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The Fox Inheritance
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2011
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  Booklist Review

What would it be like to wake up as a teenager with a new biotech body but the same mind and memories in a transformed world, 260 years in the future? In this sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (2008), the present-tense viewpoint switches to Jenna's best friends, Locke and Kara, 16, who have become little Frankensteins after they and Jenna were severely injured in a car crash and an evil scientist programmed them to be bioperfect showroom monsters. On the run from the demonic doctor, they return to their Boston homes, but little is familiar after more than two centuries, and there are no parents, of course. They find the Jenna they knew, a teenager like them, even if she is 277 years old now. As with the first book, the bioengineering will hold readers, and so will the moral issues of secrets, loyalty, and betrayal among friends and lovers.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

In a thought-provoking, atmospheric follow-up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (2008), Pearson again contemplates bioengineering and the nature of humanity.Some 260 years after Jenna Fox's father used controversial technology to upload Jenna's mind into an imitation body, Jenna's friends Locke and Kara, presumed dead in the same car accident, are uploaded into new bodies of their own. Both traumatized and connected to each other by the years their minds spent locked in claustrophobic "environments," the pair live for a year with Gatsbro, the doctor who brought them back. Then Kara discovers the exploitative ends for which he is keeping them, and the two flee their captivity with the (perhaps too convenient) help of an unexpected ally. Their journey from Gatsbro's facility through a greatly changed America and ultimately toward Jenna Fox, still alive in her BioGel body, is harrowing and eye-opening, but the heart of the story is its meditation on what it means to be human. Is Locke human, his consciousness uploaded into a taller, more malleable body? Is Kara, who has lost her compassion? What about Dot, a legless robot engineered only to drive a cab, who is nonetheless strong-willed, brave and rebellious?Though action scenes are occasionally predictable or over too soon, the book's timely and haunting questions will leave thoughtful readers with much to ponder. (Science fiction. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Everyone except Jenna Fox.</p>
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