Think about the kind of movie that substitutes tension and dramatic scenes for plot. Now imagine that instead of viewing the movie, you are reading the script. That's how this book reads. It's written as series of increasingly scary and violent scenes, each involving different settings and people. The premise - "What if we made really good robots that went bad on us?" - is tired, and there's nothing fresh or inventive about this treatment of it. Lots of graphic, gory descriptions though. Not my cup of tea. To be fair, I gave up when I was half-way through; maybe it redeems itself in the end, but I lost patience. I'd call this more thriller than sci-fi. Maybe it will make a better movie than book.
After listening to a few hours of this book you are going to go into epileptic fits if you hear Cormac Wallace, Mill Number GHA213 one more time. After the original idea this book gets boring fast, and the story delivery mechanism - a series of recorded snippets from ... you guessed it ... Cormac Wallace's journals gets old. Unless you are interested in hearing a series of battle vignets over and over pass this one by.
There is an irony to Mr. Wilson's advanced degrees in robotics, because that is just how this book reads. The story is flat and the characters lack anything that would allow the listener to feel some thread of emotional connection. The narration did not work at all, and I felt at times that Mr. Chamberlain was trying to create something that fundamentally is not there in the book. Sadly, on film this will be a blockbuster summer film in some not too distant year, but the hook will be gore and explosions, as opposed to real story. Mr. Wilson will probably make more money than anyone who attended the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Save your credit, and settle down with your Roomba...watching it vacuum will be about as compelling as Robopocalypse.
I think the book was ultimately good, but I kept having issues with the dialogue. It felt like it was supposed to be real dialogue and things people would say in a conversation, but it never happened. It felt more like someone was reading was was written as opposed to having a conversation. This was not the narrators fault. Its totally an issue with how things were written.
Ultimately it was still a decent book though.
Yes it was a good book and I liked the character development. A classic view of good and evil in the future. The only beef was the endding, felt clipped, rushed and dry. If you liked "how to survive a robot uprising" you will like this book.
Plenty of profanity-boosted egos in this novel which sends the message that the characters won't ever achieve interesting and unique personalities. In fact, by the second half of the book most of the characters were indistinguishable from each other, the plot had lost it's momentum, and it became tiresome and unrewarding to continue. Spend your money on a better book.
This is quite possibly one of the worst listens I have ever had. I have been a member, since Audible come to be. So, for me to say that takes a lot.
Shallow. Old. Literary awful. Take "Terminator" and dumb it down. You get this.
Makes it worth.
Enjoy the adventure
Similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, technology is now in charge and in the mood to kick some human butt. This time it's Archos who is using all his hardware and software to rule the human.
Written in the first person and from the perspective of different characters. Very fast paced. Which is good because 1st person naratives are difficult to do well and many readers do not enjoy it.
The narrator is very good. Reminds me of several of my New Jersey friends, and they tell great stories.
I couldn't stand this story. It seemed like a complete rip-off of World War Z, but with robots instead of zombies.
Additionally, the narrator, Mike Chamberlain has one of the most obnoxious voices I have ever heard.
The producers of this audiobook should be put on trial for Crimes Against Humanity for choosing Mike Chambelain to narrate.
Don't waste your time with this one. Read World War Z instead.