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The Resource The last human, Lee Bacon ; illustrations, Karl Kwasny

The last human, Lee Bacon ; illustrations, Karl Kwasny

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The last human
Title
The last human
Statement of responsibility
Lee Bacon ; illustrations, Karl Kwasny
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Language
eng
Summary
After machines take control of Earth, following the extinction of humans, twelve-year-old robot XR 935A confronts its prejudices about humans and begins to reconsider its own existence within robot society after discovering and befriending a twelve-year-old human girl
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  • Grades 3-6 What if robots destroyed all humans—or at least thought they had? XR_935, a gen-9 robot, narrates this unusual sci-fi tale, beginning with his first day online. XR_935 entertainingly learns about his environment and the downfall of humans by examining data files and asking the two robots serving as his “FamilyUnit” questions, such as “What’s a nail salon?” and “Why did humans congregate to watch movies?” Once up to speed, XR_935 spends the next 12 years diligently working alongside SkD (who communicates in emoticons) and Ceeron (who enjoys telling human jokes). They get the shock of their lives, therefore, when a 12-year-old human, Emma, shows up at the worksite. Emma enlists the robots’ help in finding medicine to cure the sickness sweeping through the people in her bunker. Subtle humor surfaces when literal-minded robots try to understand human idioms, behavior, and emotions. And Bacon raises the story’s stakes and action level as the group works against the clock and unexpected new threats. A tech-fueled friendship adventure ideal for fans of Peter Brown’s Wild Robot series. -- J. B. Petty (Reviewed 8/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 22, p81)
  • After global warming and constant war established humans as corrupt, robots wiped them out, replacing them with a machine society linked across a hive. Robot XR_935, who narrates, installs solar panels, never questioning its purpose until the day that a 12-year-old human girl, Emma, appears in its solar field. Emma shouldn’t exist, but she does, and XR and its two robotic coworkers, despite the paradox, can’t bring themselves to destroy her. Instead, they disable tracking and accompany her on a journey set by her dying parents. Along the way, they face danger, risk being lost to battery depletion, and are eventually branded traitors to robot society. But the robots’ experiences of human kindness, empathy, and collaboration lead them to reconsider their views on humankind’s potential. In this enjoyable sci-fi adventure, the stakes are believable and high, and the robots’ interactions are humorous, sometimes mixed up for comedic effect. Against a timely backdrop, Bacon (the Joshua Dread series) explores messages of friendship, tolerance, and cooperation with wit and thoughtfulness. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/26/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 34, p)
  • A trio of robot workers sets out to help a girl they believe to be the last of humankind. Thirty years after robots put an end to humanity in order to save the planet, a girl appears at the narrator's worksite. XR_935 is purpose-built to install solar panels in a large array. XR_935's work companion, enormous, strong Ceeron, built to lift and carry, is a scholar of human jokes and colloquialisms. Smaller, zippy SkD connects wires and communicates via emoji pictographs. XR_935 itself is analytical, constantly running numbers, data, and measurements. Emma, a white-presenting human, explains that her family and others have been overcome by a flu epidemic in their hidden bunker. The lone survivor, she hopes to reach a point of help marked on a map. XR_935 grapples with the dilemma: It needs to violate the rules it knows in order to provide forbidden assistance to this Unknown LifeForm. Bacon deftly constructs an amiable but also moral and emotional self for XR_935 out of the data that the unlikely hero collects and considers. The result is an amusing and upbeat adventure, with glimpses of a fading human footprint on the planet and a suggestion that there's hope for a shared AI and human future. An off note is sounded, however, in XR_935's initial conjecture that Emma could be "a shaved gorilla" (to which Emma reacts, "not cool"), which unnecessarily deploys a phrase that some young readers will recognize as a racist one. After all, via data clips, XR_935 and its fellow robots have seen images of humans multiple times. Appealing speculative fiction with memorable robot personalities. (Science fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10817249
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bacon, Lee
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.B13446
LC item number
Las 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kwasny, Karl
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Robots
  • Human beings
  • Prejudices
  • Friendship
  • Technology
  • Robots
  • Human beings
  • Prejudices
  • Friendship
  • Technology
  • Science fiction
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The last human, Lee Bacon ; illustrations, Karl Kwasny
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
2018058476
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9781419736919
Lccn
2018058476
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1080554053
Label
The last human, Lee Bacon ; illustrations, Karl Kwasny
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018058476
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9781419736919
Lccn
2018058476
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1080554053

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