Eager It s the end of the st century where technocrats rule and robots take care of humans every need Your house watches you knows your secrets and talks to you And your closest friend can be a machine

  • Title: Eager
  • Author: Helen Fox
  • ISBN: 9780553487954
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s the end of the 21st century where technocrats rule and robots take care of humans every need Your house watches you, knows your secrets, and talks to you And your closest friend can be a machine 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 scientiIt s the end of the 21st century where technocrats rule and robots take care of humans every need Your house watches you, knows your secrets, and talks to you And your closest friend can be a machine 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 From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I read this book the first time when I was eleven, but never finished because I lost interest. I don't regret (re)reading this, but I can't say it is worth recommending. The character of Eager was cute but there wasn't much more to it. The book had some rudimentary philosophy that could have been expanded on, but it was a nice taste of philosophy for young readers. The characters were nice enough. Unfortunatly, the climax of the book was underwhelming. The first third of the book is the best and [...]

    2. Published in 2004, Helen Fox's "Eager" is an entry into the Science Fiction genre. I read this piece as a selection for the Chapter and Verse cook club that I belong to.LifeCorp (the company that "ovided transport, food, water, learning centers, factories, houses, and almost everything else" - p. 28) has just released the new BDC4 robot. However, the Bell Family (Charlotte, Fleur, Gavin, and Mr. and Mr.s Bell), members of the "professional" class, can't afford this new model. They rely on "Grump [...]

    3. *Yes, of course I could understand what was going on in the story, I'm merely pointing out flaws here. No unnecessary degrading comments about my intelligence* Plot:The premise had a lot of potential, with Eager's internal struggle with the meaning of life, but the author seemed to get bored with writing the novel halfway through. The entire plot line with the BDC4s was frankly unnecessary, seemingly just added in to create excitement for those too young or too stupid to appreciate the subtle pl [...]

    4. In this future world, robots are ubiquitous. Even your house talks to you. Gavin and Fleur may come from a middle class family, but even they have a family robot. But Eager is not like any other robot - he can think for himself and even has feelings. As Eager tries to understand the human world around him, Gavin and Fleur notice that the new ultra high-tech BDC4 robots are acting suspiciously. Now Gavin, Fleur, and Eager are drawn into a menacing world where robots and humans may not be as compa [...]

    5. Although "Eager" is a really cute book, it's not for everyone. It is set in future times when no one has cars, but everyone has personal robots! The fridge orders food when it recognizes a shortage, children go, not to school, but a place called the Learning Center, where you choose your courses daily. When I read this I thought of "The Giver" stories, because of how controlled everything was. I liked the book but I felt sort of distant because I couldn't really understand anything of that time [...]

    6. I am currently reading the book Eager. It takes place at the end of the 21st century. People have robots as butlers. The Bells get a new butler because their old doesn't work as well as it used to. The title comes from the new robots name.

    7. A great book about artificial intelligence--it makes you wonder what's artificial if the robot can think and learn to do things on its own.

    8. Title: EagerAuthor: Helen FoxGenre: Science FictionTheme(s): Technology Dependence, Death, Loyalty, EmotionsOpening line/sentence: “EGR3 stood in the small dark room and watched the sea. It tumbled and roared below him.”Brief Book Summary: The setting of this story takes place at the end of the 21st century, where the Bell family is the center focus. They have a house that cleans itself, and robots that complete the housework. At the beginning of the book, the reader is introduced the family [...]

    9. This was another fun sci-fi story for young adults. How long can I keep reading these with the excuse of reading them to screen them for my daughter :-) ?This story is set in the future in a time where everybody has a personal robot, or more. The protagonists of this story are a middle class family whose current robot is starting to fail -- his "time" is off, so he is serving dinner at breakfast, etc. They go to a friend/professor to ask what to do, and he gives them the prototype of his newest [...]

