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Z. Rex
Cole, Stephen, 1971-
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Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [2009]

Physical Description:
245 pages ; 22 cm.
From Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Edinburgh, Scotland, thirteen-year-old Adam Adlar must elude police while being hunted by a dinosaur come-to-life from a virtual reality game invented by his father, who has gone missing.
Reading Level:
810 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 8.0 132765.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.3 14 Quiz: 48208.
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Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Jurassic Park meets virtual gaming in a blockbuster new thriller!

You're 14 and find yourself on your own. Your father, who has developed the world's cutting edge research on virtual electronic game-playing, has been missing for weeks. And suddenly you're being hunted by men with guns, your picture is on the news, and, worst of all, something seemingly impossible is chasing you--a savage, man-eating dinosaur. How can that be? Why is everyone trying to capture you? And what is your strange connection with this 21st-century prehistoric monster?

Steve Cole has created an absurdly gripping and kid-friendly thriller that will capture imaginations. If Jurassic Park were to meet Alex Rider , the result might well be this irresistible new novel.

Author Notes

Steve Cole lives in Great Britain.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A toothy, oversize science lab escapee takes over this action tale, the first in the Hunting series, about a Scots teenager searching for his vanished father. Adam gets unexpected and scary help in both his quest and in escaping a mysterious gang of thugs when he's seized by Z. Rex a reanimated T. Rex who can talk, fly, and camouflage himself into invisibility. In a gory and spectacularly destructive escapade that runs from New Mexico to Edinburgh, Alex and his temperamental ally both take repeated severe beatings but do ultimately pull off a successful rescue while putting the kibosh on a bio-corporation's plot to create an army of Theropodan superpredators. Z. Rex turns out to be not only the muscle of the duo but the brains as well, and is the most memorable modified prehistoric monster to haunt the UK since Sam Enthoven's Tim: Defender of the Earth (2008).--Peters, John Copyright 2009 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Adam's dad, a single father, is always on the verge of success. He's a computer programmer who has been working on the creation of an ultra-reality video game where the actions are created by sensors that detect the players' thoughts and commands. He leaves his 13-year-old son for what he promises will only be a couple of days to meet with a company interested in backing his project. When he doesn't return after nine days, Adam begins to worry. But nothing in his imagination could prepare him for what comes knocking at his door. It's like a scenario from a movie or a video game: men with guns, dark sedans, mysterious messages, and a man-eating dinosaur that destroys everything in its path and, oh, by the way, can make itself invisible. Cole has created a likable character who manages to come out on top in an extraordinary situation. The science aspects offer an interesting perspective and dilemma for a discussion on genetic engineering. In addition, the adventure, video gaming, and the perilous, sometimes bloody scenes will capture reluctant readers who may not normally devour their reading materials.-Genevieve Gallagher, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.