Review: The Fox Inheritance

Review: The Fox InheritanceThe Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson
Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles #2
Published by Henry Holt BFYR on August 30, 2011
Genres: Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

Last year, I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox. When I heard there was going to be a sequel I was surprised and excited, especially since the viewpoint would be from someone new. One of my biggest problems with book one was that Jenna was not an especially likable narrator. Alas, sometimes it would be best for an author to let a story close without writing a sequel; this is one of those times for me.

Locke did not make a better narrator for one thing. He never really coalesced into a real person. There just doesn’t seem to be much to him; he may actually consist only of his love/obsession for Kara and Jenna. Rather than being focused on the ethical dilemmas involved in these technologies like the first book, I felt that the melodrama upstaged those questions.

The love triangle just creeped me out. I agree with Alyss that it’s not possible to be in love with two people at once, so I just could not care about Locke and his desperate need to please and be with both girls. The society is what’s so interesting here, but the focus isn’t really on that.

Much of the plot was predictable, especially the climax. The unexpected things, like Jenna having a daughter, were not happy surprises. Reading over what I’ve written here, it definitely sounds like I hated this; I didn’t, but it was hugely disappointing.

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