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Monday, March 4, 2013

Hello there, darlings! Today I'm very happy to say that I am kicking off the Fox Forever blog tour. I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox what feels like ages ago now, and so I was very excited to finally read the second and third books of this trilogy. Today I have for you my review of Fox Forever, a guest post from Mary, and a giveaway thanks to Macmillan. I'll start off by highlighting the books!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: April 29, 2008
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Everything is different
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma - so she's been told - and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She's been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won't anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.
What happened to Jenna Fox? And who is she really?

The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #2)
Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: August 30, 2011
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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.

Fox Forever (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #3)
Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: March 19, 2013
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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 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.

I read The Adoration of Jenna Fox what feels like ages ago, though it can't have been that long. I loved it from the start and was too nervous to read the other two books for a long time. But I finally did, and I don't regret it at all. It was an emotional book that was everything I needed, and an unputdownable thriller at the same time. I loved it wholly. 

I really love Locke. I do. He has issues, but he doesn't let them control him. He mostly knows who he is and what he's doing, though he still struggles sometimes to figure it out. He also learns when to let things go, which was beautiful. Locke really makes a wide character arc in this book, and watching him change for the better was unbelievable and wonderful. 

Raine is a no-nonsense girl who know what she wants. However, she didn't expect Locke and she isn't entirely sure how to deal with him. She's no delicate flower, and I love that she has actual reactions to things. Though she's strong both inside and outside, she does have a more sensitive side that comes out sometimes. 

Jenna is the one who really ties all of this together, and I never tire of seeing her. Her life is hard, but it's a life, and being old she's very, very wise. She seems to know many times things she won't say, and she's also very compassionate yet bold. Her story is irrevocably connected to that of Locke, and they're both a part of each other. 

Fox Forever is fast-paced, with a lot of suspense. There are constantly more secrets being uncovered, new hidden agendas. It's difficult to ever know where the plot is really going until it gets there. 

Thousands of plot twists, but I loved them. Even though I knew there would be many I still couldn't even begin to guess what they were! This book definitely kept me on my toes. 

I also love the whole originality factor. It's a super-unique world with a unique plot. It's definitely not like anything I've read before, and its uniqueness also really made the story more special. 

Some things did feel entirely too coincidental, and I also feel like some things were just made too easy. There wasn't quite enough struggle in some parts. 

Certainly, however, I did really, really love this book. It broke my heart and played with my emotions a lot. I was a wreck by the time this was finished. It was a much deeper story than it first appeared to be. 

I absolutely loved the way the romance was done. It's perfect. It also made my heart just ache and ache. Throughout it all, there's a certain level of sadness to it, a level of sacrifice that needs to be made, and impossible choices. It's not like any romance I've seen before and I truly found it enjoyable. The chemistry is awesome as well, and hot from the beginning. 

Mary's writing is so, so beautiful. I love how each of her characters has an individual voice. Locke comes across as strong yet vulnerable, and we see a side of him we might not have otherwise. I also love her descriptions of the world that he lives in. It's unique and high-tech. She also has great character dynamic. 

I started crying before I even got to the end. This was an absolutely heartbreaking book. The ending was perfect, but it also ripped my heart right out of my chest. Even so, it couldn't have been better. It ended exactly the way it needed to end and I felt wholly satisfied. It was the perfect ending to the trilogy as a whole as well and left me feeling fulfilled. 

I am definitely a fan of this series, and I absolutely will be keeping up with Mary to see what she writes next. I'm also going to check out some of her other books! I highly recommend this series, especially if you're a science fiction lover. But really, anyone can enjoy this series. So I truly do suggest that you give it a shot. 



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Page 1, opening lines from Fox Forever:

“I stare at my gravestone. Locke Jenkins. They paid too much for it. More than they could afford. I wonder what slick salesman talked them into it. I reach out and run my fingers over the recessed letters. The L is nearly as weathered away as the life I once had.Closure. That’s what I came for, but now that I’m standing here, I think that letting go of the past doesn’t come in a single moment. Maybe the past has to fade away slowly like letters in granite.”

I was recently interviewed by a reporter and she asked about the themes in my writing. I think an author is always the last person to know these things. If there are themes, usually someone else tells us what they are. I wouldn’t say most of us consciously put them in, but reflecting on it, most of my books do have an overarching theme of death and letting go. Now, keep in mind, some of my books have a humorous side, so it is not all about doom and gloom, but it is about loss. What does that say about me? I’m sure someone will tell me one day—maybe as I’m lying on a couch.

In these opening lines of Fox Forever, we see Locke looking at his own gravestone, 260 years after his supposed death. Everyone who ever mourned him is dead. Long dead. He never got the chance to grieve for his losses. Besides looking at his own gravestone, he looks at his parents gravestones next to his. Locke beat death, but it doesn’t come without consequences.

I imagine in the future, due to technology, Locke’s situation will be quite possible—living forever. But the human question will remain. Should we?

It was fun for me to explore this topic, couched in a future that’s foreign to Locke. It’s like a modern day Rip Van Winkle story. What would YOU do if you woke up two centuries in the future?!


Many thanks to Macmillan for providing the hard copies for US and Canada entrants! I've also personally thrown in a chance to win an ebook for all my lovely international readers.

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

And that's pretty much everything, my dears! I had an awesome time with this series and I truly hope this post has encouraged you to give it a shot if you haven't already. The future is a fascinating place, and Mary has done such a wonderful job of exploring it. Here's the full tour schedule! Plenty of other blogs will be hosting fun posts and giveaways as well, so be sure to follow it!

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  1. Oh, so awesome! I haven't read these books yet which is surprising because I love plots with lots of twists and surprises and THRILLS. It sounds right up my alley, and I know so many people who have loved these books :) I was especially pleased to see that you mentioned these are great for sci fi fans because that just makes me want to read them even more! I'll have to make sure I pick them up soon :)

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After

  2. This sounds good! Ummm a hover car would be cool? I'd buy one :P thanks for the giveaway and awesome review!

  3. Invention would be a teleporter - can travel huge distances in a blink of an eye! :)


  4. I've been reading about a time machine for the longest time and I would like for a machine like that to be existing in the future.

  5. Does immortality count as an invention? If not, then a TARDIS. Was going to say teleporter, but if you're going to use a teleporter, why not a TARDIS?

    Thanks for introducing me to this series and giving me a chance to win it!

  6. One invention that I would like to see in the futur is a machine that you stand in and it cleans/prepares you for the day, like the one on Jimmy Neutron! (For those of us who are NOT morning people) lol

  7. Awesome question. I think in the future I would like to see a machine the is able to fix any broken electronic device. It would find the problem and instantly fix it. That would be awesome and something I'll so get. :D Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Like most of the comments above I would love to see a time machine! That would be pretty awesome! Oh and I would love for our cars to fly and not need any gasoline to run on. Thank you for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!


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