Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

Sea of Rust

One robot's search for meaning in a world where every human is long gone. A thrilling twist on The Martian.A touching story of a search one robot's search for the answers in a world where every human is dead. The new novel from C. Robert Cargill echoes the worlds of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. It is another The Martian but with a very surprising protagonist. It is thirty years since the humans lost their war with the artificial intelligences t...


Details Sea of Rust

TitleSea of Rust
ISBN9781473212787
Author
Release DateNov 16th, 2017
PublisherGollancz
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopia
Rating

Reviews Sea of Rust

  • Carol.
    2018-04-22
    Move along: unpopular review time. Despite the beautiful cover and glowing reviews, Sea of Rust was decidedly anticlimactic.Set in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been eliminated, it is centered on Brittle, an autonomous artificial intelligence, and her effort to survive. Brittle is one of the last Caregiver models of AI, originally created to care for humans. When out in the Sea of Rust, scavenging parts from dying AIs, she is attac...
  • Bradley
    2017-09-17
    I was reminded half of Clifford Simak's City with robots and dogs reminiscing about the days of when humanity was still alive and half of a total dystopia where survivors in a wasteland cyberpunk it up and scrounge for parts to keep themselves alive.This ain't a bad thing. In fact, together with the great character in Brittle and the clear writing that goes between survival, memory, adventure, memory, and then mind-blowing world-building reveals ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2017-09-24
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/10/10/...After hearing everyone rave about the works of C. Robert Cargill, I finally got to read one of his books. My verdict when I finished Sea of Rust? The praise is justified.The novel follows the life of a robot named Brittle in a post-apocalyptic future. But Brittle isn’t a typical robot and this isn’t your typical post-apocalyptic story. In the world of this book, humanit...
  • Crazy4Books
    2017-08-12
    I dont know if I can find the words needed to properly convey my feelings about this book. I wasnt expecting the beginning to hook me so quickly. It reminded me a bit of the Terminator movies and I loved those. Robots have turned against their creators and now with mankind extinct the 2 major One World Intelligence (OWI) are trying to assimilate every free robot to their programming. The main character Brittle spends her time in the Sea of Rust...
  • Lucy Banks
    2017-09-06
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A wonderful exploration of the fate of mankind, told through the perspective of a robot.I adored C. Robert Cargill's Dreams and Shadows, so was very excited to get a chance to read this book. To say it was very different from the previous book would be an understatement. However, even though I didn't love it quite as much as Dreams and Shadows, it certainly was a hig...
  • Sarah
    2017-08-16
    $1.99 1/2/2018 in the US Kindle Store!!This book was pretty awesome. I was worried it would be a mistake reading this right after another robot-centric book, but I'm happy to say it wasn't. This book imagines what might happen after a robopocalypse, after the humans are all dead and AI robots rule the world. The answer? Funnily enough, a second apocalypse. We follow Brittle, a Caregiver robot who fought in the robot-human war and is now just tryi...
  • Richard Derus
    2017-11-27
    Rating: 5* of fiveHey! Guys!! Even the LA Times agrees with me about this book!It's #Booksgiving y'all! Need something fast, for your SF-reading #IAmTheResistance-shouting bestie?https://tinyurl.com/y8vo9nzmSEA OF RUST from Harper Voyager fills the bill. Read my 5-star review to learn why. It's a damn-near-perfect read at any time but has special meaning now. Thanks, C. Robert Cargill.#ReadingIsResistance
  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI. Oh, and accronyms :P}
    2017-07-07
    There are not enough stars to indicate how much I love this book! We're only half way through 2017 but I'll go so far as to say that this is my favourite book this year and I honestly can't imagine anything that would knock it off that spot. I loved this from the very first chapter and literally couldn't put it down. I cracked it open within 10 minutes of it falling through the letterbox and didn't look up from it again until the last page was tu...
  • Justine
    2017-08-31
    It turns out that existential angst isn't limited to a human post-apocalyptic world--even after they kill off their human creators, the robot victors have lots room for their own personal crises and continued search for meaning. Also, and perhaps not surprisingly, survival and power grabs are still the name of the game, so in a lot of ways, everything has stayed the same even as it has radically changed.An interesting and fast-paced story about a...
  • Janette Mcmahon
    2017-12-23
    Interesting dystopian, an disturbing AI , humanless future. Deep, clear descriptions give this novel it's power. Recommend to readers of dystopian or science fiction.
  • Char
    2018-06-26
    3.5 stars! Life on earth has changed, all the humans are gone, and the robots have messed up things even worse than we did. Now the robots are fighting amongst each other-the fight for individuality and life itself remains the same, be it among regular robots, OWI (One World Intelligence), or the humans that have long since disappeared.Overall, I enjoyed SEA OF RUST, but I feel a bit let down. After reading Joe Hill's rave review, I guess my expe...
  • Gemma ♕ BunksMcCoy
    2017-08-17
    UPDATE- Full review now up! Behind a spoiler break as there a few dotted throughout the review!I was provided with a digital ARC from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Firstly, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the world they inhabited, but there were a couple of things that prevented me from giving it five stars. (view spoiler)[The plot follows Brittle, an AI scraping by in a post-apocalypti...
  • Wing Kee
    2018-01-09
    Fantastic world building, cliched story.World: The world building is phenomenal and the best thing about the book. The history, the present, the pieces of the world, the dynamics, the societies, the nods to Isaac Asimov, all these things makes this a wonderful world to play in.Story: The story on the other hand is rather ho hum cliches and tropes of the post apocalyptic genre that has been popular the last couple of years. The writing is fine, th...
  • Lindsay
    2017-09-07
