Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse is a sci-fi novel I received from the Amazon Vine Program, at no cost to me, and in return I'm providing my unbiased review.

This is a man vs machine apocalyptic story, a genre I love. It was an easy, entertaining read, but I only gave it three stars because the plot is familiar (when is Plague Zone coming out in film?) and predictable. I like edge of the seat suspense, and right off the bat we're told that humanity wins the war so that removed all the tension for me.

In my opinion the book reads as if it was written to be a movie and indeed it is already slated to be filmed. Normally I think the book is always better than the movie but in this case I'm betting the Steven Spielberg adaptation will be a great movie and a big hit.

If you love Terminator than give this one a read. You'll be entertained for sure.

This is the Product Description from Amazon:

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.

Product Details
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0385533850

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