This book did what I thought was the impossible--made spiders adorable. For that alone it earns a star. Vernon is smart, sweet, and absolutely loveable. And I'll give Drake kudos for being open-minded about the whole unplanned interspecies' sexual relations. Amazing job at making the reader accept what on face value seems implausible. All that aside, there's intrigue, impending doom, some bad guys and even a few who aren't all bad.