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Robopocalypse: A Novel | [Daniel H. Wilson]

Robopocalypse: A Novel

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, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    F. B. Herron 06-20-11
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    "Robotic.."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 06-17-11
    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 06-17-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Good but not great"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    alex 06-15-11
    alex 06-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "good start, development, and story"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 06-20-11
    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Tiresome"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roman A. Kobzarev Lisle, IL USA 04-04-13
    Roman A. Kobzarev Lisle, IL USA 04-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Waste of time..."

    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.

    Story:
    Shallow. Old. Literary awful. Take "Terminator" and dumb it down. You get this.

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    Makes it worth.


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    Connor 01-03-12
    Connor 01-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "HAL 9000"

    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.

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    Eric 10-28-11
    Eric 10-28-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator's voice makes you want to commit suicide!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JORGENSEN 09-19-11
    JORGENSEN 09-19-11 Member Since 2011

    I love listening to a good book read by a great narrator while driving or doing mundane tasks like housekeeping. Characters come alive!

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    "Didn't even finish listening to it"

    Okay, so the story held me for a while, because it's a great story. But because about halfway through the book I realized that the events in the first chapter occurred at the end of the book (or at least close to the end), I lost interest shortly thereafter, and abandoned it. I thought I was sure I knew how it ended, and the story no longer held my interest. I even realized that, perhaps, I didn't know how (when) it ended, and it could have been a big "surprise" ending past that part we'd heard about in the first chapter. But it wasn't worth my (very cherished driving time) any more, I wanted to move on to something new! And I would have liked to give the narration a score of 2-1/2, as it was neither good nor bad, but that choice wasn't available.

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    Shaw san pedro, CA, United States 07-29-11
    Shaw san pedro, CA, United States 07-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Like Irobot and Matrix"

    If you like The Matrix and Irobot this is in the same league. Loved it but I think the ending could use a bit more improvement.

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    Scott Story City, IA, United States 07-17-11
    Scott Story City, IA, United States 07-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "In serious need of an editor"

    It's not that the book itself is overly wordy, but that the story has too many "chance" occurrences that it destroys the suspension of disbelief. The individual vignettes range from good to excellent, but the insertion of the narrator into the compilation is ham-handed and distracting. This may be intentional - first-time or amateur historians ofter make this mistake, but an editor would have hopefully hammered this narrative into something recognizable without being distracting. There are going to be inevitable comparisons to World War Z because of the similar narrative structure, and how well Z did it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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