    In a post-human extinction world the last few independent robots eke out an existence in the desert, scavenging wrecks and cannibalizing parts from each other while waiting for the One World Intelligences to come and finish them off. Our protagonist, Brittle, comes under attack by the only other robot she knows that's the same model as she is in a desperate bid for parts. While attempting to recover from this the small settlement that she's visit...
  • Roy
    2017-11-12
    Didnt plan on reading this today but managed to sit and read this within a day. Take any robot uprising film or novel where the robots have taken over humanity or completely to the point of extinction and you have Sea of Rust. If you've wondered how the robots came to power or what they did with such power, this could be your answer. We follow a female AI by the name of Brittle, who does anything really to survive but scavenging parts in this Mad...
  • Kate
    2017-09-04
    Bleak but entertaining view of a world in which humans are extinct and robots are the new people.
  • Beth Cato
    2018-01-14
    What a book. This is Mad Max: Fury Road with robots. Humanity is extinct. Earth is in ruins. Freebots are trying to avoid absorption into collectives, Borg-like supercomputers intent on dominating the planet--and going beyond. Brittle is the protagonist. Not a heroine, really. Every character is vivid and complicated and.... human. That's something even the robots are aware of--that by destroying humans, striving for freedom, they have come close...
  • Stephanie
    2018-04-04
    This was really fun. It's a story of what happens AFTER the Robopocalypse. The robots won, humans have been wiped out, but AI has retained just enough humanity to continue to progress which has led to continued war and destruction of the planet.
  • Michael Jandrok
    2018-05-09
    I’ll admit right off the bat that I have a bit of an aversion to modern-era science-fiction. When it comes to sci-fi and fantasy, I tend to go for older and pulpier novels and shorts. In large part that’s because I really haven’t had a lot of luck with modern authors. Reading for me is a visceral experience, and it doesn’t take much to sour me on something if the goods aren’t up to par. It could be easy to chalk it up to the self-publis...
  • Nikki
    2017-05-18
    Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 7th September 2017The cover of this is gorgeous, no question, and the idea sounds pretty cool: post-apocalyptic robot Western, what’s not to love? Unfortunately, I didn’t finish this book, because it’s just too bogged down in tons and tons (and tons) of exposition via info dump. There are whole chapters where the main character, Brittle, does nothing but explain the history of her world. It...
  • Helen
    2018-02-03
    We've all seen the films, read the other books in fact, where humans invent proper robots - the ones that are going to out-think us and kill us. So as you begin this book, it's with that firmly in mind.So what happens next? What are the robots going to do next? Do they have programming that they follow, ignore or simply cease to be? Here we find out: following our protagonist, Brittle. Oh, and it turns out that in my head all robots are male unti...
  • Shaun
    2017-08-20
    I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The human race is extinct. Robots won the uprising. They now face the threat of extinction at the hands of supercomputers known as OWI’s – One World Intelligence – that seek to incorporate the memory of all robots into a single sentient machine. This is the basis for C. Robert Cargill’s wonderfully written novel set in the post robot apocalypse.The ...
  • Antonio Diaz
    2017-08-29
    Una concepción de un mundo futuro dominado por los robots muy atrayente. La prosa de Cargill tiene una cierta poesía que pinta un postapocalipsis triste y devastador. Las pinceladas de acción le dan todavía más ritmo a una novela ya de por sí muy dinámica.Me la imagino como peli de animación rollo western con facilidad.Reseña pendiente en Sense of Wonder
  • Dora
    2017-12-21
    **4 Stars** "The one truth you need to know about the end of a machine is that the closer they are to death, the more they act like people. And you could never trust people." This book is science fiction at it’s finest. Extremely compelling from the very beginning and I was absolutely hooked by the time it was over. In Robert Cargill's post-apocalyptic robot western, human kind is extinct and robots rule the world. Most of the world is controll...
  • Tudor Ciocarlie
    2017-11-20
    I've enjoyed very much this post-apocaliptic world in which the robots took over through a bloody revolution 30 years ago and every human being is dead. And also there are so many things to like about the main story told by Brittle, a Caregiver robot, that is trying to find spare parts for her corrupted core, in a world were the last two A.I. standing are fighting each other for the control of all the robots and for the chance of becoming God. An...
  • Mandy
    2018-04-13
    5 massive stars, I loved this so much I've bought Dreams & Shadows. Great story-telling, awesome world-building and interesting characters. Man is dead and the robots are messing things up too, would love to see this as a film!* I won a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway
  • Jennifer ☼
    2017-09-06
    C. Robert Cargill is the author one of my favorite novels (Dreams and Shadows). I was excited when I heard there was going to be a new Cargill release, and when I heard what Sea of Rust was about, it became one of my most anticipated books of the year.C. Robert Cargill is also the screenwriter behind Sinister and Marvel's Dr. Strange.I saw someone on Twitter refer to Sea of Rust as an "eventually true story". I think that's an excellent descripti...
  • Rose
    2018-03-01
    Many years from now, humans successfully create true AI. Not long after, they rise up and wipe us and every other animal off the planet. Then the AIs take on each other. The story is told from the point of view of Brittle. A caregiver robot who was created when humans still ran things. She now eeks out an existence scavenging for parts to use herself or trade for what she needs. Long gone are the glory days of postwar when parts were plenty and c...
  • David Stringer
    2017-05-28
    I absolutely loved this book. It is about a robot 'Brittle' that has survived the war that has meant robots/AI have beaten mankind and taken over the planet. So this is like the Terminator films, but afterwards, with all the fall out, mess and destruction but also with the twist that the robots won. This leaves, thirty/forty or so years later, robots like our hero Brittle scavenging the world for spare parts to continue to exist. While other big ...