Happily, I was able to take the time to re-read The Adoration of Jenna Fox and The Fox Inheritance before reading Fox Forever. Yet again I was moved and amazed by the originality and characterizations that made both books so stunning.
I recommend reading these books in order to get the whole effect – so refrain from reading this review if you haven’t yet read The Adoration of Jenna Fox and The Fox Inheritance.
Locke Jenkins has left the relative comfort of Jenna’s home to live the life he’s been robbed of for the last 260 years – time that Jenna has lived, despite still looking a young seventeen-years-old.
But he has a Favor to repay – from the time that he and Kara were escaping from the monstrous Dr. Gatsbro and the Network – those who are on the fringes of society as non-civilians in this futuristic, split United States - helped them.
They seem to think Locke would be a great participant in their latest assignment – and possibly their most important. In order to pursue the rescue of a Resistance leader long thought dead, Locke is tasked with infiltrating the home of a government official by befriending his teenage daughter, Raine.
Locke wasn’t trained for espionage, however – and he’s finding it difficult to perform the increasingly challenging “favors” the Network requires of him and deceiving Raine…
Fox Forever was fantastic!
It took me a few pages to get used to the more political intrigue angle of Fox Forever – but it didn’t take long to grasp on to the humanistic, lyrical, character-centered science fiction that I have come to adore from Pearson.
As we delve more into the situation of this high-tech world and what the Network is doing to try and work toward change – it really shows how much imagination the author put into it. I am continually spellbound with the intricacies of the involvement of different types of Bots in everyday life – and the way some are dreamers and some aren’t – as well as many other types of thought-provoking science fiction.
Fox Forever is a deeply moving, creative, intelligent and breathtaking final novel.
It ties up these three superb novels with an elegant, gripping, suspenseful, meaningful finale.
Now more than ever I am ready for more books from Mary E. Pearson!