A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some information about dinosaur habits and characteristics.
Adam is put in a dangerous situation and uses critical thinking in order to stay alive and stay on the course to find his father. He is a smart kid who never gives up and is open to learning and adapting under tremendous stress. It is clear that the villains are power-hungry, manipulative, and driven by greed. Those characteristics are shown in a negative light.
Positive Role Models
When it becomes clear to Adam that his dad is in trouble, he puts aside his surly teenager act and acts quickly in order to save him. Mr. Adlar is a busy single father who, through this ordeal, realizes he's been too distant with his son and vows to change.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy on the action violence. The main character is chased and shot at, almost hit by a truck, nearly blown up by a grenade, and kidnapped by a dinosaur. There is some gory imagery, such as a disembodied arm and a snapped neck; a bad guy is stomped to death by a dinosaur, horses are maimed, buildings are blown up, and there is a long, bloody fight scene between dinosaurs.
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Products & Purchases
Some brands are mentioned: Xbox, Nokia, Iron Horse bikes, Cadillac, and Daimler.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is a lot of action violence in this book, with several instances of gory imagery. The main character's life is in danger throughout the book and his father has disappeared. A super-intelligent dinosaur kidnaps the main character, kills people and animals, and destroys buildings. The dinosaur and the main character are constantly chased by men with various weapons. There is only one female in this book and she is a villain.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who like a lot of excitement and adventure will love this. Adam is completely relatable as a plugged-in teen whose love for video games is the most exciting thing in his life. That is, until his dad disappears and he gets a real-life visit from one of his scary virtual creations. The book has a lot of action violence, but the mysterious connection between Adam and Z. Rex is what drives the drama and adds some depth. And as with all exciting adventures Adam's on the run constantly, never knows whom to trust, and is confused at every turn.
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