Cog (Compact Disc)
Cog is a boy who is actually a robot, and the person who made him is like his mother. After an accident, Cog ends up at the lab he was created at and realizes that they're making him aweapon. He escapes the corporation in search of the caregiver scientist, along with a robot car, a Trash Bot, a robot dog named Proto, and another robot weapon named Ada. An action packed story for middle grade readers. Great for reading out loud and exciting enough that kids age 8+ get sucked in and need to know what's going to happen next. This has action, cool characters, robots, a lot of humor, and I think it's the right one for the kid that has a hard time enjoying reading.— Riley
Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Since its creation date some months before, android Cog, designed for realistic human cognition, has lived happily with Gina in a house in the suburbs. When a misunderstanding sends Cog to a new ‘home’ at the headquarters of the tech firm that funded its creation, Cog makes friends with a talking car, a trash-bot, a robo-dog, and a sibling. Cog quickly gets to the heart of artificial intelligence, morality, and a road-trip adventure. This will engage young readers at once and inspire them to question assumptions about appearances, the law, and family.”
— Myles Mickle, Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, VT
Five robots. One unforgettable journey. Their programming will never be the same.
Wall-E meets The Wild Robot in this middle grade instant classic about five robots on a mission to rescue their inventor from the corporation that controls them all.
Cog looks like a normal twelve-year-old boy. But his name is short for "cognitive development," and he was built to learn.
But after an accident leaves him damaged, Cog wakes up in an unknown lab--and Gina, the scientist who created and cared for him, is nowhere to be found. Surrounded by scientists who want to study him and remove his brain, Cog recruits four robot accomplices for a mission to find her.
Cog, ADA, Proto, Trashbot, and Car's journey will likely involve much cognitive development in the form of mistakes, but Cog is willing to risk everything to find his way back to Gina.
In this charming stand-alone adventure, Greg van Eekhout breathes life and wisdom into an unforgettable character and crafts a story sure to earn its place among beloved classics like Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan.