The Fox Inheritance – Mary E. Pearson (Review)

Title: The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #2)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR), 2011
Genre: YA Dystopia, YA Science Fiction

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

After reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I was intrigued to see how the story continues. I knew from checking ahead that 260 years pass, and that the sequel involved Locke and Kara. I didn’t know how different it would be from the first book, though.


WARNING…THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, AS THIS IS SOMETHING UNAVOIDABLE. THERE IS A MYSTERY IN THE FIRSR BOOK, AND BY SECOND BOOK, IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DOSCOVERED. SO PLEASE, IF YOU PLAN ON READING THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, AND YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED, DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT, AND JUST GO AHEAD AND ASSUME MY REVIEW IS AWESOME AS USUAL. THANK YOU. 😉


Ok, now that that’s outta the way, let’s continue, shall we? (I always am able to avoid spoilers, but it’s kind of impossible when reviewing the second book in this particular series).

Jenna thought that she destroyed the files that held Kara and Locke captive in a virtual wasteland, but she did not count on Dr. Ash making copies. So Jenna Fox never knew that 260 years later, a scientist named Dr. Gatsbro would come across the copies and bring Kara and Locke back. But 260 years is a long time in the dark. Kara is different, and so is Locke. With BioPerfect, a much better version of BioGel from Fox Biosystems, Locke and Kara are better than ever. But Locke is troubled…did he spend too much time in the 6″ cube? Since he’s missing the vital “10%” that’s the standard, is he even really human? Or really even Locke? 

When Dr. Gatsbro’s plans for the two of them become clear, Locke and Kara escape. But what’s left for them now? Their families have long ago past on, and there’s no one that they have a connection to. Except Jenna Fox. And after 260 years, Kara in particular wants answers…why did Jenna abandon them? Locke is hurt, too. Jenna was his best friend, so why would she leave the two of them behind? They don’t know that Jenna thought they were long gone. But Kara wants answers…and it seems like more. Perhaps Kara even wants revenge. All Locke wants is to see the face of the girl he’s loved for 260 years, and ask her why she forgot about him.

This book includes some really complex questions…is it ethical to mess with human biology? What makes us human in the first place anyway? As I read this book, through Locke’s sole perspective, it was troubling to think about. Though the suspense builds, you can kind of figure out what is going to happen eventually in this book, though I didn’t mind. The ending was definitely thrown together to lead to the final book, so it’s left very open. But I think this one lacked the spark that was in The Adoration of Jenna Fox. It’s definitely focused more on the world-building than it is on character, though we do get glimpses of Locke and his complex feelings for both girls. We learn a little about his background, but learn practically nothing about Kara. I wouldn’t have minded having a dual POV to see what went on in her mind, but I feel that move was deliberately made to distance us from her. I also wouldn’t have minded seeing more from Jenna’s perspective, as the first book is all told by Jenna, and I had become attached to her. It would be nice to see what is going on in her mind and with her feelings. But alas, it is all Locke. And sometimes I have trouble connecting to male protagonists, because I’m female. The emotions are completely foreign to me. And women seem a lot more callous from a mam’s perspective, and that makes me feel kind of bad being a woman. 

Is It Classroom-Appropriate?

Yes, but I wouldn’t use it because The Adoration of Jenna Fox is the book that really is the meatier novel. Also, this novel cannot stand alone, though the dystopic world vision of 260 years later is quite the world for students to experience. It’s a shame that it’s not a stand alone, because then I could pose that the ethical implications of Locke and Kara’s situation would make for great lesson plans. However, as it is, I say leave it out and recommend it more for fans of the first book to read outside the classroom.

Age Range:

Lexile.com suggests 12 to Young Adult, and I tend to agree. If has a score of 660L, (no HL or “high-low” score attached) so it does NOT have the implication that though young readers can handle it, it is meant for an older audience. It is strictly suggested to be age-appropriate, which is a nice change from seeing a HL660L, which would imply that though younger readers could follow, the subject matter is too mature. So I say let middle grade readers access this if they are good readers. It is 304 pages, so that might discourage anyone younger than 12 from reading it.

End Result:

★★★★☆. It’s not as good as the first book, as I’ve stated, so I dropped a star from the rating. It’s not forgettable either, though. I did enjoy the book, and will be continuing with Fox Forever just to see what becomes of Jenna and Locke. I want them to get together so bad, but this series seems to be devoid of romance, unlike Pearson’s Kiss of Deception novels. I love the science-fiction aspect of it: it definitely is more science fiction than the first book, and I love that part of it. I want to know more about the world of 260 years into the future.

I would recommend this to those who’ve read The Adoration of Jenna Fox and are curious to what happens next. I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to read after the first book (the first book is good enough to stand alone), but it is a nice continuation of the Fox chronicles.

Happy reading, everyone! If you read this despite my warning against spoilers, and you haven’t read the first book, then that’s on you. I warned you. Lol. 

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12 thoughts on “The Fox Inheritance – Mary E. Pearson (Review)

    1. Yeah, I think you’d be fine leaving off where you did. This book isn’t really essential to the series. It’s like fanfiction for the first book, in a way…it doesn’t add anything to the original but instead plays off of it. This is more of Locke’s story, and I think it might have been even better if the first book wasn’t necessary to read this one. I almost felt Jenna Fox was added as a prop.
      If they don’t get together in the next book, then I’ll probably be a little ticked because then I REALLY won’t understand the purpose of attaching this book to the first. It is called The Jenna Fox Chronicles, yet it feels like she’s slowly being removed from the series.
      If you do read it, let me know what you think. I want to know if others felt the same or loved it/hated it.
      Thank you for reading it! 😊

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  1. I was only able to skim this review because I haven’t read the first one yet and I don’t want to be spoiled in case I do pick up The Adoration of Jenna Fox. It sounds like a good book though, despite it not being as good as the first, so I’m glad you enjoyed it! 😀

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    1. I am GLAD you skimmed. That’s why I put the warning up. If you didn’t have to go into the first one as a blank slate, then I would not have worried. But as it stands, the min you read this review, the whole concept behind the first book and its mystery are ruined. So I’m glad you didn’t read it. You can just trust that it’s the most amazing, awesome, spectacular review you’ve ever read, Lol. 😉

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      1. I’m always wary with reviews for second books in the series, and it’s why I always put warnings on my review as well just because even if I try and avoid spoilers there will be a few just because of the nature of it being the second book in the series.
        I can definitely trust that, and once I have read the first book I’ll come back and read this review in full! 😀

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    1. Yes, I want to have my focus be on materials that can or cannot be used in the classroom, even though I read a wide range of different YA. I’m a Secondary Education English Teacher starting at the end of Fall. I also hate how off the age requirements are for YA readers.
      Thank you! Yes, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a little older, but with Pearson’s new popularity with The Kiss of Deception series, I felt it would be beneficial to read some of her other earlier works. Very different, I must say!!
      😊

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    1. Nope…it’s mainly a rhetorical question. I mean, the question exists because of Jenna and Locke and Kara: if I told you what is going on with them, I’ll ruin the first book, because that’s the mystery! And I didn’t want to ruin it for you. You’ll just have to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox!!

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