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Publisher's Summary

Short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke award.

One of Financial Times' Best Books of 2017.

An action-packed postapocalyptic 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.

©2018 C. Robert Cargill (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

Critic Reviews

"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 best-selling author)

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Just super

Just a very fresh take on the post apocalyptic world. I would actually listen to it again, it was that good. Narration was great too.

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  • SlosshyDolphin
  • 11-01-18

good start but lost it's way

started out five out of five but ran out of steam and just became rather average shoot em up sci fi

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  • Iain G
  • 08-03-18

Not perfect, but really reeeeally good

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Sea of Rust, however I was not completely satisfied with the ending. It felt slightly rushed, and basically didn't go in the direction that I really hoped it would. I felt like it just suddenly ended when It was getting exciting. If it were a few chapters longer and Cargill had beefed out what he already had with some more world building and maybe added more of that juicy back story this could have been really excellent

That's really the only negative I have though. Naration was good, I was drawn into the book from the get go, I liked the characters, I really liked the setting and how the story unfolded and most of all I absolutely LOVED the back story!

The fall of mankind, the war and the development and progression of the OWIs and their end goal was what really got me excited! More of this please, if there is ever a sequel.