Robopocalypse is in the same genre as the Terminator series, Heinlein's The Moon is Harsh Mistress, or Asimov's I, Robot. The assumption is that at some point, machine intelligence will become sufficiently advanced and complex so that "consciousness" will emerge. Typically at that point, machine intelligence will decide that humans are too illogical and contradictory to maintain their dominance of the planet.
Rather than focus on the lone rebel who must defeat the machines, Robopocalypse interweaves multiple story lines from around the world of various individuals playing a role in overcoming the machine menace. There are tales of lost love, lost childhood, lost innocence, and lost anti-social personalities. Of course, humans are triumphant in the end, but it's the process that we enjoy, not the ending that makes the tale worthwhile.
This is not hardcore sci-fi; rather, the emphasis is on the struggle to preserve our humanity in the face of technological superiority that is the real message.
This future history is a string of progressive comfortable assumptions about people and technology, save your time and get how to survive a robot uprising if you’re interested in this topic. I recommend you skip this title unless you like predictable story lines.
The premise of this book is well worn. The characters in this book, men and machines, are a little mechanical. But it's the details, the ideas, the technologies and the sinister machines themselves that provide the surprises and suspense. If you can overlook the books shortcomings, you will enjoy it as I did.
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
I gotta say off the bat that this is a book i can tell wouldn't cut it in print for me. The format is patched together from different sources and voices. But in audio format it's not bad. The parallels to the Terminator are there, sure. After all, it is a tale of the same ilk. But overall it was entertaining and the thought process of how the machines think and the environmental goals of the takeover give it a little twist. I wouldn't chase it down or relisten to it much, but it was better than some I've fallen into recently.
It's a bad sign when you switch the audio to double speed to get the book over with.
I was really looking forward to this book. It seemed like the kind of book I love. End of the world plus robots! I couldn't wait! I just didn't get that end-of-the-world thrill. There was no sense of fear or urgency for most of the book. There were a few good scenes but most of it was just kind of dull.
Outstading book. Grabs you from page one and the narator is excellent. I highly recommend it for fans of The Stand and other post apocalyptic books.
A lot of this book reminded me of World War Z. The format is somewhat similar in that the main character is describing past events in a somewhat similar fashion to Z's interview format.
The story takes a bit to get off of the ground, but once it does, it is highly enjoyable. The narrator does a great job with all of the characters and rarely seems out of place. I always hate narrators where you can't get past the voice work, but this was a great job.
Robopocalypse is a great novel and a great audio book. I highly recommend this one.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Just before writing this review I thought no one else realized that this book shared a really similar feel to Max Brooks' World War Z (not to mention Max also wrote a book called the Zombie Survival Guide and Daniel H Wilson created a book called How to Survive a Robot Uprising). It seems as if others here did indeed notice this as well. As a matter of fact there were points in the book I just felt like the whole plot was lifted and re-purposed. Okay so with all this aside...
The book was actually quite good. The story is essentially a re-telling of how a computer program named Archos found a mind of its own and in pretty short order decided to go to war with the humans. The story took place somewhere in the near future which made some of the story a bit easier to believe.
My 3 stars are really because there are many unanswered questions. So many unanswered questions in fact that I believe there must be another book in the works. There was so much ground to cover in so many years, you really wanted to know more about what was going on. Without giving anything away, I will say I kept thinking "What was Archos' strategy and why did he do some of the things he did?"
Perhaps the best part of this book was Mike Chamberlain who read the book perfectly. Perhaps one of the reasons for why I wanted to learn more about Archos was the fantastic voice Mike used for him. Anytime Archos spoke, I got that weird creepy feeling that added some real entertainment.
Enjoy the book but be aware it feels like it was designed for a movie more than a good book. Perhaps that is why Steven Spielberg is directing it :-)
To say this book was poorly written and unoriginal would be a gentle understatement. The maddening use of cliche after dim cliche would have flunked this author out of any decent high school creative writing class. Two stars: One for the author's dumb luck in getting this dog published and one for the fairly cool cyber-Tut death mask on the cover. Daniel H. Wilson, find a day job.
This book is stupid, vapid, brainless, poorly written and an utter waste of time. Best part of the book is its cover. How did Wilson get this turkey published?