Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review | Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

Sea of Rust is a science fiction novel from C. Robert Cargill.

C. Robert Cargill is the author of 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 description. Sea of Rust takes place after the Artificial Intelligence has waged war on the humans and the robots are all that remain. The robots are now creating facets known as OWI (One World Intellengence) and battling against each other.

Even though the law of the land is now to upload to an OWI or shut down, many bots are resisting and fighting to save their individuality.

Brittle is one of the bots who refuses to be absorbed by an OWI. On the run, Brittle hangs out in the Sea of Rust - an expanse of expired and war torn robots - looking for parts.

Along with following Brittle's story, we are treated to the backstory of how AI came to exist and the wars that followed. I had chills reading about the downfall of humans and their robots. It was easy to imagine Sea of Rust as a glimpse into our future.

Sea of Rust is a smart book, and I really enjoyed it.

7/10: Recommended Read

Review copy provided by publisher


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  1. I'll admit this one sounds interesting but I really, really hated the Sinister movies so this worries me.

    1. Haha. I've never seen the second Sinister movie. He doesn't claim Sinister 2 as his movie because they changed so much. The first, though, that was definitely him. :)

  2. I just finished this as well! I love how it takes two familiar ideas (post-apocalypse and AI takeover) and twists them together to make something fresh. Brittle was such an awesome character.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  3. This was so good - I think that one thing that really appealed to me was that man always seems to be at war, then man went to war with AI then AIs went to war with each other (perhaps because they're man made it was inevitable).
    Lynn :D

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed this, I really want to read it at some point. Brittle seems like a great character!

  5. This is one I'm really looking forward to reading - even more so after your review. And the over is awesome!

  6. So glad you liked this! I've got this one on Mount Review Pile at the moment.. hoping to get to it soon. :)


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