Book Review: The Fox Inheritance – Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Fox Inheritance
Author: Marry Pearson
ISBN: 9780805088298
Pages: 204
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: Dystopian, Teen/YA
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

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Comments

  1. I really liked Jenna Fox. Yeah, it wasn’t perfect but I didn’t care, it was fun. I have this one, I just need to get to it (hard to do when I have so many books vying for my love!). I’m glad to see it got your thumbs up!

  2. I really liked Jenna Fox. Yeah, it wasn’t perfect but I didn’t care, it was fun. I have this one, I just need to get to it (hard to do when I have so many books vying for my love!). I’m glad to see it got your thumbs up!

  3. I really enjoyed Jenna Fox, I enjoyed the secrets and the bioethics topic. I have this one downloaded and i’m hopinh to get to it soon. I’m hoping to really enjoy it.

  4. I really enjoyed Jenna Fox, I enjoyed the secrets and the bioethics topic. I have this one downloaded and i’m hopinh to get to it soon. I’m hoping to really enjoy it.

  5. I have to admit that I only mildly enjoyed the first, so I’m not sure I’ll be picking this one up. It would be nice to fill in some gaps in the first story though.

  6. I have to admit that I only mildly enjoyed the first, so I’m not sure I’ll be picking this one up. It would be nice to fill in some gaps in the first story though.

  7. It’s sad that people are not loving this book as much as the first one. Most reviews are basically saying it is just okay… I still look forward to reading it, though.

  8. It’s sad that people are not loving this book as much as the first one. Most reviews are basically saying it is just okay… I still look forward to reading it, though.

  9. I ***loved **** Dot!!!

  10. I ***loved **** Dot!!!

  11. I only glanced at this review because I just bought the first book a few weeks ago, and the second arrived in audio format just yesterday, so I am a little behind when it comes to this series. I have heard that both books are very good, but that some have preferred the first over the second. In my eyes, it’s often hard to duplicate that initial magic when it comes to sequels, but it will be interesting to read this one back to back and see how Pearson does.

  12. I only glanced at this review because I just bought the first book a few weeks ago, and the second arrived in audio format just yesterday, so I am a little behind when it comes to this series. I have heard that both books are very good, but that some have preferred the first over the second. In my eyes, it’s often hard to duplicate that initial magic when it comes to sequels, but it will be interesting to read this one back to back and see how Pearson does.

  13. I didn’t love Adoration, but it was enjoyable enough and I think I may enjoy this one more.

  14. I didn’t love Adoration, but it was enjoyable enough and I think I may enjoy this one more.

  15. I wasn’t as in love with Adoration like most people seemed to be, so I’m really curious to see how I’ll react to this one. Glad to hear you did enjoyed, even with the discrepancies.

  16. I wasn’t as in love with Adoration like most people seemed to be, so I’m really curious to see how I’ll react to this one. Glad to hear you did enjoyed, even with the discrepancies.

  17. I agree with you … I enjoyed the “world building” in this book so much more. And it felt like a totally different book than Adoration … much more action packed and therefore more fun. (I wasn’t a big fan of Adoration.) And I enjoyed Dot too. All in all, I thought it was the better of the two books but not a brilliant book overall.

  18. I agree with you … I enjoyed the “world building” in this book so much more. And it felt like a totally different book than Adoration … much more action packed and therefore more fun. (I wasn’t a big fan of Adoration.) And I enjoyed Dot too. All in all, I thought it was the better of the two books but not a brilliant book overall.

  19. I really enjoyed the first book despite its flaws, so I’m looking forward to reading this one at some point. Glad to hear there’s lots of action this time around.

  20. I really enjoyed the first book despite its flaws, so I’m looking forward to reading this one at some point. Glad to hear there’s lots of action this time around.

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