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Cyberia and Cyberia :: Monkey See, Monkey Don’t Book Reviews

Cyberia by Chris Lynch
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Cyberia and Cyberia :: Monkey See, Monkey Don’t Book Reviews - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jan 25, 2010
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

Only Zane can speak to the animals. Now he must save them from Dr. Gristle and his evil experiments. Kidzworld reviews the first two books in the Cyberia series by Chris Lynch.

Cyberia Series Rating: 5


Author: Chris Lynch

The Cyberia series follows Zane, a boy who lives in a technologically advanced time. His room is made of computers and screens that talk to him and tell him his blood pressure. He only sees his parents through the screens, even though they’re in the same house. His only real friend is his dog, Hugo.


Book one: Cyberia

Zane discovers that the local veterinarian, Dr. Gristle, is putting computer chips into thousands of animals, giving him control over their choices. But the animals don’t want to be treated like robots.
Zane receives an “ear-noodle,” an earpiece that lets him communicate with animals. He can now talk to Hugo, the animals in the WildWood and the pets caged in Dr. Gristle's office. The animals beg Zane to help them escape Dr. Gristle and his experiments! Zane is their only hope. But can one boy save thousands of animals from such a powerful man?


Book two: Cyberia: Monkey See, Monkey Don’t

Now that Zane is free from his two month lockdown, Hugo leads him straight to Dr. Gristles office where the evil vet gives him a talking bird. Zane knows that the pet doctor has ill intentions, despite his creepy attempt at sincerity. Recently, he has developed at device that lets him control animals' speech and movements. And the bird is trying to brainwash Zane. Plus, Mr. Gristle created an army of monkeys. It’s up to Zane to thwart his evil plans once again.


The Bottom Line

The Cyberia series by Chris Lynch is clever, quirky and hilarious. The books are short, but certainly adventurous. You may not think you like reading about technology and evil vets. But it’s honestly not a far stretch from today’s world. It’s definitely a great book for young adults.


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