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Sea of Rust

C. Robert Cargill

11 Reviews

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Fiction, Fantasy

*One of Financial Times' Best Books of 2017*

An action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.

*One of Financial Times' Best Books of 2017*

"SEA OF RUST is a 40-megaton cruise missile of a novel - it'll blow you away and lay waste to your heart . . . visceral, relentless, breathtaking" Joe Hill, Sunday Times bestselling author An action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. 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.

But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality, and Brittle - a loner and scavenger, focused solely on survival - is one of the holdouts.

Only, individuality comes at a price, and after a near-deadly encounter with another AI, Brittle is forced to seek sanctuary. Not easy when an OWI has decided to lay siege to the nearest safe city.

Critically damaged, Brittle has to hold it together long enough to find the essential rare parts to make repairs - but as a robot's CPU gradually deteriorates, all their old memories resurface. For Brittle, that means one haunting memory in particular . . .

Sea of Rust boldly imagines a future in which no hope should remain, and yet a humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins.

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Praise for Sea of Rust

  • The author has created a world where genies argue philosophy and complain about booze, and angels use rooftops as a place to perch. Though none of this is terribly original or subtle, it is very well put together and the narrative is multi-layered and clever, but not so cunning as to be a difficult read. If you liked American Gods and Some Kind of Fairy Tale, then this will be right up your alley. Undoubtedly one to watch, C. Robert Cargill has penned a thoroughly enchanting debut novel (DREAMS AND SHADOWS review) - STARBURST

  • As a noted film critic, there is evidence that C. Robert Cargill draws inspiration from urban legends tackled by the big screen. After reading the first chapter, you will be left wondering how on earth the remaining 359 pages are ever going to live up to the the ones just turned. C Robert Cargill's debut crams so much into its first chapter, can there be any more story to tell? Emphatically, the answer is yes (DREAMS AND SHADOWS review) - SciFiNow

  • Dreams and Shadows has elements of Gaiman, Rothfuss and the Brothers Grimm themselves. But make no mistakes, this is Cargill's novel - a majestic tale of love in the shadows and death in bloody dreams. It's a

  • For a first novel, it's phenomenal. Deliciously moreish, expect Dreams and Shadows to become modern horror fantasy legend and Cargill's lore to soar (DREAMS AND SHADOWS review) - SFX

  • Like an AI-centred, desert-bound twist on Children of Men, this is a sensitive and smart novel that surprises you with its depth of feeling. - SciFiNow

  • SEA OF RUST is a 40-megaton cruise missile of a novel - it'll blow you away and lay waste to your heart. It is the most visceral, relentless, breathtaking work of SF in any medium since Mad Max: Fury Road - Joe Hill, Sunday Times bestselling author

  • To tell the human story, use a robot. Suspense, action, a relentless mind and a profound heart: Sea of Rust has it all. - Justina Robson

  • Robots with plasma weapons and chain-guns, battling in a post-apocalyptic world . . . what's not to like? - Neal Asher

  • Sea of Rust is modern, smart fiction that belies it's majesty with a light touch. One of the science fiction books you should read this year. - SF Book

  • An action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller . . . [that] also addresses issues of soul and sentience in a subtle yet profound way - Financial Times (Best Books of 2017)

  • A soulful and stunningly accomplished work of science fiction . . . A stone-cold stunner of a story that deals with death and darkness yet is leavened with light and life - Tor.com

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