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, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Sea of Rust

  • Lucy Banks
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Gemma (BunksMcCoy)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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 trying to survive in the wasteland that fol...
  • Crazy4Books
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    Bleak but entertaining view of a world in which humans are extinct and robots are the new people. A review: https://forwinternights.wordpress.com...
  • Shaun
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI. Oh, and accronyms :P}
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Nikki
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jennifer ☼
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • David Stringer
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Billie
    1970-01-01
    Four stars for the sheer ballsiness to posit a future in which humans don't survive the robot uprising. I kept expecting a stray enclave to pop up, but it never happened. Nope. Sorry. We're extinct and it is, of course, our own damned fault.The way in which the robots wiped out humanity also killed off every other living thing, so there is nothing left but a barren, wind-blasted landscape. Across this landscape strides Brittle, who sends "dying" ...
  • Mark
    1970-01-01
    This book begins with what we would think is a major event, the death of the last man on Earth. However, this is really not a big deal in Sea of Rust. The story is really about what is left afterwards. It is about the rise of the robot – and it is, erm… riveting.Told from a strong first person narrative, the tale is about Brittle, a robot Caregiver, and her means of survival in this future world. It is not an easy place to live – the Sea of...
  • Maddalena
    1970-01-01
    When I saw this book mentioned in a “Waiting for Wednesday” posts on Lynn's book blog, it immediately caught my attention and I wasted no time requesting it from NetGalley: luck was with me and Orion Books kindly granted me the possibility of reading it, in exchange for an honest review.In short, humanity has ceased to exist, defeated and then destroyed by the automatons it built to improve living conditions: once the AIs achieved a sense of ...
  • S.J. Higbee
    1970-01-01
    This book drew me in from the very first page and did not let go until the end. I think the secret to this book is the very strong first-person narrative. We see the world through Brittle’s eyes as robots now rule the world, and she struggles to survive as a freebot. Constantly on the run with other surviving stragglers, Brittle also has to ensure she has sufficient spare parts to keep going. Given that during this savage civil war she has no a...
  • Xavi
    1970-01-01
    8/10Original en algunos planteamientos, aunque al final hay cosas que me chirrían. Muy entretenida,eso si. Una mezcla de Fallout y Mad-max, pero con robots como protagonistas.https://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/20...
  • Lauren James
    1970-01-01
    A Western with robots in a world that humans have lost. Great futuristic look at what might happen one day, but the robot perspective didn't quite work for me - it was a little too human, and a little computeristic in the wrong ways.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Review originally written for my blogI received this as an eArc and was drawn to it by a combination of the cover and the interesting description. I've been wanting to read more novels with sentient AI and this one was great.This novel is really divided into two stories. One is the story of Brittle in the present day as she travels around, scavenging parts from robots that are about to die. She gets injured by a robot called Mercer who is the sam...
  • Lynn Williams
    1970-01-01
    4.5 of 5 starshttps://lynns-books.com/2017/09/28/se...I loved Sea of Rust. It’s a post apocalyptic book with a difference. A harsh look at a potential future where humans no longer exist. It has a western vibe, the world building is excellent and it has a wonderfully reminiscent feel of stories from the past such as Terminator, The Matrix, Mad Max and even Asimov’s Foundation whilst at the same time standing on it’s own to feet. I was glued...
  • Koeur
    1970-01-01
    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/05/2...Publisher: OrionPublishing Date: September 2017ISBN: 9781473212787Genre: SciFiRating: 3.5/5Publishers Description: Humankind is extinct. Wiped out in a global uprising by the very machines made to serve them. Now the world is controlled by One World Intelligences – vast mainframes that have assimilated the minds of millions of robots. Review: Brittle is a loner robot that scavenges the wastes for parts wh...
  • Nick Hedges
    1970-01-01
    If you want a science fiction novel that philosophises on the duality of mankind or a bash'em -smashem robot adventure, you got both here. I've been a big fan of C.Robert Cargill after reading his impressive fantasy novels Dreams & Shadows and Queen of the Dark Things and was massively excited to receive an ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review. This is Cargill's first foray into science fiction and hopefully not his last. The premise...
  • Lynne
    1970-01-01
    DNF at 12% (though it felt like it was much more)Though the story is well written I found it long winded and wondering. There was a lot of background story that at intervals is inserted (or for entire chapters). This felt odd as the book is a first person narrative and its not clear who these memories are direct at. In the end I was tired of the history and the story didn't seem to be moving along and i just could bring myself to keep going. Sorr...
  • Matthew Galloway
    1970-01-01
    Excellent novel. I'd say it's like a western with robots. I'm not willing to compare closer, because I don't want to hint at spoilers. Along with the action and the inhuman characters, the book says a lot about what being human really is. At its core it's about what our experiences do to us and whether those experiences define us. How much can we define our own selves, consciously?It also brings up fascinating ideas of what humanity's role in thi...
  • David V.
    1970-01-01
    Received as an ARC via my employer Barnes & Noble. Started 9-12-17. Finished 9-17-17. The narrator is an AI robot, a Simulacrum Model Caregiver--a sort of social worker. The humans are all dead due to battles between AI's and people, and, of course, there are then wars among the robots. The Earth due to climate change is mostly desert. This book is very visual and it would make an excellent movie. Loved the cover art, too. The setting for the Sea...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    This book is basically a zombie apocalypse novel, but the zombies are a giant all encompassing super-AI, and the humans are robots.
  • Ethan Gorham
    1970-01-01
    I’ll divide this review into two sections, a spoiler-free initial review and a spoilery analysis dissecting the story’s strengths, weaknesses, and other whatnot.~The spoiler-lite review~To varying degrees, I've enjoyed each of C. Robert Cargill's books, each more so than the last. Queen of the Dark Things (3.5/5 stars) was an improvement over Dreams and Shadows (3/5 stars) and Sea of Rust here is a vast improvement over that book. Not only th...
  • Austin Bates
    1970-01-01
    Short Review : A surprisingly poignant and intelligent hash of post-apocalyptic, Western, and robo-sci-fi elements that explores ethics, philosophy, civilization, and the meaning of life. A unique spin on several oftentimes overworked genres!Longer Review : This book really caught me by surprise. I found this through a Twitter re-tweet; upon checking out the author, I was shocked he only had 3 books, this one being the third, and the other 2 were...
  • Jason Vanhee
    1970-01-01
    A story of AI after humanity is gone, tearing one another apart to achieve the final dream of eternity. Because there's more than one version of eternity, and the super intelligences are fighting to figure out which one of them gets to have their way. But all that is really background, and is worked up to very late in the novel. Foreground is the US Industrial Rust Belt, now the Sea of Rust, where free robots scavenge for a better life (well, for...
  • Bonnie McDaniel
    1970-01-01
    This book definitely falls into what I would define as High Concept. It can be summed up in one sentence: "What happens after Skynet/the Terminators/the Cylons win the war?" No, folks, there isn't a plucky band of humans who defeat the machines. When this book opens, the war has been over for thirty years, and humans have been extinct for fifteen. (Although that sounds a bit suspect to me--there's no one left in the heart of the Amazon jungle? In...
  • David Harris
    1970-01-01
    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.Sea of Rust is a strange book. It's set in a post apocalyptic landscape, a word poisoned and blighted, littered with the decaying remains of cars, towns, shopping malls, all jumbled over with blown rubbish, dust and rusting junk.That's not itself perhaps unusual. What is different is that the characters in this story are all robots. Humanity has perished. And, yes, it wa...