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
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopia

Reviews Sea of Rust

  • Carol.
    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
    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)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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
    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...
  • Richard Derus
    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? 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
  • Sarah
    $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...
  • Lucy Banks
    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...
  • Justine
    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...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Sea Of Rust by C. Robert Cargill takes the listerner/reader on a trip to the future where mankind is a thing of the past but many of our feelings live on in advanced AId that have taken over the world. Some want to control all the AIs, not is that not a human trait or what? Others seem freedom and rebel, hiding in the Sea of Rust...The narration is fantastic! Really have the book the right feel of robotic systems with some of them with human like...
  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI. Oh, and accronyms :P}
    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...
  • Char
    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...
  • Janette Mcmahon
    Interesting dystopian, an disturbing AI , humanless future. Deep, clear descriptions give this novel it's power. Recommend to readers of dystopian or science fiction.
  • Emma
    This was alright. There wasn’t anything particularly new or original here. It reminded me a lot of Asimov’s I Robot. The robots could just have easily been human in this story.
  • Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Bleak but entertaining view of a world in which humans are extinct and robots are the new people.
  • Beth Cato
    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...
  • Paul
    Waited a day to review and on reflection went with the 5 stars. Some minor flaws but found this was one of those that kept dragging me in and I found it a hard one to put down . Actually liked Brittle for all her oddities, and skewed moral stance.Sometimes relatable but othertimes very inhuman it all works. The apocalypse was an interesting setup, although the extent the theory is that the went with the OWIs expanding to space was pushing it a li...
  • Maria Hill AKA MH Books
    “Do you really believe that shit you’re saying?” he asked. “Do you believe in some better place?”I didn’t. I shook my head. Not reflexively. But wilfully. “There is no evidence of a better place. I was just programmed to say that”The end of the world is tough even for humanity destroying, flamethrower-wielding, b*tch of a robot. This is a well-written tale about robots searching for the meaning of existence in a post-apocalyptic w...
  • Stephanie
    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.
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Slow at first, but it gets better.At first I did not like ‘Sea of Rust’ by C. Robert Cargill. The writing in the first few chapters seemed dry and uninspired. However, many reviews insisted readers stick with it, so I did. They are right. As the story opens up, it becomes more interesting.There has been a very destructive war between humans and their sentient robot creations. Robots were originally designed to fill many niches in human societ...
  • Michael Jandrok
    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...
  • Dora
    **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...
  • Nikki
    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
    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...
  • Tudor Ciocarlie
    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...