She had been living while I was waiting to live. p. 172*
Title: The Fox Inheritance
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Source: Borrowed from Friend
260 years after the car accident that landed Jenna in her coma and “killed” her two best friends, someone has found copies of Locke and Kara’s uploaded minds and has given them new bodies. Locke and Kara have spent centuries trapped in a void with only each others’ thoughts as company. Their world is gone. Everyone they ever loved is gone. Except Jenna. Kara is out for revenge – why didn’t Jenna rescue them? But Locke just wants his best friends back.
When I first heard that The Adoration of Jenna Fox was getting a sequel, I was skeptical. The book stands on its own, and it seemed like it was an attempt to jump on the series bandwagon. I loved Jenna Fox and I didn’t want a sequel to take that away from me.
Turns out I was wrong. While The Adoration of Jenna Fox does stand on its own perfectly fine, The Fox Inheritance was a surprisingly enjoyable addition. Told from Locke’s perspective, the story shows us how the world has changed and how it has not. Like the first book, this one dives into some deep bioethical issues. When is a person still a person? When does a thinking, dreaming machine become a person? What is the price we pay for immortality? When does science go too far?
The Fox Inheritance is a story of friendship. New friendships and very, very old ones. Locke constantly feels torn between Jenna and Kara, and all of it feels very real.
The horror of being trapped in nothing for 260 years. The pain of waking up and realizing everything you once knew no longer exists. The inability to grasp what your identity really is. The friends you meet and lose along the way. All of these things make The Fox Inheritance a rich, heartbreaking tale, and a worthy follow-up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox.
* Page number refers to the ARC and may differ in the published edition.