Google+ Reading Teen: Book & Audio Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book & Audio Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke 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, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.

Everyone except Jenna Fox.

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 9 hours and 36 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Macmillan Audio Release Date: August 30, 2011
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Hmmm....well, these reviews are the hardest for me, because I don't feel passionately one way or another about this audio.  The reader, Matthew Brown, did an OK job as Locke, the narrator.  His voice seemed to take on the same patterns over and over while reading, which was kind of monotonous.  A lot of that had to do with, I think, the fact that most of the book was just Locke's thoughts and internal dialog.  He had different voices for all the characters, but they weren't drastically different.  The girls' voices sounded decent, and I especially liked his voice for the doctor.  Overall, if you're looking for a new audiobook, and you'd like to read The Fox Inheritance, I would recommend getting it on audio.  I preferred the audio over reading the book.

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (August 30, 2011)
Buy the Book:  Amazon 

 I feel about this book the way I felt about the audio.  It was just ok.  I was kind of disappointed because I really liked The Adoration of Jenna Fox.  Here are the things I didn't care for:
  • There was too much internal dialog.  Most of the book was Locke talking to himself about his life, his thoughts, and "lapses" where he would just go on and on.  
  • There wasn't enough world building.  I can't tell you how many times it said something like, "After two hundred years, (whatever) was still the same."  There were a couple of things that sounded futuristic, but overall so much was still the same.  I mean, even something simple like trains.  After 200 years, we're still going to be riding in trains?  
  • There wasn't enough action.  I felt like there was a lot of potential for action in this book, and even serious creepiness, but it just never happened.  Even the ending was so anticlimactic.  
  • Locke was soft.  The way that he let Kara walk all over him drove me crazy.  I understand that there were reasons for this, but UGH....blech.  
  • Lack of romance.  Not that every book needs romance, but this one certainly did.  After 200 years in a box......Locke needed some action!  :P
There were things that I liked about the book.  I did like finding out what happened to Locke and Kara.  There was a level of creepiness with Doctor G and Kara.  I love that I got to see Jenna again, and find out what happened in her life.   There were some interesting surprises and small little mysteries also.

Overall, I feel like if you're dying to know what happens after Jenna Fox, than pick this one up.  But if you're happy with the way things ended, you may want to just skip this one.

It's your move


  1. I loved the first one so I am a bit tempted to read this one, just to see how it is. But I thought they "died" when Jenna threw the computers into the pond o_O

  2. Yeah.....they should have just stayed dead. haha o_O


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