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Fox Forever (The Fox Chronicles #3) – Mary E. Pearson

Fox Forever (The Fox Chronicles #3) – Mary E. PearsonTitle: Fox Forever (The Fox Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Publishing Info: March 19, 2013 by Macmillan
Source: Received from the publisher for review purposes
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: February 10, 2013
Related Posts: The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1), The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles #2), The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

    Locke Jenkins has some catching up to do. After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he’ll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network.
    Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled deep into the world of the resistance—and into Raine’s life.
    In Fox Forever, Mary E. Pearson brings the story she began in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and continued in The Fox Inheritance to a breathtaking conclusion as Locke discovers that being truly human requires much more than flesh and blood.

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Warning: There are some spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books!

Yay, finally! This is was I was hoping for from this series, and I really felt like it all came together FOX FOREVER. Not only do we see more of Jenna, but I feel like Locke is finally starting to figure himself out in this book and I got SO much more personality from him. He’s finally free to act on his own will without worrying about other people tugging him in one direction or the other. I think seeing this side of Locke’s character helped make the book so much more enjoyable and I really got into the characters.

As far as plot goes, I feel like this was the best out of the series too. I think the romance between Locke and Raine really added a nice chunk of the story and gave it a little something extra that I was missing from books one and two. I know Jenna had a little romance in book one, but I was never really that into it. Locke and Raine, however, I totally loved. It made a big difference having a riskier and more passionate romance.

I was interested in the whole resistance/rescue mission plot, but at times, it was too political for me. I also wanted to know just a little bit more about the resistance since this was really its first appearance in the series (I think it had been mentioned in the second book, but not in detail). There were a lot of good points in the book and overall, I did end up enjoying it more than the first two, but still didn’t quite knock me off me feet!

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Locke: Locke was definitely more developed in this book and I got a LOT more personality from his character this time around. I felt like I connected with him a lot more as a narrator and really understood where he was coming from. It’s the first time I sincerely connected with a character in the series so that was a big thing for me!
Raine: I really liked Raine — a lot! She was a fireball and I always love a rebellious daughter of a political figure. Makes things so much more exciting! Her character had a few small flaws that bothered me, but overall, I thought she was one of the more enjoyable characters of the book as well.

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Borrow it.

I got a BIT more into this one than I had in the second book, but JENNA FOX was still the best for me! It’s a borrow-type trilogy for me!

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     The Adoration of Jenna Fox      The Fox Inheritance

The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles #2) – Mary E. Pearson

The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles #2) – Mary E. PearsonTitle: The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson
Publishing Info: August 30, 2011 by Macmillan
Source: Received from the publisher for review purposes
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: February 9, 2013
Related Posts: The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1), Fox Forever (The Fox Chronicles #3), The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

   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.

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Warning: There are some spoilers if you haven’t read the first book!

Sadly, I was less than impressed with the second book of The Fox Chronicles. I think what made book one so interesting was that I had no idea what was going on with Jenna until the big reveal. Here, we already know the technology that brought Jenna back from near-death and now it’s been perfected for Locke and Kara. I didn’t find many exciting moments despite our two main characters being on the run for most of the book and maybe that’s also because I didn’t find the main characters to be exciting at all either.

I almost felt like this should have been a book to be told from alternating point of views. We’re so into the heads of Kara and Locke, but everything comes from Locke, who I personally found to be flat and boring. I didn’t feel a lot of his personality come out in the book at all. Plus, he has this weird love triangle going on with Jenna and Kara, being in love with both of them at once, and Kara’s constant jealousy spiraling through his mind at all times. It was just a little bizarre and Kara’s jealousy was so intense that it was off-putting.

THE FOX INHERITANCE was just so-so for me. I felt like the whole story was a bit unnecessary, if we’re being honest. Since everyone is so into novellas nowadays, I almost feel like this book should have been a short, filler story in between book one and book three (which I’m reading right now and therefore I feel comfortable making that statement). It was a nice transition between the first and third books, but since we jumped from Jenna’s POV into Locke’s – who no one even got a chance to really meet in book one – It was book two syndrome all over again… Lost in a totally different world, completely cut off from the characters and setting of book one.

