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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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