Rust: Visitor in the Field: 07/13/15
Ages ago I read Rust: Secrets of the Cell as part of the CYBILs (though I didn't review it until I went back and re-read it a year later). Afterwards, I decided I should finally read the book that came first: Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field by Royden Lepp.
Rust is the tale of a farm going through a dust bowl era depression in a post child soldier war. Besides children (really more like child cyborgs), the war used actual robots who continued to fight when none of the human soldiers were still standing. Now all that's left are rusted out hulks of robots, the dirt farms, and one cyborg child who is desperate to find the remaining power cells left so he can continue to live.
The boy is given a home at the farm in exchange for his labor. The man who runs the farm sees the scrap bots as his opportunity to make something of his farm. He's willing to risk danger for the slim chance that they will be usable.
It's a dreary start — more mood piece than plot. In 2014 a third book was published, Death of the Rocket Boy which I will be reviewing in August.