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Cog

Cog

Written by Greg van Eekhout

Narrated by James Fouhey


Cog

Written by Greg van Eekhout

Narrated by James Fouhey

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5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
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Released:
Oct 1, 2019
ISBN:
9780062965301
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Description

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 12-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.

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 1, 2019
ISBN:
9780062965301
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Greg van Eekhout lives in San Diego, California, with his astronomy/physics professor wife and two dogs. He’s worked as an educational software developer, ice-cream scooper, part-time college instructor, and telemarketer. Being a writer is the only job he’s ever actually liked. You can find more about Greg at his website: www.writingandsnacks.com.


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  • (5/5)
    I read this as part of my Norton finalist packet.Cog is a middle grade science fiction novel packed full of heart. Cog is a robot boy with a love of learning. He can tell you everything you'd ever want to know about cheese and platypuses. He's happy living in a house and learning from his caregiver, Gina. But after he dives into traffic to save a dog, he awakens patched-up in the main facility of his corporate maker. Not only is Gina gone, but the other scientists aren't so nice. The solution: bust out (with some friends) and find Gina!The core of the book gave me solid 1980s movie road trip vibes a la Flight of the Navigator and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. It's laugh-out-loud funny at several points as the robot boy and his motley crew learn a lot about themselves, the company that made them, and their own power to make choices. Plus, it features the best talking car since Knight Rider. This is a book that parents and grandparents will enjoy as much as the kids.
  • (5/5)
    This story is about COG who is a robot with artificial intelligence. He was created to look and act like a 12 year old boy. One day he decides to learn from his mistakes and ends up being taken away from his creator. He decides to go find her setting off one of the most exciting and funny chase scenes ever. This would be an excellent addition to any middle grade library.
  • (4/5)

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    Cog is a boy robot who was developed by Gina, a roboticist. He’s lived with Gina, learning new things to develop his cognitive development. As opposed to the typical robot, Cog can feel some emotions and make choices of action although he doesn’t yet fully understand what those emotions are and the consequences of his actions. After he is hit by a truck while trying to rescue a dog, Cog is sent to uniMIND, a robot research company that Gina works for. He no longer lives with Gina and Cog misses her. Nathan of uniMIND is particularly interested in something Cog has, the X module. But Cog is aware enough to know he needs to escape uniMIND and find where Gina went. Along with a motley crew of uniMIND robots—Trashbot, Proto the dog, his sister ADA, and Car—Cog embarks on the ultimate bad experience that will grow his cognitive development in unexpected ways. Cog’s literal mind and voice laser-focuses the reader on the theme of learning life lessons, the value of mistakes, and free choice. He and the other robots are inadvertently humorous because of his literal interpretations.

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