September 1, 2011

Audio Review: The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Title: The Fox Inheritance
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio                                                                      


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.
My Review

The Adoration of Jenna Fox was one of the first books I read because of blogging.  I had seen it on several blogs when I first started blogging, so I picked it up.  It was a great read, but I thought that was it. I had no clue that there was another book in the works.  When I saw this book was coming out I was soooooo excited.  I'm glad it didn't let me down.

This book picks up 260 years later.  I don't think I've ever read a sequel with that much of a gap! The first thing I liked was that the main characters switched from Jenna to Kara and Locke.  Normally I'm not a real fan of this, but throughout the first book I had always wondered what "life" was like for them and if Jenna did get rid of all of them.  I was excited because now I would find out what happened.  And from the summary I knew they were probably going to find Jenna, so I was double excited because I'd also find out what happen to her!

I loved the character of Locke a lot.  Having him tell the story was perfect because he is a much more calmer figure than Kara - or even Jenna if she had told it.  Locke thinks very deeply about everything.  Kind of a side affect of being able to do nothing but think for 260 years!  And how he thought anaylized what happened to them before and now was fasinating.  The agony they lived in while suspended was so woven in everything he thought now, that you knew completely what he had gone through.  I remember thinking many times I don't know how it did it and came out sane!  Then his relationship with Kara who lived that horrible "life" with him spins him in cirlces he doesn't know how to get out of.  He knows that Kara kept him sane, but he's never sure he did the same for her.  This mixes in with everything else he's dealing with and you just feel for him.

The plot of this book is very slow.  It really is a book driven by the characters and how they are dealing in a world they don't know.  It's filled with lots of just Locke thinking.  Had I not been listening to it, I fear I might've skipped over parts.  I'm glad I didn't thought because to truly understand Lock and Kara you have to dig through all this with him.  You have to see every piece he's trying to make fit.  I honestly think I would've lost things if I had skipped them.

The minor characters in the book are great.  I especially like Dot the Bot - basically artifical intellegence robot.  Her story of having dreams and wanting to be remembered fit nicely with what Locke was dealing with, and it questioned nicely the whole dilemma of what makes a person a person.  Her story touched me quite a bit!

The Narrator:  I really liked the narrator,  Matthew Brown.  He did a great job as Locke, sounding just like a confused teenager that is really 260+ years old!  And the other voices were done well too.  I found listening to him easy, and I will definately listen to other books by him.

For the Guys? YES! Locke is a great character for YA guys to relate to!  Locke is questioning who he is, how he fits into this new world he's found himself in, even whether he loved Kara or Jenna.  I think these are all things that teen boys could relate to.

Final Thought:  Though provoking book that raises good questions by young man you can relate to
Best stick-with-you image:  The V-ads (I think that's what they were called) They were ads that floated in front of you when you walked around in public places.
Best for readers who:  Can read a slow moving book.
Best for ages: 14+

Ps. I heard a rumor there is going to be another book in this series.  Does anyone know that for sure??? Fingers crossed!


  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't started this series. I'm not sure I'd like a slow book so thanks for sharing that.

    Love your blog design changes BTW. This is better than some of the design choices you were thinking of. Good job!

  2. Great review!

    Audio question for you: how do you audio? Do you have a portable cd player? Do your rip the cds? I'm thinking of getting into it but don't have a portable cd player.

  3. Juju

    I do several things. Usually my kids and I listen in the car and then we use CD's. Every once in a while we'll listened to a ripped one (you can easily rip the CD into Itunes or other similar programs) on my iPod Touch. I have this thing that allows me to play it over the speakers in my car through a radio station, but it's not perfect. I also listen on my ipod while working out. It's kind've all over the board. While I painted this summer I listened to the ones on my ipod but I hooked it up to the speaker set I have for it. If you do putting them onto an MP3 player is the easiest. Otherwise you have to burn them through Itunes and burning audio books through them is a pain.

    I hope that answered some! I love audio books, and I'm really going to push them this real with my reluctant readers. I've even brought mine in CD form to school so the kids can check them out.

  4. Jill,
    Thank you so much for your thoughts and input!

    I've been thinking of trying to get into audios (from the library) but wasn't sure how must people put them to use. Thanks again :)