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The Fox Inheritance

(Jenna Fox Chronicles #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  5,353 ratings  ·  716 reviews

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,

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Henry Holt & Company
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Allie It mentions that he went insane and murders a bunch of people. He was institutionalized I think.
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May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: you won't miss anything by skipping it
Shelves: ya, 2011, sci-fi, starred-2011, 1
It pains me to say this, but The Fox Inheritance is an unnecessary sequel/sidequel/companion to The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Not a train wreck by any means and not poorly written, but a slog nevertheless.

The narrator of this novel is Locke (I am sure you remember him from Jenna's story). Locke and Kara's consciousnesses had been scanned and digitally saved for possible future use. Although Jenna destroyed the copies kept by her parents at the end of the first book, there was another illegal copy
Maggie ☘
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
“What I think is all I have left. My mind is the only thing that makes me different from a fancy toaster. What we think does matter-it's all we truly have.”

This companion novel was basically missing amost of the things I loved about the first book. The protagonist was slightly whiny and naive to me. The tone of the story, the atmosphere were very different. Way too fast paced, with to me meaningless action that felt like a filler in-between two books. The one and only plot thread that felt mean
Tabitha Olson
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox years ago, and loved it. Mary Pearson is a genius! Her books always have such depth, which is what I love most about her work. There is so much to love in The Fox Inheritance: forgiveness, guilt, avoidance, acceptance, change, and letting go. Pearson introduced the concept of darkness in people, and how it’s not the darkness itself that makes us bad, but how we choose to deal with it. Violence vs. mercy. Calculating, one-track minds vs. compassion and willingnes ...more
Shannon (leaninglights)
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting and enjoyable sequel in this series. I wasn't sure where the story was going to go after book 1 but this story was original yet well tied in with the first. I liked many of our new characters :)
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed-arcs, own-arc
If you have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, this review will be spoilery!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox, is one of my all time favorite novel. Ever. To say that The Fox Inheritance had a lot to live up to in my eyes... is an understatement. Although Jenna is still my favorite, The Fox Inheritance definitely makes an appearance on my list.

This story is different... a lot different than Jenna Fox. As the reader we're watching these characters deal with something completely different than what Jen
Jay G
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jenna, Kara and Locke were best friends until an accident caused their minds to be stored in little black boxes when their bodies could no longer function. They spent decades together in a never ending vortex until one day Jenna disappeared. 260 years later, Kara and Locke are woken up, they have new functioning bodies. They don't know anything about this new world and everyone they onc
Maria Elmvang
I read "The Adoration of Jenna Fox" a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it, so I had high hopes for this sequel. Unfortunately it didn't even come close to living up to my expectations. There were aspects of it I liked - especially the Bot-driver Dot - but as a whole it just didn't work for me. The writing was spotty (not just "disjointed for a reason" like in book one), the transitions didn't really work, and though the book tried to lead up to the resolutions of two conflicts, neither we ...more
Colleen Houck
I think I liked this one better than the first. The main character has a really strong voice and I really felt like I got to know him by the end of the book. The ending was a bittersweet one that felt just right. My favorite scene was the reunion with Jenna.
This is one of those rare times when I actually wanted to read more than book 1 in a series. It wasn't because of one of those manipulative cliffhangers, either. I just loved book 1 that much.

Book 2 was good, but it didn't recapture what I felt in book 1 - that feeling of synchronicity with a character, where the thoughts are understandable and the decisions make sense, given the situation. With book 2, Locke was all over the place.

Don't get me wrong, he's a nice enough guy. But he's gullible an
Elle (ellexamines)
2.5 stars. The first and third book are both awesome, but this book is the clear weak link.

This isn't so much a series as three standalones with the same characters, and this standalone feels messy. While the other two books succeed from slow-build plot and smart thematic work, this book feels like a flat book of action. Pearson's strength is in theme and character work, not action, and it shows here. Pearson's action work is fairly boring, in my view, and without interesting characters or them
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
book 22 for 2011.
The best thing about getting ARCs at library conferences is picking up a gem and having no idea you were doing it at the time. You feel like you've won the book lottery. And it's even better when the book rocks. That's how I felt a few years ago when I picked up THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary Pearson (Henry Holt, 2008). The book was a perfect mix of science fiction (light sci-fi, mind you), character development and mystery.

