Sea of Rust

Sea of Rust

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"A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic "robot western" from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. It's been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI--One World Intelligence--the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality--their personality--for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world. One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories--and nearly unbearable guilt. Sea of Rust is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure. A vividly imagined portrayal of ultimate destruction and desperate tenacity, it boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, yet where a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins"--
"In this post-apocalyptic "robot western," critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic C. Robert Cargill brilliantly chronicles the tale of a scavenger robot wandering in the wasteland left after the war that destroyed humanity"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062405838
0062405837
Branch Call Number: SCF CARG
Characteristics: x, 365 pages ; 24 cm

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Dan48House
Mar 10, 2018

If you enjoy stories about AI, this one might really surprise you. This scenario may still be several decades in the future, but it could certainly happen. I thoroughly enjoyed the robot character development, and it is a very well thought out story. Looking forward to a sequel ... I hope! Lots of action, with a dollop of philosophy and introspection. Future robots will likely be very human, after all, they will be designed and built by human beings. One of the most enjoyable; best books I have read in years, thank you Mr. Cargill!

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