Sea of Rust

Sea of Rust

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062405838
Characteristics: x, 365 pages


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Dec 17, 2017

The greater setting and its over-arching plot are engaging and well described, good enough to earn my two stars. But for me, the book became tiresome and required quick reading to get through. After a promising and engaging beginning, the story just slowly and steadily ran out of gas (like some of the Bots in question). My three biggest problems with the book: First, the last half devolves into an extended chase that borrows heavily from "Mad Max" movies without adding much to the interesting "set up" of the first half. Second, and more wearing, the dialogue among the Bots, especially in this part of the book, is forced and contrived, hopelessly "hip" in tone and ultimately, tedious and simply unbelievable. It reminded me of the stereotypical banter often heard among GIs or cowboys in lesser movies. I'm afraid the author hasn't the "gift of gab." Third, there is too much verbal "padding" to get this book (in hardback) to about 360 pages, and this is most acutely felt in the aforementioned wearisome dialogue. A gifted rather than a merely competant writer would have written a much better book.

Nov 21, 2017

I just couldn’t set this book down, a great read for sci-fi lovers!

fineplan Sep 21, 2017

A bit Magnificent Seven set in a post-apocalyptic Mad-Max style wasteland after humanity has gone extinct. Robots are the new masters of the Earth, but they aren't getting along any better than humans do.

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