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Locke: I struggled with Locke. I never got to know his character in book one and reading this book didn’t really set out a nice base of a character for me. He was very unsure which made me unsure about him as well. I felt like Locke’s character was all over the place and I could never really figure out what he was supposed to be like, sort of leaving me in the lurch there.
Kara: Kara bothered me. I get that “something” was off about her the whole book and I guess we’re supposed to be bothered a little bit, but again – that’s a time where it would have been nice to know what her original personality was and to actually see the change. Since I never knew her as she was before the accident, I just didn’t like her off the bat and it made it hard for me to ever be on her side.

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Library Read

It was an okay read but I wasn’t nearly as captivated as I was with the first book. I am really interested to see how this trilogy closes though!

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1) – Mary E. PearsonTitle: The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Fox Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Publishing Info: September 1, 2009 by Macmillan
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: June 12, 2012
Related Posts: The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles #2), Fox Forever (The Fox Chronicles #3), The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

Breaking It Down Further: After 17-year-old Jenna Fox finally awakens from a coma after 18 months, she can’t remember the accident that put her there. In fact, she can’t remember a lot about her life before the accident. Bit by bit, her memories come back to her as well as with the help of home movies. But something still doesn’t feel right to Jenna. Some of her memories seem off and others too clear. There’s the fact that her parents are basically keeping her captive inside their new home in California — A place they literally just moved to after the accident. And the fact that there are times when Jenna just doesn’t feel right in her body at all. Slowly, she tries to put together the pieces of what this accident did to her and how to recover what she can’t remember.

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So I definitely think the less you know about the plot to start with, the better. The best part of the book (for me at least) was the very beginning. We only know what Jenna is thinking and feeling and as she get more curious, confused, and unsure about her new life, I really began to wonder… What in the Sam Hill did they do to this girl? Her memories are all garbled – Some missing, some way too vivid – and she feels weird in her own body. Is she a robot? Is this a virtual world and she’s only living out her life in a computer? Is she a clone? What’s going on here!?! So I read and I read and I read, dying to find out what happened to Jenna Fox, and finally – the reveal!

Don’t worry, I’m definitely not giving the secret away. Maybe I ruined it with all my guessing because some how it was not as shocking as I thought it would be (confused yet? If so, GOOD! It’ll be better that way, I promise). But anyway, it’s a very interesting concept and one that’s highly controversial and morally questionable to let Jenna live like that.

Well. I don’t really want to say much more about the plot itself. I want to shroud it in mystery because I think it makes for a better book if you don’t know everything that’s going on – It really lets you get inside Jenna’s head and understand her thoughts and feelings better.

I loved Jenna’s relationship with her grandma. You really see grandma Lily struggling to make something out of Jenna after the accident/coma — We start off by thinking it’s because she made her peace with the fact that she was going to die and said her goodbyes, and then the relationship starts to soften and develop, and Grandma really becomes a friend as well as guidance in life after the accident. I think Lily is my favorite character in the whole book.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, but as I was reading I thought that maybe it was intentional. Jenna’s narration seems so cold, mostly unfeeling. Very straight-forward and almost simplistic. I felt like there were a lot of lack of natural things like contractions and similes, etc — parts of our lexicon that we use all the time, but now that I’m thinking about it, kind of brilliant to really break it down to how simply Jenna is thinking. She’s pretty messed up and obviously different since the accident and waking up from the coma, so I think that’s all part of starting over. She’s trying to re-find herself as she develops new memories and remembers the old. You can see the stark difference in the emotion of Jenna’s mom as well as a few of the kids from her new school. They clearly have a lot of emotion whereas Jenna is still working all of it out for herself.

As we learned more about what was really going on, we really got pushed to the moral and social issues behind the story, and that I enjoyed. There are some parts of the book that really make you think, “If this was really happening, how would I feel about it?” and sometimes I just didn’t know. It got set up for a second book (and I know there’s one out there), but not quite sure how I’ll feel about that, but it still really does sound interesting.

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4/5 stars
I raced through the beginning at a 5 star pace, then kind of slowed down to 3, then back up to 4, so 4 stars it is!

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