The Fox Inheritance, by Mary E. Pearson
260 years after a fatal car accident, Lock and Kara awake to find they have new bodies and their minds finally free of their imprisoned digital boxes. Everyone they knew and loved has long since gone, except for Jenna Fox – the third friend who didn’t survive the car crash either. Jenna was given a new body 260 years ago, and has been living all these lifetimes without Lock and Kara. 260 inside of a cube has changed both Lock and Kara. And Lock wonders if what’s left is even human anymore.
A sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, the story skips over 260 years to a very different future. Jenna’s personality has not really changed, but she’s less naïve. Lock still has the mentality of a teenager, loving and wanting to protect his two best friends despite Kara’s obvious neurosis. His gullibility is beyond frustrating at times. Dot, the taxicab bot, is actually my favorite character. She’s innocent and selfless, whose dreams of freedom are inspiring.
The Fox Inheritance has a very different feel than its predecessor. While both focus on what it means to be human, this story has much more adventure and suspense. There were various strange plot holes like why Jenna would wait over 250 years to have a child from her spouse who died almost 200 years ago and why Kara blames Jenna for something completely beyond her knowledge or control. But suspending disbelief and predictability, this is still an exciting, thought-provoking story with heart.
The copy I received was on CD, read by Matthew Brown who does a fantastic job with Locke, Dot, and several accents.