The next best thing about getting ARCs at library
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
It's honestly getting a bit weird that all the teen fiction I'm reading is american, I mean do teens just have no horizons outside their own country? come on kids.

but really I'm ranting. I like this book it's actually better than the first one. some reviews say this is an unnecessary sequel, that's true, but it isn't about whether sequels are necessary it's about whether they are worthwhile. I mean so many teen books try to force you into the reading the sequel by leaving out part of the story.
Liza Wiemer
Mar 23, 2011 added it
Shelves: arc, bea
Picked up the ARC of The Fox Inheritance at the BEA and wow! Mary Pearson did an amazing job on the sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Find out what happens to Kara and Locke, the two characters Jenna was with in a car accident in book one. (She tries to help them when she discovers that her father has downloads of their brains.) Imagine having your brain trapped in a box for 260 years and the ramifications of having your body recreated and enhanced from a small amount of DNA. A fascinating c ...more
Dichotomy Girl
A companion novel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, interesting, but not quite as compelling as the first book. (It's hard to give a good review to this book, without accidentally giving spoilers of the first book) ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.

Kelly Spoer
Nov 09, 2017 marked it as oh-hell-no
totally couldn't get past the first few chapters.

Sad because I really liked the first one
Tiffany Neal
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Adoration of Jenna Fox when I read it over a year ago. I loved the concept, the characters, the emotional impact, the intrigue,and the author's engaging writing style.
I tore through The Fox Inheritance, just starting it last night, which obviously tells you it was hard for me to put down. I loved hearing the story from Locke's point of view (and thankful for Pearson's subtle reminders from the 1st book since it had been so long since I last read it). I'm a huge fan of futuris
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I guess people have different perspectives on this novel versus Jenna Fox, but while I thought Jenna Fox was beautifully written, it was so enclosed by location and plot that I felt like the story was limited.

This was not the case for the Fox Inheritance. Locke and Kara were more intriguing to me than Jenna was-they were cooped up for years and then... didn't come back right? And the world had to get so much bigger now that we have fast-forwarded 200 years in the future and they have to come cro
Well, I cannot stand it, when characters are so dense that they cannot see their own feet, and when the reader has to wait the whole length of a book for the hero to mentally (i.e. in the case of Miesha) or emotionally (i.e. in the case of Kara) catch up. In addition working in that abused-robot-idea to hammer home the what-does-it-need-to-be-called-human-question has been quite unnecessary - as cute'n loyal as Dot the Bot turned out to be.

All in all it's - like Tatiana already stated - a more o
This book makes me wonder what I saw in the first book. I LOVED the first book in the series about Jenna, but this book was just...weird. I don't know - I think I just dislike Kara a LOT. Or is that just me? Like damn, get over it Kara...Yes, I have no clue how it would be to be stuck in this mindless limbo for 260 years, and maybe I would turn out like Kara because of it, but still. Eh, this book just fell short for me, especially how I barely remembered what happened in the first book. Alright ...more
3.5 stars... rounded up to 4 in our star system.

I liked it. It lacked some excitement...

I wish she had done a bit more 'world building', as the little glimpses into it were charming (chocolate peaches? iScroll? I need one of those...)

It was a very introspective-type book, and you barely realize it's dystopian ... maybe it isn't really dystopian, as that is not a major plot point in the book.

It's more like sci-fi lite.

Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-must-reads, 2011
I love the suspense and strangeness of these books. The whole idea of living forever of course fascinates me as a human being. The whole mad scientist thing freaks me out though. Anytime people are altered, be it good or bad, it freaks me out. This was an enjoyable book that I wish I had read after reading the first one. I think there is too much time between the first one and this sequel.
BookChic Club
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing sequel/companion novel, just as great as the first book - full review to come soon.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
"Maybe the impossible is possible when you take everything else away."
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars for me. I was intrigued that the sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox would be set 260 years after the first book (even though I knew that Jenna had the capacity to live as a 17 year old for an indefinite number of years). This story is told from Locke's point of view. He and Kara (Jenna's two best friends who were killed in the car accident they were all involved in prior to the start of book one) are in some sort of institute and their minds have been freed from the black boxes ...more
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enjoyed
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5. Was it necessary? No. Did I like it even more than the first book? Yes.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Different when it's Locke's POV. I liked how it ended.
I was in LOOOOVE with this book and it was my favorite thing in the world and it was totally 5 stars for the first section of it. Unfortunately, the honeymoon phase couldn't last, and the rest of the book was kinda, ehhhh, though still reasonably good. like maybe 3.5 stars.

The setup is: Kara and Locke have had their minds copied and stored in little black boxes of electronics for 260 years. They've only now been uploaded into new bodies. The first section of the book is the two of them on the es
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Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretendi ...more

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