This is the story of Locke and Kara, the teen’s whose minds were scanned and preserved along with Jenna Fox’s. This sequel takes place 260 years into the future. Locke and Kara’s minds have been locked in a silent, dark prison for all that time. Now they are awake, in new bodies created by a mad man. The world is nothing like they remembered. They are floor models for the scientist’s new wave of immortality for sale. Locke has one thought, find Jenna. The two escape with the help of a robot chauffeur and one of their caregivers on Dr. Gastbro’s estate. Kara is not the same. The time in the darkness has done something to her and Locke is not sure what she is capable of. She wants revenge for all those years. Why didn’t Jenna save them or destroy them? Kara and Locke’s bio gel and abilities are even more advanced than Jenna’s. When they find her, what will Kara do? Will she be the same Jenna? Will she even help them? Mary E. Pearson creates a freighting future world where there are two United States without clear physical boundaries. You belong to the country based on ideology. Anyone who does not join a side is considered an outcast, a non-pact. Roadways are inaccessible unless you have an I.D. This book is also about friendship and how it lasts through the years. Locke wants his friendship with Jenna back while Kara is full of hate. His devotion to her is still as strong as it was centuries ago. My favorite quote is “There are different kinds of friends you make in life. Allys was very dear to me, more like family. But there’s something different about someone who spreads their wings with you.”
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
If you had a choice, would you want to stay in your human body or a BioPerfect body?
Why do you think Jenna didn’t know about Kara and Locke?
Discuss the future reality of the book. What do you like about the future? What don’t you like?
Discuss the Bots. Should they have rights?
Would you want to live as long as Jenna?
Talk about life on Gatsbro’s estate. Why would they want to leave there?
Talk about the non-pacts. Why do you think they wouldn’t choose a side? What would you do?
Would you want your mind preserved and wake up hundreds of years later?
Discuss this passage: “There are all kinds of friends you make in life. Allys was very dear to me, more like family. But there’s something different about someone who spreads their wings with you.” (pg. 241)
What do you think happened to Kara that made her the way she was?
Discuss “Change doesn’t happen overnight– it is molded by people who don’t give up.” (pg. 291)
Discuss “We held hands. We crossed a line. We made one another braver.” (pg. 194)