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3.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad - nowhere near as exciting as the first 3, June 26 2008
I agree with several of the other reviewers. This book was too short and the global warming message a) didn't seem to match the characters very well and b)was 'canned' comments.
The other problems with this novel is that it felt like a "filler" novel --- something to keep us readers busy while a fifth novel was being written. There are so many enemies -- the Uber-director, the government,possibly Jeb - but little characterization like the previous novels. Nothing really happens. We can never really hate or feel for them as we did for Ari and Jeb earlier. Jeb's character doesn't grow and little is revealed. He spends most of the novel giving "sad looks". The new robots just don't have enough context to make them interesting. Nothing is introduced or resolved in this book: Max and Fang's relationship, Jeb's sighing, Dr. Martinez, Max's feelings about Jeb (how can you ever forgive someone for keeping you in a dog cage???), the mutations.
I have really enjoyed the books up to this point and am still looking forward to the next one. I would like to see some things explained for instance how Max knows about things like 'sauerkraut' and the other children don't -- when she was in a cage like the rest of them, growing up?
For the most part the series has been interesting -- hopefully in the fifth book they will bring back the emotional side and the betrayals that made the first three such wonderful, suspenseful books.