Let me begin by saying how much I enjoyed the author's debut, Robopocalypse. In a sub-genre that has seen a number of treatments of the robot takeover of the world. that novel was more like literature. To make a comparison, if you liked World War Z, then Robopocalypse is nearly as good. That might be why I was disappointed in Wilson's sophomore effort. I expected a story with broader scope and less predictability. Unfortunately, I figured it all out by the middle of the book, which means the story never truly pulled me in. I gave it three stars because some of the characters were interesting and the premise was at least interesting. Sadly, the execution wasn't.
Haven't read this in print version.
While I wasn't terribly impressed with the story per se, I find that Daniel Wilson's portrayal of how the masses can be manipulated to be quite relevant to what is happening in our society today in terms of fear mongering by elitist and money powered groups. History is replete with examples of what happens in this story. Regrettably, such history is yet again repeating in my opinion.
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I really expected more from the book the setting for the world is great and the Novel starts off strong. However, it losses steam mid way and just starts to drag. In short is it a BUY, TRY, OR PASS ? I'd say its really a Pass.
Story is, as I said okay. The plot rushes along with each story phase told quickly and wraps up quickly to an unsatisfying conclusion. Each story element is very dubiously connected and makes the plot jump from one development to the next in some cases. Each story scene is brief moving on to the next as previously mention, but the 'going into the levels’ and the fight scenes are drawn out as if in a visual slow motion part of the ‘movie’, which made me impatient to get on with it.
Really – it is a good story to listen while on a long trip or commute. Narration is maybe the best part
A well developed fleshed out plot would have helped a lot.
It had no depth. The story was rushed and implausible. This is the second book I've read by this author and both were good but poorly executed plots.
Yes he was okay.
They were all shallow.
I won't waste any more of my time commenting about such poor writing.
I found this book - both content and delivery (nararrator) excellent. What a great book and one I think I'll read again at some point in the near future. The way the nararrator reads the book - is 'right in keeping' with the main character and perfectly rendered.
The concept of the book is also excellent, because it touches on the technology we're building and the perceptions or prejudice that may result from its use in the future.
I'm glad I didn't listen to some of the other reviews (sorry guys) that downgraded the book.... as I found it to be absolutely excellent.
I recommend it.
Better reader that doesn't have awkward long pauses between sentences and a better story line that isn't so predictable,
Rewrite from the begining
So, so much
I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for something, anything cool to happen and it just wasn't there. One would think electronically modified humans + fictional story = cool but nope. Some people can see better, some are a little smarter, and a select few have military programming but don't get all excited all they can do is fight better and not even like Matrix fighting either.
After reading Wilson's Robopocalypse I was looking forward to a new book from him. This book is really good but doesn't have the spark that makes it a great book like Robopocalypse.
It is an interesting book and i would recommend it.
Robbie Daymond did a fantastic job of reading an amazing story.
He does of a great job of bringing the characters to life. His inflection, tone, and use of voice manipulation really brings out the story.
I was really at the edge of my seat listening to this. So much so, in fact that I couldn't stop listening to it.
This was great story that was read extremely well. I highly recommend it.
It is AWESOME
When the elite group of Amps goes whole hog, the way it is described is very intricate and you almost feel as if it is happening to you. The fight between Lyle and #13 (as he was called) was amazing.
Lyle. He switched into that character and played it like it was his real voice and character.
I did not have an extreme reaction to this book. It did however, make me think quite a bit about what direction science is heading to. Also, it depicted well the fact that despite any forward steps that man takes in health, etc. there will still be those who are ailing and those who are prejudiced against others for one reason or another.