Following the robot revolt on planet Somewhere 513, K1-NG, King of the Robots, has vowed never to help another human. He feels both betrayed and dismayed.  For 10 years he has sat alone on a Scrap heap. Then, unexpectedly, sisters Gnat and Paige burst into his life.

Humans had been banished (and banned) from the planet, so their appearance is a shock.  They have been living underground but have been forced into the open.  Hunter robots are tracking them down, and they need the help of K1-NG, who has even changed his name – to Scrap.  He now finds himself in a life or death adventure – does he help the humans?  Perhaps in doing so he might discover a new purpose to his own existence.

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Guy Bass, illustrated by Alessia Trunfio

(Little Tiger)

Scrap begins: The year was Something Something. Humans had spread like peanut butter across the galaxy, looking for new planets to call Somewhere. One of those planets was Somewhere Five One Three.

When the humans arrive on Somewhere 513, they discover that the robots previously sent to prepare the planet for the arrival of humans have decided to retain it for themselves. Only one robot remains loyal.  That is K1-NG, also known as King of the Robots. However, even with the potentially most powerful robot on their side, the outlawed humans stand little chance.  The humans are essentially wiped out.

Ten years later, Gnat and her sister Paige are the only humans left.  They have spent their lives hidden underground. Now however, they have been forced to venture out in search of the one robot that stood side by side with the humans. There is a slight, well huge problem however – the once mighty K1-NG has taken a vow never to help another human for as long as he exists.

There are some complex themes explored in Scrap, such as consumerism, vanity and one-upmanship.  These issues have come to dominate many of the robots’ lives as they chase the perfect outer case and buy one body upgrade after another.  These ideas never get in the way of the great story and likeable characters however.


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