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)
A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.
This book had such potential, but it came across too boring to complete. No characters were sufficiently interesting (aside from the child voice) and in their absence the action just wasn't compelling enough to keep me reading.
I Don't have time for a long review. Basically this is a somewhat overdone genre but there are enough original ideas and interesting characters to make this book really work. It's not without flaws but definately enjoyable. Narration was excellent - and I'm picky.
Overall, I was sad when this story was over and think if you like sci-fi and clever characters, you probably will too.
This book didn't deliver on what I expected and felt was promised. It just didn't have the momentum nor did it really go in the direction I'd hoped. Plus, the grotesque depictions of violence and the extreme prevalent language were way too much for me. I grew really tired of all the f-bombs being dropped by virtually every character in the book. And seriously, I don't enjoy reading (or listening in this case) to horrific depictions of violence against children. This book could have been better, to say the least.
If that isn't enough of a review for you, then read on:
It's hard to depict an entire war in just one volume. As a result, the author writes the book almost as a documentary. We know the humans win at the beginning of the story (which ruins the suspense) and then see things through a variety of characters' eyes. This format could have worked, had not so much time been spent on the buildup to the fighting, and on trivial things. The actual war takes place in the last half or less.
I listened to virtually the whole book at 2x speed and still caught everything without a problem.
Ultimately the author needs to learn that sometimes less is more, in other words take us through just a few characters, let the threats be more implied than described in meticulous detail, and just focus on writing a tighter story. He is a good writer, but these flaws listed above keep me from recommending this book to others.
I was never able to get fully engaged with the characters in the book. The author jumps between story lines so frequently that none of the main characters ever felt fully developed.
My $0.02 (since you've already read the reviews and kind of know what its about):
1, if you want to get through this book, you have to listen at least to 1/2 of it, only then do you start to understand that the stories are related. If you're ok with that, read it.
2, it is an ok book, not good and definitely not great. Buy it only if you want something to read in this topic, and can't find anything else.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Nothing wrong with the reader - it's the material.
Nothing memorable because nothing was written that enhanced the premise. It's a good subject very poorly executed and quite disappointing because I like apocalyptic science fiction.
If you are a fan of the genre do yourself a favor and skip this one.
I couldn't seem to dedicate myself well to a full review of this audio book. Not to say anything was wrong with this book, it was just a hard one to review. One of those middle ground books, there was nothing that stands out EPIC about it, but there was nothing in general wrong with it. The book took a historical narrative in regards to it's plot. The book opens with end of the robot wars and the “main character” finding a robot that had monitored the entire war. He then transcribes the video and audio recordings from a historical perspective. First thing wrong with the book was that it opened with the end of the war and the fact that humans had triumphed. There went any anxiety I might have had about the outcome of the book. Then with the historical narrative that they book encompassed it dropped any character attachment that could have been formed. There was plenty of plot, there were plenty of characters to become attached to...but the “All Seeing Eye” of the narration didn't allow this. Overall this was just a book that had an unoriginal idea, robots taking over the world when AI is invented, that was paired with a non-compelling literary device. If it wouldn't have been an audio book I would have stopped reading. But the narration by Mike Chamberlain was well done and it kept me listening.
I have dozens of books in my audible account and this my new favorite. I enjoyed this book every bit as much as On The Beach and the many Asimov stories I read in my younger days. I selected this novel more for its content, as the author had a previous non-fiction work covering basically the same subject, but I was pleasantly surprised with how this author did on his first try at a novel. The author creates a much more plausible scenario for a robot uprising than the Terminator franchise. I also found the brotherhood themes interesting since I never had one. I highly recommend this book, not only to sci-fi buffs but anyone who is fascinated with the trajectory of the digital age.
I will recommend, if you haven't picked them up already, "Daemon" and "Freedom" by Daniel Suarez and "The Crossing" from Justin Cronin: these books treat an "apocalyptic vision" expertly and in a riveting fashion. So, if you really want to enjoy some good escapism, try those books. Robopocalypse, sadly, isn't doing it for me. it's a mix between a writer who could be a lot more economical with his words and precise in his descriptions and a narrator who doesn't sound that polished. The combination is hard to listen to and endure, which is a bummer because I like these kinds of escapist books, especially in the summer. Another good series to look at: "The Strain" trilogy.
I was hooked by Comac Wallace and his narrative excerpts of accounts on humanities struggle with Rob, as the machines are called in the robot war depicted in this book. Then I heard that it would become a movie by Spielberg and Dreamworks and knew I had a hit book in my hands. Just an hour into this excellent listen and the narrative of the "Big Happy" loosing his mind and attacking an average ice cream and yogurt jerk made me me cringe and laugh. I immediately starting telling my friends about this book. It is an excellent read. Daniel Wilsons intimate knowledge of robotics (He has a PhD in Robotics) gives a first rate sci fi adventure full of all the cool stuff we sci fi heads are looking for. Savor the book, dont waste a chapter and get it now you wont be dissapointed.
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