Krista Reviews: Mary E. Pearson's - "The Fox Inheritance"


Summary:

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

This is a sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox if you have not yet read that book, beware this review will contain spoilers.

260 years after leaving Jenna’s story we travel across what used to be the United States to the Eastern states. We find out that unbeknownst to Jenna’s father, one of his co-workers kept a copy of Locke and Kara’s information. They have been brought back to life to be visual examples of Dr G’s business. He keeps them hidden away in his mansion and displayed for wealthy businessmen to come and admire for the technology. Even though they are illegal specimens, it is known (because of Jenna) that it is possible, medically to reconstruct so much of the body with only the minimum cell samples. Early in the story Kara is unsatisfied with their current situation, and now that she has heard that Jenna is still alive, she has some questions that need answering, and they decide to escape.

This side of the story is told from Lock’s perspective. He is concerned about Kara’s determination to find Jenna, she has mysterious and dangerous thoughts in her head and he fears for Jenna’s safety. He is also still deeply in love with Jenna and desires them to all be reunited.

I found the author’s vision of the future in this book was very interesting. The United States being separated into two sections run by politics. The Republicans and the Democrats and you can only move to a different side of the country every 8 years. There are also added factors of the nomads in which she refers to as “land pirates” as well as super fast moving cars, trains and more intelligent robot/cyborg beings. It is highly imaginative and yet a believable and interesting look of what could be possible for our future.

My mind had a hard time grasping some of the emotions that occur within Jenna, Locke and Kara. Most of them would include huge spoilers for you, but mostly I felt it  hard to grasp onto how many emotions they have for being reanimated people. They not only experience human emotions of hate, anger, love, guilt and depression but it’s the level in which they “feel” these emotions I had a hard time understanding. It’s all very dramatic and overly emotional even for humans. Also, in the first book we are also introduced to the fact that Jenna must eat only a bag of nutrients only every couple of hours to sustain her system, but in this continuation of the story, I don’t remember there being any emphasis on the nutrients supplements, even in one part it refers to Lock eating off plates, but I don’t remember being filled in with any information or changes in the technology that allowed them to be able to handle real food.

The narrator for the audio book did a great job. There were times that I had to remind myself that this is somebody being reanimated after centuries and very confused about what was going on in the world because there were huge sections of just information about what he was thinking and “feeling”. He is in a body that is similar to the one he has always known, but doesn’t seem to be quite the same or work the same way.

Although there is a lot of traveling from the East coast to the West coast and we get to meet a lot of different types of dangerous people along the way 80% of the story is just Locke’s thoughts about what is happening, or did happen to him in the past. The narrator for the audiobook does a really good job of voicing the side characters as well. It is an interesting and unique twist to a science fiction look into our futures. How one day the advances in medicine and technology can bring us so close to being able to live for centuries at a time and still maintain our most basic of human emotions and instinct to survive.

Listen to an audio sample.


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