Fox Forever: The Jenna Fox Chronicles, Book 3

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Spy romance makes a satisfying end to Jenna Fox Chronicles.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The whole Jenna Fox Chronicles trilogy brings up a lot of bioethical questions that can be tied to current discussions about human cloning. Also, a society 260 years in the future is represented, prompting comparisons between the last two books in the trilogy and other future-set novels. Specific to Fox Forever, Boston landmarks are mentioned and Psalm 139 is quoted, ending in "I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Positive messages

Striving for equality and rights are big ideas faced here. Much is sacrificed to give a voice to the oppressed. Bravery, facing fears, finding a purpose, and knowing when to trust and confide in others are also prominent themes.

Positive role models

Locke knew he needed to find himself and his new life's purpose at the end of The Fox Inheritance. He does sacrifice himself for a higher cause, but often keeps secrets and goes it alone when he should put some trust in others. Locke's surrounded by strong, resilient female characters: Miesha, Raine, and Jenna.

Violence

Two scenes of gore stand out, where grotesque creatures rip apart humans; one dies (scattered body parts are described) and one escapes with serious injuries -- and stitches up some of them himself without anesthesia. Key characters are shot at and injured, one disappears in a prison, another is imprisoned for years and beaten, plus there's one sad but nonviolent death. Enemies are thrown through windows, tied up, and locked up. Locke continues to have flashbacks and fears of his downloaded brain trapped in a box for 260 years. At the beginning of the book, he visits his own empty grave and continues to mourn his past and all those who are long dead.

Sex

Locke and Raine meet at night to kiss, with some hints of more, but nothing is described.

Language

Mostly "ass," "a--hole," "dammit."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A mention that Locke avoids refreshments at a party because he expects the drinks to be spiked.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fox Forever is the last book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles trilogy. Like the second book, The Fox Inheritance, it's set in the future, and like the whole series, it smartly addresses issues of bioethics. Locke's brain was downloaded into a box for 260 years and is given a body that appears human but has special tissue that can last for centuries. In Fox Forever, Locke finds a new life for himself helping others on the fringes of society and runs into plenty of trouble. He's mauled almost to death by gruesome creatures (one man's torn-apart body is described). He's also shot at, and those around him are imprisioned and beaten. Language is pretty mild, and nothing beyond kissing is described, though it's implied.

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What's the story?

Locke leaves Jenna at the end of The Fox Inheritance to help the resistance movement in Boston. The non-pacts, or those who refuse to join either of the two divided U.S. countries, need his help to find their leader, Karden, imprisoned now for 16 years. He's held in a secret prison by the Secretary of Security and he's the only one who knows where to find the missing numbers of a bank account holding a huge sum that could help the movement. Locke, because he's handsome, young, and totally unknown, is chosen to spy on the Secretary through his daughter, Raine. He joins her elite circle and starts snooping for clues when no one is looking -- all part of the plan. And then he begins meeting Raine at night when her father is asleep -- not part of the plan, but he can't stay away. Locke realizes falling for Raine could jeapardize the whole operation, especially after he uncovers a tragic secret about her past.

Is it any good?

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Readers following the Jenna Fox Chronicles trilogy to the end should be satisfied. Everything ties up nicely, with a little melancholy good-bye thrown in. It's completely Locke's story now with Jenna only making the occasional cameo. Both the spy game and the romantic intrigue are compelling, even if the world in which they're set could use a little fleshing out -- though watch for a few more fun futuristic touches in FOX FOREVER, like Boston's carnivalesque public transportation system and some renegade robots.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Psalm 139, mentioned twice in this book. Why does the last line -- "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." -- make such an impact on Locke?

  • What do you think of the whole Jenna Fox Chronicles trilogy? Are you satisfied by the conclusion?

  • The resistance was fighting for those with no rights or place in society. Can you name real movements in history where people fought for their rights? How did they enact change?

Book details

Author:Mary E. Pearson
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Friendship, Robots
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Publication date:March 19, 2013
Number of pages:304
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17
Available on:Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle, Nook

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