 260 years after the fact, and they awaken into a world that they don't recognize. A world in which they learn they are display pieces for the scientist who created them so that he can sell his product to others. And they want no part of that. Especially after they learn that Jenna is still alive.
I have to admit I was wary about this book. I loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox SO much and I just wanted to continue Jenna's story, so I was kind of pissed when I learned we were jumping 260 years into the future and following Locke and Kara, characters we barely knew from the first book! But fear not!! Pearson does an amazing job with this book. And there is plenty of Jenna in this book too. But it wasn't Jenna I loved most in this book...no, Pearson creates a whole new set of characters that I came to truly care about and love so much.
She raises a lot of questions in this book. Challenges a lot of science and questions it's ethics as humans take control slowly over how the human body evolves, and looks at where we may be headed with "bots" that do many of the jobs that humans do. May not be far off from how things will operate 260 years from now. I've read much more far off versions of what things could be like.
I really don't want to spoil any of the plot of this one, so I'll just say, READ IT. If you enjoyed the first, you'll love this one too as it just builds wonderfully on the first book. And I'm REALLY interested to see now where she takes the final book in the trilogy which is due out sometime next year. Two thumbs up for me and I'm counting it as my third read for RIP as it's very much a thriller type novel!