From critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and film critic C. Robert Cargill comes an apocalyptic adventure that explores the relationship between humans and robots, and the fight for purpose and agency in a crumbling world.
Cargill is a gifted storyteller, and, with his robotic central character, he pulls off quite a feat: he makes Pounce a sympathetic, compassionate, deeply human protagonist—a real being, not a mere machine. His near-future postapocalyptic world, too, is abundantly real, so firmly anchored in our own reality that we feel as though Cargill’s vision of the future is not merely possible but likely ... Cargill offers a fascinating and intellectually engaging take on the venerable robots-versus-humans theme. An absolute must-read.
Cargill’s standalone prequel to 2017’s Sea of Rust deepens his imagined dystopian future with another equally thrilling and moving blend of action and ideas ... Cargill’s subtle characterizations and complex plotting make suspension of disbelief easy. Admirers of thoughtful hard sci-fi will hope Cargill continues to flesh out this bleak but brilliant world.
A near-future political thriller about change and agency ... he villains come across as simplistic, but the divisive political environment from which they arise reads as genuinely terrifying and plausible ... Fast-paced, topical, and engaging.