by Helen Fox
It's the end of the 21st century where technocrats rule and robots take care of humansâ€™ every need. Your house watches you, knows your secrets, and talks to you. And your closest friend can beâ€”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 canâ€™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 emotionsâ€”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 Eagerâ€™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.