This book is significantly better than other "revised" AP Biology review books. I spent time going through the curriculum framework from the College Board and this book to make sure that it effectively covers all the material my students need to know for the test. I wasn't able to find anything missing.
There is quite a large amount of information in this book--likely much more than students need to know for the test. But the book itself admits this fact, suggesting that covering topics in more depth than is needed for the AP test is will allow students to be fully prepared to discuss the "illustrative examples" that are stressed in the curriculum framework. A few things are taught that the curriculum framework specifically says are beyond the scope of the AP test, but I found that those topics are tied to others that students do need to know, so I'm not too bothered by the fact.
I will spend much more time with this book in the coming months and will update this review if my opinion changes, but for now, I think this book is quite good, even though some may be unhappy that it's not more concise and limited more strictly to the curriculum framework.
After having spent a bit more time with this book, I'm still satisfied with it, but I have to say that it's definitely not perfect. There are some topics covered that are good to know, but just aren't going to help students on the AP test. For example, the book claims that the most commonly asked questions on the AP test about animal behavior relate to imprinting, fixed-action patterns, sign stimulus, and releasers. It covers each topic in detail, even discussing the people who researched the type of behavior and when. The problem is that none of these are in the curriculum framework in any significant detail, if at all. Also, the book contains an entire chapter dedicated to classification, and almost none of it is needed for the new AP test.
My earlier statement that everything in the curriculum framework is in this book isn't true, it turns out (sorry). I've find a few things missing, such as Chi-square analysis.
If students learn everything in this book, they will probably get a 5 on the AP test, but they will learn a lot of things in much more detail than they need to. I think it's important to have the curriculum framework with you as you go through this book.
I plan to buy the Cliff's test prep book when it comes out in March to see if it's a bit more focused.