Title: The Fox Inheritance
Author: Marry Pearson
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: Dystopian, Teen/YA
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Jenna Fox’s two best friends, Locke and Kara, the two that were in the accident with her, have been reawakened using Bio-Gel. Two hundred and sixty years have passed, and they know nothing of the world around them. They are being held prisoner by the man who restored them, but Locke and Kara are determined to find a way out, and find a way back to Jenna.
I enjoyed The Adoration of Jenna Fox, but I had some issues with it, namely that I felt like it was anti-climactic and I didn’t love the world-building surrounding the novel. Those hesitations weren’t an issue in The Fox Inheritance; Mary Pearson fills in many of the gaps that The Adoration of Jenna Fox left behind, while forging new ground with this gripping sequel.
Where The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a quiet, contemplative novel full of secrets, The Fox Inheritance is action packed. From cross-country chases to murder, Locke and Kara are on the go from the first few chapters. Locke is the narrator of the book, and he’s appealing. Sympathetic and a peacemaker, he tries to manage the increasingly wild tendencies of Kara while also being hopeful at the prospect of reuniting with Jenna.
The world building is certainly interesting in The Fox Inheritance. Kara and Locke have missed out on almost three centuries of history, and they have to catch up quickly. Some of the revelations don’t seem practical at all (for example, the idea of the United States splitting in two and each citizen being able to choose which they join, regardless of location – how would that even work?), but it’s definitely interesting. The introduction of bots, and their dynamics with humans, brought an entirely new dimension to the novel.
Overall, I enjoyed The Fox Inheritance. It wasn’t perfect – there were some discrepancies, and I thought the addition of Dot, while a great idea, was executed a little artificially. Additionally, the plot was incredibly predictable, to the point where I wanted to yell at the characters in the book because I could see what was coming. But it was a quick and intriguing read, and I was glad to learning more about Jenna Fox’s world.