They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies… Now they’re coming for you.
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire - but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites - at a moment known later as Zero Hour - humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.
Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of such nonfiction works as How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.
©2011 Daniel H. Wilson (P)2011 Random House Audio
“Things pop along at a wonderfully breakneck pace, and by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life. Vigorous, smart and gripping.” (Kirkus)
"A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won't soon forget. What a read…unlike anything I’ve read before." (Clive Cussler)
It would be so nice if books that were written in nonstandard styles came with warnings of this. This book was written in the present tense, which to my ears sounds awkward and distracts from my ability to enjoy the story (and I have over 300 audiobooks in my Audible library, all of them written in the past tense, except for this one). I couldn't get past an hour of this book before I gave up. If you find present tense writing styles a bit off-putting, you may wish to avoid this book.
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.
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.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
A collage of tired devices borrowed from greater works. Left a ton of loose ends, too. Never really explained why this was happening. Started to hint at a larger lesson to be learned at the hands of the greater intelligence, but never brought it home. Ended up just being a pointless gore fest.
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.
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?
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.
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