    10. As a parent i enjoyed reading this book with my son. I thought the philosophical and ethical themes were subtle and age appropriate. Fox manages to make the robots endearing and the world she imagines is conceivable. It teeters on the edge of the dystopian genre but it lacks the depth and sophistication to pull this off.I agree the ending is a little anti-climactic but i think the author was making room for a sequel. Personally i find that to be an irritating feature of elementary/ young adult n [...]

    11. This sweet work of fiction for mature middle grade readers should be on every adult shelf. We blindly embrace every new and better technology, but should we? Without spoiling the story, I will say that the past few years I have been overwhelmed with messages of positive thinking, and sometimes I feel that my skepticism in certain situations is viewed as negativity. This story is the classic illustration of why critical thinking is so necessary, and why we need troubleshooters as part of design p [...]

    12. Title:Eager Author: Helen FoxGenre: Science FictionTheme(s): technology, humanity, robots, the future, free willOpening line/sentence: “EGR3 stood in the small dark room and watched the sea.”Brief Book Summary: Eager is a robot that Gavin’s family gets when their old one starts to malfunction. He is not as sleek looking as other new robots and he takes a while to understand the world. Gavin, his sister, and Eager discover that the new sleek robots are planning a rebellion against the human [...]

    13. I read it when I was maybe 10 or 11 and I still find it to be a fun reread. It doesn't fall into the tropes of the current young adult dystopian story, and I think it's well worth the read if you're looking for something to read that's not overly literate.

    14. An enjoyable read, but one that skimps over the finer details of world builder to deliver information in broad strokes. Some surprisingly humorous passages do stick in the memory though.

    15. I really liked it! Which was surprising, seeing as this book belongs to my little brother Eager seems like such a happy kind of robot that you'd really want to have around :)

    16. Title: EagerAuthor:Helen FoxIllustrator: N/AGenre: Science Fiction Chapter BookTheme(s): Technology, Future, Friendship, Life, FreedomOpening Line/Sentence:The Bell family lived in the suburbs, in a house built of glass and steel, designed by Mr. Bell.Brief Book Summary:This book takes place at the end of the 21st century were robots take care of humans’ every need. Gavin and Fleur have a robot named Grumps who gets too old, so their friend gets then a new robot named EGR3. EGR3 learns through [...]

    17. Eager is set in the late twenty first century, the government is mostly run by technocrats. Technocrats working for the government get all the new technology first on account of working for the government or the near monopoly company LifeCorp. There are the bogeyman "marauders," a group of people who "trawl" who steal new technology from "technobrats;" kids of technocrats so the city scientists can find out what LifeCorp is up to and how to counteract the company as it builds the technology used [...]

    18. WALL-E and Asimov fans take note. I have nothing to add to the publisher's synopsis, which I wholeheartedly endorse as an accurate summary of the book's plot and themes. I'll post here to save for posterity, but otherwise hide behind spoiler notes to save space.(view spoiler)[It's the end of the 21st century where technocrats rule and robots take care of humans’ every need. Your house watches you, knows your secrets, and talks to you. And your closest friend can be—a machine? Gavin Bell and [...]

    19. GENRE: Fiction, science-fiction, adventureMMARY: It's a time when the upper-class Technocrats are separated from the Professionals and others. It's a time when most people have robots to help them in their day-to-day lives, though what kind of robot you have separates you from the Technocrats. A new sort of robot, EGR3, has been created. EGR3, later deemed Eager by his adoptive family, started life as a blank slate, much like humans do. What knowledge he has he learned, and he can choose how to [...]

    20. My son insisted that I read this Juvenile-level science fiction novel; he thought it was very interesting. And I agree. It’s not often you find a novel of any description that manages to weave in questions about free will, the definition of “life,” corporate morality, and humans’ relationships to non-human things.Technically, the book is about robots. At some undefined point in the future, petroleum stocks have been depleted to almost nothing and society has divided up into the technocra [...]

