ScFi Element: Genetic Manipulation
Series: Jenna Fox #2
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A very competent follow-up, The Fox Inheritance added a sense of anxiety and dark simmering violence that THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX lacked. The introduction of the two friends was a surprise for me, Jenna's book could have been a stand-alone, but I was still excited to hear that the world would be explored more. In the end I wasn't disappointed and actually thought that THE FOX INHERITANCE was a little more than the first and the characters better developed.
Locke and Kara have been resurrected after 260 years of stasis - living within a black box where their mind downloads spun and spun. They were forgotten on a shelf and discovered by a scientist with dollar signs in his eyes. Crafted into perfect human beings, their minds uploaded into perfect bodies. They are expected to be grateful to their savior even when everything is so wrong. Centuries gone. Their families long deceased. The only living person they know is Jenna, who lives somewhere out of reach. Jenna, who is a long lost friend to Locke and the reason for their pain according to Kara...
THE FOX INHERITANCE was uniquely constructed. The world has changed since the time of THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX. Two hundred and sixty years is a long time and Pearson moved the setting along perfectly. Locke finds himself in an alien world and has to cope with what he has been given and the pain he went through "in the box". The book went from being very internal to a lot going on externally. It also broadened some interesting ideas that were expanded on that I'm pretty sure we might be faced with in the future. I think some of the ideas had a good basis but was wrapped in a quick little package, so I would have liked to see a lot more, but the book worked in this form. Yet, I do believe that as a longer adult novel these ideas could have been quite epic. Pearson has quite an imagination and her world building was well thought out and implemented. Locke as a character was highly enjoyable and Kara was rather creepy. Jenna was still a little stand-off-ish, but it fit the personality. Overall, excellent follow-up and I can't wait to read more from Mary Pearson.
Recommended for fans of psychological dystopians, books like WITHER by Lauren deStefano and MATCHED by Ally Condi. Please read the first book because while it wasn't necessarily needed it will help you understand the world the books are based in. There wasn't much to be worried about as far as censorship is needed, should be safe for younger to mature teens and enjoyable by adults.
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