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Cyberia (2008)

by Chris Lynch

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Zane's world is completely plugged in--his room knows when he wakes up and emits breakfast smells to get him out of bed, his bathroom knows the temperature at which he likes his baths, and his parents communicate almost entirely through text messages. About the only unplugged thing in his world is his dog, Hugo--but that changes pretty quickly, too. Thanks to a new device his father gives him, Zane can now understand every word his dog (and every other animal he encounters) says. And most of what they're saying is that they want to be freed from their excessively-wired lives, and Zane is just the kid who's going to do that for him.

This technically falls under the heading of dystopian novels, but there's something really unconvincing about it. The talking-animals bit feels more Dr. Dolittle than The Giver, and while this had some light, fun moments, the story overall dragged. Cover art is as cartoony as the story, so while the text is written for maybe middle schoolers, the cover will most appeal to younger readers. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
Genre: Science Fiction

Characterization: Zane is the main character in this story. He is a very round and dynamic character. Throughout the book, the audience partakes in his thoughts and dialogue with other characters. Zane goes through many obstacles and overcomes many as well. He finds courage within himself to fight the battle at hand.

Review: Zane is a young boy who has a secret gift of communicating with certain animals. This book is a good example of science fiction because it takes place in a world with advance technology that does not currently exist. Zane's room knows everything about him, talks with him, and communicates to his parents for him. The events that take place (talking with animals, evil veterinarians, etc.) are not rationally based.

Media: N/A (novel/chapter book) (Although cover looks like it was created digitally) ( )
  cwollan09 | Mar 2, 2012 |
Summary: Zane lives in a completely wired world where every pet has a microchip that allows it to talk. Zane soon learns that the pets aren't actually saying what the chip is translating. They aren't happy that all animals have been domesticated, and they enlist Zane to help them fight back and ensure their freedom.

Genre: Science Fiction Novel

Media: N/A
  royabdunnur | Nov 20, 2011 |
Summary: Zane lives in a futuristic world where everything is controlled via technology. Then, Hugo the Yorkshire begins talking to Zane and reveals that the "Doctor Fathead Vet Jerk" tries to turn Hugo into a machine by putting microchips in him that control him. Zane and Hugo team up with all the other animals to try to stop the evil vet. The book ends without a real resolution because this is the first book in a series.

This is an excellent example of science fiction because it is a fantasy but it stresses technology. It is also an excellent example of characterization done through dialogue. Hugo and Zane talk a lot throughout the book and it is primarily through dialogue that Hugo's character rounds itself out.
  efakkema09 | Nov 14, 2011 |
Cute book. Definitely for younger readers. ( )
  bookwoman137 | Jun 10, 2011 |
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This book is dedicated to Christina "Magnificent" Marchand. She's better than everyone else, but she's very gracious about it.
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I am sick of being watched. And I'm sick of being listened upon. I'm sick of being monitored, traced, tracked, sensed, known about.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545027934, Hardcover)

From National Book Award nominee Chris Lynch, an action-and-humor-filled futuristic series about talking pets who are tired of being pets ... and the boy who must help them.

The premise: It’s the future. Zane lives in a completely wired world, with completely wired parents. Technology has progressed so that every pet has a microchip in it that allows the pet to talk. Zane's happy about that. Until one day a strictly contraband wild animal -- a mole -- comes into his life. He smuggles it into his apartment -- and learns that the pets aren’t actually saying what the chip is translating. In fact, they aren’t happy that all animals have been domesticated. So they enlist Zane to help them fight back and ensure their freedom.

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In a future where electronic surveillance has taken the place of love, a veterinarian is putting computer chips in animals to control them, and those creatures choose young Zane, who understands their speech, to release captives and bring them to a technology-free safety zone.… (more)

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