Royden Lepp's Rust: Visitor in the Field by Royden Lepp
In a war 48 years ago (that looks like an alternate World War I), robots were used to fight. They were as effective as any other new and overwhelming technology (like tanks, machine guns, or nerve gas). Now life is peaceful, for the most part. Roman Taylor wants to keep the family farm going, which means he has to repair their reprogrammed robots. The task is difficult, especially since his dad is missing and his younger siblings are too young to help out. One day, a boy with goggles and a jet pack crashes into the farm. He's Jet Jones, a bit of a tech wiz who helps out by fixing the tractor and other things. The only problem is he is reluctant to get the robots back on line. Roman needs the help but will he get more than he is bargaining for?
The book has a very lean narrative style. Dialogue is kept to a minimum, telling the story through pictures and action. I found the story intriguing. This volume deals mostly in setting up of characters and situations. They are interesting enough to get me hooked.