The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: March 13th, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Adventure, Family, Animals, Kindness
Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings–but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill and the island?
I was hoping for a sequel, and luckily enough, my wish was granted.
It was a pleasure to see Roz again, because she truly is the most wonderful robot I have ever met, and this comes straight from the mouth of someone who, as a general rule, would rather read about anything other than metallic creatures.
But Roz is like no other existing robot. For one, she can speak to animals, not only humans. Moreover, she genuinely cares about the world and its inhabitants, not because she was programmed to, but because she discovered that there is true beauty on the planet and that the people/animals on it contribute to it.
In this story, Roz is separated from the community she managed to become part of on the island that became her home. Most heartbreaking of all, she is separated from her son… who is a goose, yes, yes. While her new family could surely have been much worse, she does not feel as though she belongs on a farm, so far away from her own family.
So she plans to escape. But she cannot do it alone, so perhaps the animals and her new family will help in some way? The farm is nothing like the island she came to know as well as her own robot parts, so she needs as much help as she can get.
What a beautiful, if a little bittersweet, conclusion. My copy did not include all the adorable pictures that I fell head over heels for in the first book, but certainly the final copy will. Fortunately, it did not affect my reading experience for the worst, as I am used to books without illustrations, but I cannot wait to see the finished work all the same.
I’m so glad Peter Brown decided to write this continuation and final book. I, and I’m sure a lot of other readers, needed it. I am now entirely satisfied with this story and can sleep soundly knowing all is well that ends well.
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