Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fox Forever (Jenna Fox Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson

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.

Mary E. Pearson brings the story she began in The Adoration of Jenna Foxand continued in The Fox Inheritance to a breathtaking conclusion as Locke discovers that being truly human requires much more than flesh and blood.

Fox Forever by  Mary E. Pearson is the 3rd and concluding chapter in a series about the struggle for freedom in a dystopian world, where the right to basic survival and decent civility are divvied up unequally between Citizens and Non-pacts.  

 Locke Jenkins, the consciousness of a 17-year-old boy, is given another chance at life when he is put in a biologically engineered body and given the mission to do a Favor for someone.  The Favor takes him into the heart of the enemy camp and culminates in an adrenaline-drenched escape attempt that ultimately brings about liberation of all Non-pacts worldwide.  

The story line of Fox Forever can be a little formulaic – complete with the inevitable yet surprise betrayals and unexpected alliances we are all poised to expect from watching Hollywood movies .  But the story is interesting and keeps you reading, if only to make sure you truly understand what’s going on.  Because it is the third of a series, the small and barely-there hints of the past story can be frustrating for those unfamiliar with the series. 

 By the conclusion, however, it turns out that you really only needed hints of what had gone on before; the story of Locke stands alone as an inspiring quest to understand what it truly means to be human.  A fun read.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Malaika

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