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.
This book had a potential.. but very long winded, every chapter introduces a new futuristic threat rather than getting on with the main plot.. like an introduction that never ends. The reader is good, but a wasted talent here. He deserves better things. I can't believe the author enjoyed writing this book--it is laborious and cumbersome, and well, plain unenjoyable. I listen and become annoyed and angry.
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 :-)
I'm sorry but this is more than a bit juvenile. I understand what it is trying to achieve but it sort of feels a bit less epic than it's intentions. It's very simple. If you are a fan of Stephen King...it will leave you wanting a bit more storytelling. Go for "The passage" if you need a bit more philosophy and a lot less action gun battles. If you are a fan of an easy listen and you absolutely love techno robotic babble and are under 20 years old you will love this. If you are a fan of the "what after" post-apocalyptic worlds and its complexities, this is not your book. I should have waited for more reviews. I should have known from the cheesy book title.
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
Because they had to make it a point that the author has a PhD in robotics, I expected some good old hard science fiction, it was not. The audio production was excellent, but the book was poor. There is no real explanation for the technology.
Great book, lots of action scenes well written. Reminded me of World War Z storytelling, which I also loved. Different perspective storytelling is a style you must like in order to appreciate this book. As far as I'm concerned a must-read!
The overall story is a good one that, given the style, is excellent in an audio format. However, the glaring problem with this book is the numerous occasions of very campy dialogue and poor character decisions. It seems that any character that is not a "Rob" or the main protagonist is poorly written.
That being said, the overall concept is great and every narration from the perspective of the antagonist and hero are extremely well done. Although I may not read/listen to this book again I would definitely look into other books by this author especially if they are set in the world written about here.
i read this a couple years ago but wanted the audio version to hear it from a different reader. it did feel like a slightly different story because of that but not in a negative way. Will definitely checkout how the sequel sounds, which i have also already read. i hope a third book is announced soon.
i really enjoyed this book. I wouldn't have picked it up off the shelf (so to speak) because it looks super tacky. Silly title, clichéd image, even the premise seems dubious. but it was recommended to me and I'm glad it was.
i enjoyed the fragmented, collection of mini stories, structure. the narrator did a good job giving each character a distinct personality.
while in no way ground breaking, this book did create and satisfyingly explore an intriguing scenario. the scenario felt well grounded, so that when it stretched belief at times it never broke it and the resulting experience was delightfully engrossing. i happily entered the only slightly altered reality of the book and stayed there for the whole journey.
The core concept might call to mind William Gibson's 'Wintermute' but this world is, at least before the war, very close to our own. and so the extrapolation of events feels unnervingly believable.
I love scifi for it's ability to explore thought experiments such as how would a 'Robopocalypse' really go down if it happened now, and in doing so explore humanity itself, in all it's heroic glory and ugliness as well. because for all the robots and artificial intelligence, scifi is really about understanding our own humanity.
so if you can look past the jacket, you will be plenty rewarded.