While he does create very vivid and sometimes gory images, I felt like I was listening to a screenplay ready to be produced on the big-screen instead of listening to a novel.
When I first heard that Steven Spielberg was set to direct the movie version of this book, I had to purchase it. I even heard the rumor that Spielberg's company optioned the movie rights to the book before it even came out it stores.
With that being said, it is a good book, but I was expecting a tad more. The beginning and ending were great, but the middle was ho-hum. It basically started, and then ended. I would have liked to have followed the characters adventures in between. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. The characters were unique and you often did not see their actions coming.
Think 'The Terminator', meets 'The Matrix', meets 'Maximum Overdrive' (for those of you old enough).
-The first 1/4 of the book is seen through the eyes of a computer. The rise of the machines is viewed in a different way. Very Original!
-The characters, including the bad guys, all have different, and interesting personalities. They are not just Robots. -Pun intended...
-Narration was good.
-Descriptions were brutally honest.
-The exploration of multiple characters was what i liked best.
-I feel like there were chunks left out of the story (the middle).
-Too short. It needed a little more depth.
I am probably being over critical about the negatives. I highly recommend this book!
Can't wait for the movie!
I wasn't sure that I'd like this at all. I was very surprised that I really loved it. It was believable, fun and exciting. I liked the journal concept and the characters. I was really shocked at the bad reviews because I didn't find the story to be slow at all. I glad it was a listen, not a read, but I think that it should have been narrated by more than one person.
All in all, I will recommend this book.
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.
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.
The headline says it all for me. I thoroughly enjoyed AMPED but this book was..."SEE HEADLINE".
World War Z told with Robots as the Zombies. Kept listening and saying maybe it will get better but alas it never did.
I took a chance and read this book with a cheese title, and ended up liking it a lot. It played out well for me and kept me. Now keep in mind I love books with AI, robots and in the near future. I also like the first person inner monologue of a aware AI, that was new for me. This was a good read.
It starts as a collage of experiences from the ones who would eventually lead the resistance. As you listen the characters become so believable. It's as if you knew them personally. It wasn't very difficult to formulate an image of each of the characters. As the story escalates the lives of the characters (from different parts of the world) interweave and you can begin to see how it is this communal behavior that gets them through and ultimately determines their survival. The events that lead up to "zero hour" are scenarios that are not a far stretch from the possible. The only far stretch was a zombie scene, but even that could be explained through science and not the supernatural. I also enjoyed how the author was able to mesh the world of machines with man as men became more machine-like and machines became more manlike. This theme is played out as a machine-altered human child leader of the resistance is the metaphoric protagonist against a machine antagonist that takes the form of an innocent child that develops a schizophrenic perception of reality. The message I take away from this is that as machines become closer to our everyday experience we must learn to control our thoughts. Just as all tools in the past have become an extension of our being so too will "automata", which will become an extension of our intelligence. As we extend that intelligence it is only the highest ideals of our human nature that will be our saving grace. I would love to see this as a screenplay.
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There were plenty of off the wall sayings for me to pick as the title for this, such as: Leave enough ticks on a dog and pretty soon there ain't no dog left or A mechanic is just an engineer in blue jeans or It's the Cowboy Way.
This is Wilson's first novel, not his first book. He has written books on robotics. He has a PhD in Robotics among other degree's. When it comes to robots the guy knows what he is talking about, his writing in this novel can be sophomoric and I agree with the reviewer that complained about the present tense form.
Putting the bad writing aside, the use of present tense, the lack of character development, etc, I still liked the book. Like B.V. Larson's Swarm, the concept and chapter by chapter development kept me interested. I am a sucker for A-I, Robots or Vulcan type characters. There is solid Science Fiction in almost each and every chapter and those of us who have been reading Sci-Fi for a while have grown used to putting up with lower writing skills to get the science we crave. Another good thing about Wilson, is that even though he knows the in's and outs of robotics, he does not bore us with all the technical jargon.
Like Stephen Baxter and Ben Bova, I believe that Wilson has a big career in writing if he wants. He will need to get some help with his writing skills, but he won't be the first writer to improve his skills as he matures. Hell, the guy was born two years after I graduated High School.
The narrator is not terrible. He has a nasal quality to his voice and he does not do voices well, but maybe he can hone his skills also.