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Eager (Eager #1)

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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 scienti
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Yearling (first published June 8th 2004)
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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 ...more
Amanda Northrup
Jun 29, 2014 Amanda Northrup rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Whitleigh Haney
Apr 22, 2011 Whitleigh Haney rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Title: Eager

Author: Helen Fox

Genre: Science Fiction

Theme(s): Technology Dependence, Death, Loyalty, Emotions

Opening 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’s f
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2014 M. rated it really liked it
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
Sam Smerbeck
Apr 18, 2016 Sam Smerbeck rated it it was amazing
Title: Eager
Author: Helen Fox
Illustrator: N/A
Genre: Science Fiction Chapter Book
Theme(s): Technology, Future, Friendship, Life, Freedom
Opening 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
May 14, 2016 Nicolas rated it really liked it
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May 22, 2016 Terri rated it liked it
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 "...provided 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 o
Marcos F
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.
Ms. Foley
Apr 02, 2012 Ms. Foley rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 20, 2015 Hiba rated it really liked it
Confession: I hate sci-fi books.

All the futuristic, dystopia-like elements just aren't my idea of entertainment. 99.99% of the time, I end up throwing in the towel after 50 pages or so.

Eager falls into that elusive .01%. I originally read it in middle school (!), and recall it as completely charming. (And now I really want to reread it...and the sequels that apparently exist?!)

Definitely give it a try, even if you're not a sci-fi person.
Lynn O
Feb 23, 2016 Lynn O rated it really liked it
science fiction, 280 pg; The reading level on this is 5.2, but the questions that arise from reading it are pretty complex: Is it ethical to create artificial intelligence? If a being can think and feel, is it human? The main characters in the story acquire a family robot prototype that is evolved beyond any robots that have been created before. They also discover that some recently mass released robots are behaving strangely. Will any adults believe their suspicions about what the new robots ar ...more
Dec 04, 2008 Ruhama rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
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 EGR3--a revolutionary prototype that allows thinking and reas
Text Addict
Jul 17, 2011 Text Addict rated it really liked it
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 technocrat class
Dec 19, 2012 Bruce rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids, scifi buffs, fans of WALL-E
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.

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Jun 12, 2008 Kit rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 05, 2008 Fanny rated it liked it
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 use ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Anokha rated it liked it
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Patrice Sartor
GENRE: Fiction, science-fiction, adventure.

SUMMARY: 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
Donna Nix
May 18, 2016 Donna Nix rated it liked it
Kind of underwhelming. It's not bad for an upper elementary/junior high fiction story about artificial intelligence and the pros and cons. But I found the extra British verbiage distracting, and the story wandered at times, I felt like I was going in circles. I'm reading this for my Chapter and Verse book club along with The Wonderful trip to the Mushroom Planet, and my biggest question is: was this selected because Eager's head looks so much like Mr. Bass's head in that story?
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
Ariel G.
May 25, 2013 Ariel G. rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Max  C.
Jan 19, 2010 Max C. rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because the Bell family is a nice, easily paced family, and then comes eager. Anyone can like this book because it is boring and quiet in some parts then crazy and violent in others. After you read this book you think wow: our future will be crazy! The book can seem a little odd, but overall a good book.
The Bells are a nice quiet family who just need a new robot because theirs is getting old and broken down. Their father meets a professor who is working on the latest
Nathan G
Feb 19, 2015 Nathan G rated it it was amazing
“Eager” is a meditative, amusing yarn that will make you a little more thankful and thoughtful about life. The best thing I like about this book is that the characters are very vivid and detailed. Also, there are many futuristic concepts that are fascinating and foreseeable. The main protagonist, Eager is likable, and clumsily funny. I would recommend this book to nearly anyone, especially futurists, geeks or someone who needs a clear idea on life. I would absolutely read the sequel.
Dec 19, 2014 Amy-jo rated it it was amazing
YA - Read aloud for my 5th grade. Super fun science fiction. Think irobot. The world relies on robots for everything. They are in people's homes and part of their families. What happens when the robots go rogue? One little robot named Eager might just be the answer.
Jul 25, 2014 Guinevere rated it really liked it
Both I and my 8-yr old son really enjoyed this book. I would have given it 5 stars actually, but I think it suffered a tiny bit in coming across a little preachy: in a "everyone-pursue-your-own-dreams" and "the-failings-of-man" style. Still really fun to read, and I always enjoy creative glimpses into the future.
May 27, 2016 Julier rated it it was amazing
Science fiction: EGR, an experimental robot, can learn and has free will. BDC4s, a new high-tech kind of robot, act in unexpected ways and start taking over the human world. Philosophical novel, including visits with Socrates and Buddha (not religious, though).
Savannah Foley
Reminded me a ton of I, Robot. I think the author's projection for the future was very well thought out and felt like an actual possibility, but the themes here felt a little muddied to me.
Ivan Chan
Jun 09, 2012 Ivan Chan rated it it was amazing
This book was great. It was about a world of robots similar to what people today think about the future. The robots help take care of the humans and the rich people gets the really new brand of robots. These robots not only take care of you but scientist try to create robots that can make there own decision. Soon a hotel is taken over by robots.
Eager is a robot that has his own emotion and make up his own mind. He is a robot that can learn and is made by a special scientist who isolated himself
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Helen Fox lives in London with her husband, a cognitive scientist, and their son. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in history and modern languages. Before she became a writer, she worked at a primary school and trained and worked as an actress. Eager was her first book.
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