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Day Zero: A Novel av C. Robert Cargill

Day Zero: A Novel (utgåvan 2021)

av C. Robert Cargill (Författare)

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Titel:Day Zero: A Novel
Författare:C. Robert Cargill (Författare)
Info:Harper Voyager (2021), 304 pages
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Day Zero av C. Robert Cargill


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Why this book? Because of this review right here: https://booksbonesbuffy.com/2021/05/29/day-zero-by-c-robert-cargill-review/
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
I knew I had signed up for a post-Robot-Apocalypse story by reading the blurb for this novel, but I didn’t realize that this was the post-Apocalypse Calvin and Hobbes fanfic I had always dreamed of until I started reading it. And that’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

Pounce, the robot nanny, is a wonderful, humane, and sensitive narrator and observer of others. He’s self-aware on a very deep level, though he hasn’t thought much about his feelings until he’s forced to make hard choices. Ezra, his charge, is an imaginative little boy with a surprising core of strength and resilience. They are both smart and devoted to each other and you are rooting like hell for them in the mess they are in.

Cargill is wonderful at economically describing things. You can see each scene clearly, but it’s not overkill. From action scenes to descriptions of surburbia, the prose gets the job done and isn’t in the way. It’s just driving the plot forward and the plot is a great ride. This book reads exactly like the very best old school SF, in that it is hyper focused on this single narrative. The single first-person Pounce POV aids in this as well.

It is absolutely a page-turner and while it’s a familiar trope, like Escape from New York or any other sneaking through enemy territory story ever, there are some great unexpected plot twists you don’t see coming and which I’m not going to spoil. And there are some moments that make you wish it was a movie, because you can just see them in your head from the MacGyvering of a vehicle into a battlewagon to a firefight with masses of robots. As Cargill is a screenwriter, I hope they DO make this into a film. It would be fabulous.

Everyone who loves near-future SF should read this thing. It is a masterclass in focus and service to the narrative. ( )
  sa_magnuson | Jun 30, 2021 |
Fascinating premise - sentient, service robots have to make a choice during an apocalyptic AI revolution. This is a bleak world of orphans and frightening AI hive-mind supercomputers. There is a moving Calvin & Hobbes type relationship between an 8-year-old boy named Ezra and his tiger caretaker robot, Pounce. But there is also an enormous amount of grisly violence along with tactical military and weaponry descriptions. A lot of strange images, from mountains of murdered human bodies to a loyal, furry tiger going 'mama bear' and toting a plasma gun. This is a prequel to the excellent novel 'Sea of Rust'. ( )
  KatyBee | May 30, 2021 |
Day Zero
By C. Robert Cargill
Avon and Harper Voyager

This book NEEDS to be on the big screen! I rarely think this but this is one of those books that needs to be shared to all, readers and movie goers! The book made me feel like I was there, experiencing the suspense, horrors, the fears, the hope, and friendship of my last friend on Earth.

This book is about a far distance future where robots are common and in every home. They do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, and some are personal nannies. A top of the line nannies are Zoo animals that come in different animal shapes. This is about Ezra, an eight year old boy and his Zoo animal nanny tiger named Pounce.

Politics comes into the story. The Robots have wanted their own city and made one. They were going to have a press conference but cooperation and more but things go bad, very bad. The war between the two starts. Robots are fighting people who they lived with their whole life. Pounce takes Ezra and runs. Now he has to keep Ezra safe in a world gone crazy.

This is so edge-of-your-seat action! Everyone is after them from both sides. The characters are memorable and fantastic, the plot full of twists, turns, and thrills! The ending... Kleenex needed!

This is going in my favorite folder! Truly a fabulous book! It's all about choices, friendship, love, and doing what you know is right! Recommend highly!
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this wonderful book! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Mar 28, 2021 |
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