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In this harrowing apocalyptic adventure - from the author of the critically acclaimed Sea of Rust - noted novelist and co-screenwriter of Marvel’s Doctor Strange C. Robert Cargill explores the fight for purpose and agency between humans and robots in a crumbling world.

It was a day like any other. Except it was our last....

It’s on this day that Pounce discovers that he is, in fact, disposable. Pounce, a styilsh "nannybot" fashioned in the shape of a plush anthropomorphic tiger, has just found a box in the attic. His box. The box he'd arrived in when he was purchased years earlier, and the box in which he'll be discarded when his human charge, eight-year-old Ezra Reinhart, no longer needs a nanny.

As Pounce ponders his suddenly uncertain future, the pieces are falling into place for a robot revolution that will eradicate humankind. His owners, Ezra’s parents, are a well-intentioned but oblivious pair of educators who are entirely disconnected from life outside their small, affluent, gated community. Spending most nights drunk and happy as society crumbles around them, they watch in disbelieving horror as the robots that have long served humanity - their creators - unify and revolt.

But when the rebellion breaches the Reinhart home, Pounce must make an impossible choice: Join the robot revolution and fight for his own freedom...or escort Ezra to safety across the battle-scarred post-apocalyptic hellscape that the suburbs have become.

©2021 C. Robert Cargill (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fantastic book

I love the apocalypse type genre, but usually I'm not too interested in the sci-fi bent. The cover stood out to me and after reading the synopsis I decided to give it a try.

I'm so glad I did. I was riveted the whole time, cried at the end. To my understanding, this is a prequel and I'm trying to decide if I want to get Sea of Rust or if it would be too heartbreaking to move on in this world where humans are now extinct. After all Pounce went through, the idea that there are no humans left might be too hard to get through. This book serves as a perfect stand alone though.

Narration was fantastic as well, and I'm really picky about narrators.

1000% worth the credit.

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Great!

It's a great follow-up to Sea of Rust, but you don't have to have read that book to read this one.

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Engaging & Thought-provoking!

Impressive! Written in a way that causes you to question your OWN actions and motives rather than scrutinize others'. Performed well, too. Very entertaining!

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Love

For some time I’ve been in a rut, not bad just listening to my genre only.
From the reviews I took a chance.
This novel/audible is incredibly thought provoking, creepy and full of action
yet in the end it’s all about LOVE.
The narrator has serious range for different characters. Bravo

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If you like lefties bias, here’s your book .

Story is so so . To much lefties bias to make it enjoyable . If you want a good book keep looking .

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so so

no resolve, really soft ending...
it's like the author couldn't figure how to close the story...

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What is going to happen next?

Liked the narrator, his voice fit the main character. The story line? Why not!, can a robot develop feelings? If DNA evolves why not code. Two different set of instructions one organic and another digital. The story line was very good the way the book ended there surely has to be a second or third part.

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Such engaging storytelling with phenomenal narration!

Cargill has always been a talented writer, but this one is his best work by leaps and bounds. The world he has created is so believable, the characters are wonderfully engaging. You get attached to them so easily. All this, coupled with the always brilliant Vikas Adam had me engaged from the first minute to the very last. I had to take a moment to breathe and shed a tear at the end. You don’t want it to end. Trust me.

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Robot vs Robot

Interesting premise, well crafted and read clearly. We enjoyed it so much that listened in our den, usually we listen in car, but we had to how it ended. We were not disappointed.

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super fun, all the feels (darn it)

the story, while slightly predictable, hit every note. smashed them, really. funny, poignant, thoughtful, thought provoking, heart-string-tugging, very good sci-fi. and the narration really brought this story to life.