Gavin Bell and his teenage sister Fleur come from a middle-class family. Their much-loved, old-fashioned robot, Grumps, is running down and can’t be repaired, so a scientist friend loans them EGR3, an experimental new robot to help Grumps. EGR3, known as Eager, learns from his experiences, as a child would. He feels emotions—wonder, excitement, and loss. When the ultra high-tech, eerily human BDC4 robots begin to behave suspiciously, Eager and the Bells are drawn into a great adventure that is sometimes dark and often humorous. As Eager’s extraordinary abilities are tested to the limit, he will try to find the answer to this question: What does it mean to be alive?
Grumps is running down and the Bell's need a new robot. But they didn't expect one that learned like a human! EGR3 is a new robot with rubber legs and arms. He has feelings and can choose what he does. But will he be a advantage or trouble? This book is exciting and filled with laughs. 4 STARS!! Must read for kids! I loved this book and will read it again.:)
The future has a lot of robots, and humans have become very dependent on them! The Bell family is not very well off, but they have a butler robot who seems to do just fine for their purposes. Well, he was doing just fine, but lately his timing mechanism seems to be off, so Mr. Bell decides to get a second robot to help Grumps out. He visits his friend Professor Ogden to see what he can scrounge up, and gets an experimental robot called EGR3a revolutionary prototype that allows thinking and reasoning and learning in a machine. The family names him Eager and all set out to teach this robot the ways of life, though it takes Fleur a while to warm up to the ugly robot. Meanwhile, Life Corp? (the largest manufacturer of technology in the world) has also started a line of robots that can think or act like humansthe BDC4, and this turns out to be a huge mistake. Gavin is sure something is wrong, but no one except his sister (who is quite moody at times) will believe him. Eventually everything comes to a head and Life Corp? is found out to be doing shoddy experimentations and the world is righted.
I enjoyed this bookFox did a good job of consistency with characters, plot line and events throughout the story. I enjoyed her version of the future (except for the blatant big bang theory proposition&but thats extremely personal), finding it rather believable to have technology so a part of our lives that it threatens to take over! It is a British book, without any language changes, but readers shouldnt have a problem with things like petrol and torch. There are several humorous moments, as Eager strives to learn about life, and some tense moments as the robots take over. So there is something for everyone in this book.