This month’s Spotlight Week features the Sci-Fi trilogy THE JENNA FOX CHRONICLES by author Mary E. Pearson.

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Book 1: The Adoration of Jenna Fox

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles)

288 pages, Paperback

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Published on September 1, 2009, by Henry Holt and Co.

ISBN-10: 0312594410

ISBN-13: 978-0312594411

First Lines: I used to be someone. Someone named Jenna Fox.

 

Synopsis:

Identity.

Where does it lie? In a face? A voice? A bundled string of events we call a lifetime? Is it in our DNA, bone, flesh, ancestry? How do we define our identity, and is it a once and for all definition?

Who am I? Can anyone ever know for sure just what it takes to be who we are?

We all search for our place in this world and how we fit in, but for Jenna Fox that search reaches dark new dimensions when she wakes from a coma and can’t remember who she is. Worse, she doesn’t remember the people who claim to be her parents. There is something curious about them, about the house they all live in–in fact, curious describes her whole life, as she attempts to unlock the secrets of who she was, and who she has become.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is about Jenna’s search for identity, a quest as old as history, but as startling as the future.

 

Book 2: The Fox Inheritance

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The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles)

320 pages, Paperback

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Published on February 19, 2013, by Henry Holt and Co.

ISBN-10: 1250010322

ISBN-13: 978-1250010322

 

First Lines: My hands close around the heavy drape, twisting it into a thick cord. About the same thickness as a neck.

Synopsis:

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. 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. 

 

Book 3: Fox Forever

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Fox Forever: The Jenna Fox Chronicles

 

304 pages, Paperback

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Published on March 19, 2013, by Henry Holt and Co.

ISBN-10: 0805094342

ISBN-13: 978-0805094343

First Line: I stare at my gravestone. Locke Jenkins.

Synopsis:

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.

 

My Review:

 

I first fell in love with the series in 2012, when I listened to The Adoration of Jenna Fox on Audible.

My first impression of the book was, “Wow. This character has such a GREAT VOICE.”  And throughout the rest of series, that impression never wavered, even when the series switches to a new POV character in Books 2 & 3.

Behind the captivating voices in the trilogy, however, are wonderful, three-dimensional characters. Besides the exciting plot and the intriguing scientific concepts presented in the books, the element that truly stood out for me were Mary E. Pearson’s characters.

In THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, we meet the protagonist Jenna Fox, an inquisitive and sensitive teen. Jenna lives in California, at a time when science and technology has made enormous strides. After a year in coma after a car accident, Jenna wakes up and learns that her two best friends did not survive the crash as she did. The more she remembers about her old life, the more she realizes that there is something very wrong with her new one. As she discovers the truth about her current existence, Jenna begins to question the definition of self. She questions the morality of her existence, struggling to understand the repercussions behind her parents’ decisions to save her from the car accident.

In THE FOX INHERITANCE, we meet Kara and Locke, 260 years after the accident that stole their lives. Everyone they know and love is gone. Except for Jenna Fox. For more than two centuries, Kara and Locke’s minds were preserved in a box.  With the advent of a more advanced technology, their bodies were recreated and they were finally given new lives. But while Locke adjusts slowly but surely to his new life, Kara has changed in a very bad way. The two get separated and Locke goes on a journey to find Jenna.

FOX FOREVER picks up right after the second book. The last book in the trilogy follows Locke as he tries to make sense of the life he now has. 260 years after his accident, the only person alive whom he knows is Jenna Fox. But while Jenna’s body is still that of a 17 year old, her mind has already matured through centuries of existence. She encourages him to go on his own to live his life and seek out new experiences. Before Locke can move on with his new life, he has to return a favor given to him by the Network, the resistance group that helped him escape from the lab. He infiltrates the home of a government official by gaining the trust of the official’s daughter, Raine.

While the books talk about scientific advancements in bio-engineering and genetic modification, it isn’t set in a dystopian world.  I loved how the author worked scientific concepts into the books, seamlessly blending them into the plot itself. And despite the series spanning several states (California to Boston) and centuries, the story flows perfectly. There are many exciting plot twists and turns to balance out the introspective nature of the characters.

This book has wonderful, sympathetic characters, a well-developed action-filled plot and the ability to make you question the meaning of humanity and humaneness. I most definitely recommend this amazing series.

 

 

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Tune in again on Wednesday for an interview with the awesome Mary E. Pearson.

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7 Responses to “Spotlight Week: Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson”

  1. I’ve seen this around. You convinced me to see if I can get this in audio version. I like to listen to books while I walk and this would be a good one to read. Thanks.

  2. Sheri Larsen says:

    I’ve seen these before, but I’ve never really looked at them. First off, the cover art is amazing. Love that! I just read the synopsis for book I and can’t help but think what a fantastic concept it is. Thanks so much for sharing these.

  3. I LOVE the covers. And the plot sounds intriguing.

  4. Shelly says:

    This sounds like a really good series. Love the first lines in the first book.

    Hugs and chocolate!

  5. What an interesting cover concept. I love it.

  6. Glad you enjoyed the series. The covers are very clever.

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