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Editorial Reviews


“This is a mesmerizing story that will be greeted enthusiastically by Jenna Fox fans.” --VOYA
"The ethical debates around whether science should be limited by conscience and not just ability are well integrated into a story that is equally strong as an exploration of home, identity, and the meaning of survival." --BCCB

“A gripping story that begs the question: Do you really know what lies at the genesis of your friend's biology, psyche or even their heart?” –Shelf Awareness

“…the story is gripping, urgent, and highly appealing…” --School Library Journal

" is through his [Locke’s] viewpoint that we experience the confusing futuristic world, the thrilling suspense of the chase, the charged emotional reunion of the friends, and the admirably complex playing out of the issues of trust, ethics, and betrayal.” --Horn Book Magazine

“A dazzling blend of science fiction, mystery, and teen friendship drama…” --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"...the book's timely and haunting questions will leave thoughtful readers with much to ponder." --Kirkus Reviews
“In this futuristic follow-up, Pearson pries open the most haunting element of Jenna Fox's world:  disembodied minds trapped in computers. Questions of human identity and nightmarish medical technology drive this riveting, thought-provoking sequel.”

—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

About the Author

Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams
Pearson studied at Long Beach State University and San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. 

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Jenna Fox Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805088296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805088298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary E. Pearson is the author of several award winning books for teens, including the best-selling Jenna Fox Chronicles. She is a native Southern Californian and writes full time from her home in Carlsbad, California where she lives with her family.

Her awards and honors include the Golden Kite Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, the Andre Norton Honor, and The South Carolina Young Adult Book Award.

Her newest series, The Remnant Chronicles, kicks off with THE KISS OF DECEPTION, the first in a trilogy about a defiant princess living in the ruins of a bygone world.

Her website, has more information about Mary and her books.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on July 30, 2011
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The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson - scheduled for release on August 30, 2011.

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"They say time heals all wounds, but they're wrong. After a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, the minds of three best friends were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Lock 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, Lock and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead. Everyone . . . except Jenna Fox."
This is a well written, engaging sequel to Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I have to admit that with the way that book ended, I did not expect there to be a sequel. Sometimes it's nice to be surprised. Though I enjoyed both books, I have to say I enjoyed this sequel more.

What I liked about the book: It's a page turner. Even though I would classify this as a sci-fi book, it's also a thriller. There's a cross country chase, a mystery, and of course the good guys vs the bad guys. It even includes an ethical dilemma regarding bio-engineering. How far should we go to save/extend life? I liked that even though this is a sequel, it could very easily be a stand alone read. Pearson has created well developed characters (even the ones I didn't like - like Kara) and she's a master at world building.

What I didn't like about the book: I liked it all.

Fans of sci-fi futuristic stories will enjoy this book. It has a touch of dystopian flavor to it as well, though not enough that I would classify it as a dystopian novel.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
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The Fox Inheritance reminds me of Scott Westerfeld's Extras. I mean it as the original book (or books) had a clear plot and ending and then the author decided to go ahead and add another book to the mix. While I liked Extras and The Fox Inheritance, I felt like it was not a true part of the earlier book/s. That didn't mean the book wasn't good, just not as good as the original/s.

I understand why the author felt like she had to write another book... we had no idea what happened to Locke and Kara, I mean we know what happened to their hard drives (through Jenna's book) but we really only knew `of' them and not them. There were a lot of questions and this book did a good job of answering the questions, as well as letting readers really get to know these two, and Jenna through their eyes. Locke and Kara were never destroyed, or at least a copy of them wasn't. Two centuries later a scientist decides to give them bodies. Not only do they have to adapt, they have to come to terms with the fact that they believe Jenna didn't `save' them. Kara especially is violent and angry. Not to mention they only had each other in the blackness to keep sane... now they have an entirely new world, one they don't understand.

On a whole this book was enjoyable, I wanted to finish it and I thought that having Locke be the one to tell the story was great. It isn't at the same level as The Adoration of Jenna Fox was, though I'm not sure that could have been changed. The book might start off slow but I would urge readers to keep going because the book speeds up as well as starts to really come together near the middle. I believe this is going to be a series, and I bet it will get even better. Enjoy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on September 6, 2012
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I try never to leave bad reviews, and I really don't want to disparage someone's work. I understand that writing a book takes a lot of time and effort, and reading it takes next to none. It seems unfair then to write anything bad flippantly.

That said, I really, really didn't like this book. And I LOVED the Adoration of Jenna Fox. What's more, it ruined that book for me. "Adoration" is one of those books that stays with you. I read it quite a few years ago, and can remember pretty much every detail. I found it fascinating then, and shockingly poignant after having children. It's one of the most memorable stories I've ever heard.

I was excited to find this book recently. Unfortunately, it's unpleasant, slow, and without a plot. I didn't particularly like Locke, and hated Kara. There was no real depth to either character. The thought of them spending so long in hell was the focus of the first part of the book, and it was unpleasantly dark and unproductive. Understandably, one would come through that changed, though Locke seemed as immature and needy after as he was before. The whole book had a futility to it that, along with the lack of forward movement, made it a difficult read.

I had found Jenna's destruction of Kara and Locke in "Adoration" to be touching and sad, and this completely undermined that. In addition, It takes nearly the first half of the novel for them to escape, and the second half for them to find Jenna. After that, Kara's actions make no sense, and we aren't privy to any of her thoughts except her irrational anger. And Locke stupidly knows that Kara is dangerous, but keeps genuinely trying to reassure Jenna that she's not. That also made no sense.
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