Audiobook Review: Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

Audiobook Review: Fox Forever by Mary E. PearsonFox Forever by Mary E. Pearson
Narrator: Matthew Brown
Length: 9 hrs, 29 mins
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles #3
Published by Macmillan Audio on March 19, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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two-half-stars

Locke Jenkins has some catching up to do. After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he’ll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network.

Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled deep into the world of the resistance—and into Raine’s life.

Mary E. Pearson brings the story she began in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and continued in The Fox Inheritance to a breathtaking conclusion as Locke discovers that being truly human requires much more than flesh and blood.

Woohoo, another series finished! Please allow me to revel in this accomplishment. I sort of wasn’t planning on finishing this one, but things happened and here we are. That’s basically this month’s reading in a nutshell. It does satisfy my penchant for completion if nothing else. I planned to send this series to the graveyard after the thoroughly uninspiring second book. Still, Fox Forever was okay, if not anywhere near the quality of the first book in the series.

Despite my continued reticence for the fact that Pearson made a solid standalone into a series, I do understand now why she did. The second book felt like a random money grab, and a pathetic one at that. There wasn’t a larger narrative or anything that I could hold onto as a reason why the book was necessary. Fox Forever does bring Jenna’s story to a close and deals with larger issues, like the treatment of the created humans and of robots like Dot, from the previous book.

Though this one is better, I’m still going to advise that it’s probably best not to read past The Adoration of Jenna Fox. The entire second book seems important only to introduce the character of Dot and to add that ethical dilemma. That could easily have been accomplished in this book, so second book syndrome to the max. Plus, that whole thing with Kara was supposed to be touching, but I just hated her and every time she was mentioned in Fox Forever, I wanted to hurl the book at the wall (but I can’t because it’s on my iPod) because I do not Kara about her at all.

Fox Forever deals with two things: the rights of non-Pacs and romance. Both are given about equal treatment, I guess, but the romance sort of felt like it was the highlight. They’re all tied up together. Anyway, Locke is the narrator again, and he’s still a pretty boring guy. Thankfully, they circumstances and overall plot were a bit better, or maybe just the fact that I read this one on audio made it more tolerable than the previous installment.

Because of some event in the previous book, Locke owes the resistance a favor. He’s assigned to make friends with Raine, the daughter of a government official, so that he can find out information about his evil plans. Inevitably, Locke and Raine fall in love. Rather quickly, I might add. They do at least spend a good deal of time together along the way, but the cheesiness and swiftness of their romantic arc left me cold and skeptical.

The narrator does a decent job and he does help make a pretty flat, boring character seem more lifelike. Books like that are precisely the ones I seek out audiobooks for if I want to read them for some reason. My issue with the narrator is that he doesn’t necessarily say things in a way that flows naturally. He particularly had issues with the words “and” and “that,” after which he would almost always leave a weird pause. It’s not that huge of an issue, but, at the same time, it definitely grates on you once you notice and “and” is a word that gets used A LOT.

That all sounds quite negative, but mostly this was an okay book. It did keep me entertained for all ten hours of the audio. My issues, romance aside, are mostly drawn from the fact that the series as a whole diminishes The Adoration of Jenna Fox, since it worked better as a standalone in my opinion.

Tl;dr – Book in GIFfy:

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