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Sea of Rust: C. Robert Cargill

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Linus clings to the notion that his job is about saving children from cruel or dangerous homes, but really he’s a cog in a government machine that treats magical children as second-class citizens. Brittle’s narration is extremely well pitched, her dry and pithy comebacks and barbed remarks a constant delight.

SEA OF RUST | Kirkus Reviews

Ok, it would be patronising to suggest that it is an unofficial tradition of the Clarke Award occasionally to include crowd-pleasing solid-genre page turners on the short list. It's about the stack of tiny little moments of joy and love that add up to a lifetime that's been worthwhile.That part, the sheer kinetic adventure, is undeniably fun, but it has very little to do with the novel’s SF content—which is why it surprised me a bit to see this on the Clarke Award list. C. Robert Cargill also recently announced Day Zero, another book in the same setting, coming in May next year.

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The narrator is Pounce, a nannybot for eight-year-old human Ezra, a tiger-shaped robot who has to make a fateful choice when machines breach the house and threaten the boy he’s meant to protect. 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 while I, and I suspect most of the others, have serious problems with it, Sea of Rust absolutely deserves to be here. I had seen a few quite favorable reviews when it appeared, but never got a review copy myself, so this was my first encounter with it. I really enjoyed this one, I read it when it was shortlisted for the Clarke and I enjoyed the themes discussed in the book.

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