    21. Eager, by Helen Fox was a slightly childish book, but enjoyable enough. It consists of a well-off family, not rich, but well-off, which after noticing the technical difficulties that their old robot, Grumps has been having, decides that it's time to get a new robot. The family's father, Mr. Bell, has a friend, the Professor, who gifts the family Eager, a revolutionary robot that instead of being programmed with knowledge, learns from his own experiences, like a human. Eager may look strange, lik [...]

    22. 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, soMr. 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 EGR3--a revolutionary prototype that allows thinking and reas [...]

    23. September Book Review EagerHelen FoxThe first book to the Eager series is in the 21st century where robots have been invented to take care of humans, houses watch your every move and know all of your secrets, and watches you to make sure you're safe and being good. The Bell's robot Grumps is an "antique" robot who is wearing down. His timer is starting to go wacko and he is very off task, serving tomato soup for breakfast. The Bell's decide that it is time to get a new robot. Mr. Bell (the fathe [...]

    24. Science fiction, set at the end of the 21st century. Charming and kid-friendly. Not a dystopian society, but very different from ours. Technocrats and government officials are the elite and live luxuriously; middle class professionals live well but their options are limited; and city dwellers appear to be well educated, well fed, unemployed outcasts who prey on the middle and upper classes. LifeCorp is the company that controls most of scientific research, technology, and government. LifeCorp ro [...]

    25. This is that rarity, middle-grade science fiction. Eager is an experimental robot who, unlike all other robots in the world, works by learning about his environment instead of being programmed to respond in certain ways. His inventor sends him to the Bell family to learn how to be their household robot. Gavin is happy, his sister Fleur not so much - she'd rather have one of the status-symbol BDC series instead. Eventually, when things begin going wrong with the BDC robots and no one will listen [...]

    26. I love a good science fiction story. Right from the start, I knew I would enjoy Eager, which was written by Helen Fox.Eager is the coolest little robot because he is just like a newborn. The world is a wondrous place to him and he looks at everything with amazement. Is he big and shiny like the BDC4s? No. Does he compliment his master's every move? No. Is he loyal. Yes. Is he different? Yes. Is he totally cool? Oh, yes. I love Eager: the robot and the book.Helen Fox does a fantastic job of keepi [...]

    27. What would it be like to have a robot that feels emotions? Eager, by Helen Fox tells you exactly what it would be like. It's the end of the 21 century The robot, Eager lives with the Bell family and makes mistakes more than a human would. These parts makes the book funny. For example, once Eager tries to get a talking washing machine a to wash a baby that was messy with jam. It asks the machine what color and type of load and just in time, the robot butler, Grumps comes in to stop him. At other [...]

    28. This middle-school level book was a great story about what the future could have in store for us with rapidly changing technology. Supposedly at the end of the twenty-first century, robots are a very important part of human life. Just as we are always with our smartphones now, we're with our robots in the future. The robots are the ones doing chores, watching over children, and even being our friends. Eager is one of a new type of robot. It can learn from experiences and is sent to live with the [...]

    29. This book tells the story of the Bells, a middle-class family who live in a future world where oil is scarce and robots are common. When Grumps, the aging family robot, starts to have technical issues, Mr. Bell decides to get a new robot to help him out. Enter Eager: designed by the illustrious yet mysterious Professor Ogden, Eager has the capacity to not only think for himself, but feel emotion like humans. As corporate conglomerate LifeCorp's sinister BDC4 robots rebel against the humans, it i [...]

    30. It's the end of the 21st century. Technocrats rule, and robots take care of humans' every need. Your house watches you, knows your secrets, and talks to you. And your closest friend can be -- a machine? Gavin Bell and his teenage sister, Fleur, live in a middle-class family. Their much loved, old-fashioned robot Grumps is running down and can't be repaired, so a brand-new experimental robot arrives to help Grumps out. EGR3, known as Eager, learns from his experiences, as a child would. Eager fee [...]

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