What will the world be like 200+ years from now? The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson gives us a taste of the distant future, where you can jump into a cab driven by a life-like bot and get on (or off) the grid. Sure, it's easy to look something up on the iScroll embedded in your palm - but someone just might be tracking you...
The Fox Inheritance, Pearson's follow-up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox, tells us what really happened to Jenna's friends Locke and Kara after their tragic car accident. Their minds were suspended digitally for over 200 years before being downloaded into newly-created bodies that look almost exactly like they used to look. Told from Locke's POV, this book is for techies who dream of a future (im)perfect.
Though The Fox Inheritance could be read as a stand-alone, readers will have a better understanding of the story and its characters if they read The Adoration of Jenna Fox first. However, if you adored Adoration, make sure that you walk into Inheritance in the right state of mind: in other words, don't expect the second book to pick up right where the first one left off. The narrators have different voices and go on very different journeys. While the first book was highly introspective and showcased a protagonist having revelations about the world and about herself, the second has more action, as the characters travel across the country, running from the bad guys.
The Fox Inheritance will be available August 30th, 2011.
Read my recent interview with author Mary E. Pearson.