I'm trying to remember what book this was. Think it was a scene in a full length novel. Might have been adult sci-fi or young adult. The bits I remember clearly:

  • There was an 'orphanage' where children were raised by robots without human contact
  • The main character (almost certain it was a female human) attacks the orphanage at some point and rescues the children or one particular child
  • The child was scared of the humans because it had only ever had robot contact
  • After they attacked the orphanage there was a battle

I can't quite remember!

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    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 12:14
  • @Richard Wow good pick it ticks the boxes... But unfortunately not the one I was thinking of, I've not read that.
    – sync
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 12:17
  • I didn't think it was the right one, hence why I posted it as a comment.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 12:21
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    Reminds me of the scenes on Solaria with the Solarian child Fallom from Asimov's Foundation and Earth .
    – Joe L.
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 14:48
  • @JoeL. Yes it is similar! I actually recently read that as was re-reading the foundation books, I think that was what reminded me of this other story. I've started on Asimov's Robot books now and it's possible it's in one of them. But in the one I remember the child was a toddler, whereas Fallom was older. And the battle afterwards was more intense. Also I think there may have been several children in the one I'm asking about.
    – sync
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 11:52

2 Answers 2


Possibly EG Von Wald's Hemeac.

If it is, at the end the rescuers look glumly at the children and say "What do we do with them? They're nothing but living robots" and Hemeac feels a warm glow of pride at the compliment.


Could this be The Wrong Unit by Rob Dircks?


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    Could you state in your answer the reasons you believe this might be the book in question?
    – tobiasvl
    Commented Mar 3, 2017 at 21:57
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    Given this novel wasn't released until 2016, a year after the question was posed, this seems unlikely.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 4:49

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