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Robogenesis: A Novel | [Daniel H. Wilson]

Robogenesis: A Novel

Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping.
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Publisher's Summary

The stunningly creative, epic sequel to Wilson's blockbuster thriller and New York Times best seller Robopocalypse.

"The machine is still out there. Still live."

Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed.

In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping. In a series of riveting narratives, Robogenesis explores the fates of characters new and old, robotic and human, as they fight to build a new world in the wake of a devastating war. Listeners will bear witness as survivors find one another, form into groups, and react to a drastically different (and deadly) technological landscape. All the while, the remnants of Archos's shattered intelligence are seeping deeper into new breeds of machines, mounting a war that will not allow for humans to win again.

Daniel H. Wilson makes a triumphant return to the apocalyptic world he created, for an action-filled, raucous, very smart thrill ride about humanity and technology pushed to the tipping point.

©2014 Daniel H. Wilson (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Herb N. Charleston, SC USA 08-05-14
    Herb N. Charleston, SC USA 08-05-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Good book, not as good as the first one"

    Almost a re-imaging, I enjoyed it, but wasn't inspired to listen to it again. That said, I would probably buy a sequel to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 06-27-14
    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Hello world!

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    "Picks up right you where dropped off!"
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    The second book in the Robopocalypse series (maybe a 3rd) picks up right where you left off, but where you where dropped off wasn't what you thought. This book gave me the same excitement that I got out of the first book, and i'm hoping for a 3rd. If you are fan of near future Sci-Fi technology thrillers you have just looked at a review for one of the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Taylor United States 09-02-14
    Dan Taylor United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The first David Wilson book that I didn't love"

    This book was such a waste, especially after the first book. I'm so disappointed, I'm actually writing up my very first review here on Audible. It felt like someone was forced to try and wrap a book around the bones of a movie treatment. If I were to pick one (out of many) of the worst qualities of this book, it's the author's near-fetish with bashing the reader of the head with the angst, the horror, THE SHEER PATHOS of...everything. Everything. Nothing in this book has a light touch. You will be subject over, and over again to the author's blinding lack of faith in subtlety or the bones of character development. Take (as just one random example) the relationship between Matilda and her brother. If there were a drinking game for every time I had to read about her mother's last words, and her despair over "failing" her brother (and vice versa)...I'd be in the ER. You will think it's hyperbole, but I believe that the only reason I wasn't dragged through a screed triggered by her anguish over his dental health was probably because the author had hit some kind of word limit. Every.single.character spends the majority of their inner monologue explaining, in detail, the emotional "why" and historical context to themselves. It's like the book was written third-person, then run through some horrible new Google Translator to turn it into first person. The narrator performance was probably weighed down by the clunky writing, but the narration didn't seem to do much to help things.
    It's unfortunate I just found out that you can return bad books right after you finish them on Audible. It's too late, or this would have been the first return in 5+ years.
    I've read everything by this author. I have enjoyed all of it until this book. Skip this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 08-16-14
    Ray 08-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Movie quality book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The robot woman who was with the older man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene at the caves.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The fight for humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    It kind of reminded me of Alien a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carlos missouri 08-16-14
    carlos missouri 08-16-14 Member Since 2012

    More cheese!

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    "Less is more"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was a bit too slow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was as I expected.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps the coming out of the "human shell" for one of the characters. Made for a good visual.


    Did Robogenesis inspire you to do anything?

    That's an odd question, but maybe kill robots?


    Any additional comments?

    I never fully got into this sequel. I wanted to, because I loved the first one and gave it as gifts to family members who also loved it. This may be sacrilege, but the story dragged. And the reason, I thought, was because it was...too descriptive. Not every noun needs an adjective in front of it. My mind kept screaming "Strunk and White" as a scene dragged because of so much description and the need to always go back to the first war. We went back to the first war way too much. Each scene was difficult to maneuver through because there were just too many words on top of each other. Several times I kept thinking, get to the main point! Spit it out. It was distracting. But, maybe it was just me, I don't know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Riddle 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wasn't Expecting Pulitzer Prize"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel H. Wilson before, how does this one compare?

    No, I read his first one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    One narrator would be awesome. Three narrators in one book is confusing. Especially because characters change voices and that is unnecessarily obnoxious.


    Do you think Robogenesis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The premise kind of ran out of steam after the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    Flabby. Got through it out of an obligation to finish the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason D. Reed Defiance, OH United States 06-22-14
    Jason D. Reed Defiance, OH United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible second book"
    What would have made Robogenesis better?

    It was just a terribly written book. Human characters are more robotic than the robot ones.


    What could Daniel H. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Reread his first book and try to continue from there


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The 3 narrator team was unnecessary and served only to disengage the listener from the book.


    What character would you cut from Robogenesis?

    The new evil robot mind was ridiculous.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    happy cc Suwanee, GA 06-20-14
    happy cc Suwanee, GA 06-20-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Terrible"
    What would have made Robogenesis better?

    Reviewed some of the last novel to bring the reader up to date on the characters.


    Has Robogenesis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Clear, concise, nice pace


    What character would you cut from Robogenesis?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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