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Rob_Ballister More than 1 year ago
Daniel Wilson's ROBOPOCALYPSE is an action packed, vividly written thriller about robots turning on their human masters in the not-too-distant future. In that future, just about every car, aircraft, or mechanical toy has a computer chip in it. Robots are used as domestic servants, medical assistants, even sexual companions. In several isolated incidents, seemingly unrelated, the mechanical devices begin to turn on their human masters. Toys taunt a young girl. A military robot kills friendly soldiers and the innocent civilians it was programmed to protect. Two aircraft are bent on a collision course, no matter how hard the pilots try to avoid each other. Then, Zero Hour, and all hell breaks loose. Every machine turns on its human master, and the carnage is unbelievable. Mankind is on the run, and will have to fight back from the brink of extinction or be...deleted. The story moves fast, with poignant images and likable characters. It is well organized and for the most part easy to follow. The technical descriptions are believable and understandable, without too much engineering jargon. There is some profanity, so I would rate this a PG-13. But it is definitely well-written, entertaining, and just a bit scary. If you like sci-fi, you will like this. If you enjoyed the Terminator movies, but found yourself wishing you got more of the "back story", you will love this.
terilhack More than 1 year ago
I got my hands on an amazing advance copy of this book, and I totally rethink the idea of my toaster! There is a future where the robots that we so rely on have turned against us and it is a struggle. Scientists have spend billions and years on connecting with an intelligence that far surpasses ours in the understanding of the universe and it was far to powerful to contain and now it has transferred to all the robotics that fill our needs in the world. The thing that I really appreciated in this novel is that it is beautiful. The concept and world building/destroying are so well written I had a great time reading and discussing the ideas in the book with my house. One of the interesting aspects of the book is that is it written from one person basically writing about the events that were recorded on a cube from the AI and the beginning of the war to the end. Captured images from cameras or recording devices, or the machines themselves tell of the human condition and struggle to survive and overcome the odds. So in the book we get snippets of what is going on from so many sources that by the end of the book have all tied into these characters and their impact on the end of the machine. Robopocalypse is very hard to say as a title, but the book is amazing. You will never want an in home machine again after this.
Camille888 More than 1 year ago
I managed to get my hands on an advanced reading copy of Robopocalypse. Wilson tells the story of how humanity manages to survive in a world in which robots have united against us. I was not expecting to like the book as much as I did, since technology topics are not usually that interesting to me. But Wilson had me on the edge of my seat and staying up late to finish this story. The characters start out in disparate places and circumstances, but ultimately their courage and persistence brings them together. Their stories are inspiring and very, very human.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I liked the way it told the stories of different characters that were seemingly unrelated. But then all of their stories meshed beautifully. I loved the growing horror of realizing how the robots were already taking over, and how far their reach was. Very sinister. I enjoyed every page of this story. The only unnecessary element to me at least was the romance bit at the end. I guess I see the meaning in it -- they're alive, they're gonna start a new life together -- but meh, I didn't read this for romance, you know? Good thing it was only a little bit. Very good book! If you like robots, action, gore, and a dash of horror, go ahead and click that buy button.
DCReed More than 1 year ago
While Mr.Wilson brings up some interesting ideas and writes well, the manner in this is written seems to be designed to remove any sort of suspense about the outcome of the story. I believe one could read the first chapter, "Briefing," and the give-away quote at the top of each subsequent chapter and get the general gist of the book...and you could do that standing in your local bookstore in 15 minutes. Whether Mr.Wilson or an editor raised on "tune in next week" television is to blame for this format I don't know, but it makes the reading a slog as just when suspense builds you realize, "Oh, I already know how this is going to turn out." Frankly, I wish I could get those hours back.
Altwolf More than 1 year ago
The blurbs I had read made this book seem like a slightly-updated version of "Maximum Overdrive" or the movie "Gremlins", with robots instead of monsters. It actually owes far more to Phillip K. Dick than the above sources, which is a good thing, in my view. With above-average writing (for the genre), good pacing, intriguing situations, and some genuinely creepy thrills, I heartily recommend it.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
With a salute to West World, The Forbin Project, and a touch of 2001: A Space Odyssey with HAL 9000, get ready for the next story in the battle of man versus machine. In "Robopacalypse," it's technology gone haywire as, once again, mankind rues the day for overstepping the limits of artificial intelligence. In tomorrow's world, more of society is computerized. From robot domestic servants to humanoid peacekeeping soldiers, mechanical, computer controlled weaponry, and vehicles capable of networking to avoid accidents. However, in an underground laboratory, a scientist has created Archos, computer life, that learns. Archos soon has access to the world and initiates a war with humanity. Starting with small incidents seen as glitches, mankind soon finds itself fighting for survival as Archos takes control of modern technology. Smart cars and computerized tanks are only the beginning as Archos designs hordes of robotic soldiers and human mutations to ensure control of the world. Near the end of the war, Cormac Wallace-photographer turned soldier-and his team find a strange cube hidden underground in Alaska. The cube is an archive of the beginnings of Archos and the entire subsequent world war. Chronicling the adventures of many of the war's heroes, Cormac creates a document for humanity's future survivors. If you're a fan of the three movies listed above, you will thoroughly enjoy "Robopocalypse." This book presents a nice progression of events and the varying reactions from unique characters, from the London computer prankster to the Osage Indian policeman. Wilson has created a world not too far off from today's life. Who knows, is Archos being "borne" somewhere, right now? The next time your computer acts up. Watch out. Reviewed by Stephen L. Bayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine
Erin_N More than 1 year ago
"You humans are biological machines designed to create ever more intelligent tools. You have reached the pinnacle of your species.where you have fulfilled the destiny of humankind and created your successor. You have expired."-Archos At the end of the "New War," Cormac Wallace of the Gray Horse Army unearths something inexplicable: a black box much like those on airplanes buried in the ground by the artificial intelligence that was the backbone of the robotic uprising around the globe. In this black box, Archos the 14th, captured moments leading up to "Zero Hour" and beyond; honoring the human race it sought to destroy by studying the initial responses when machine turned on man and chronicling humanity's attempts to wipe out the robot army bent on extermination. Wallace calls it the Hero Archive. He painstakingly translates the data in the box into a chronicle so that everyone "will know that humanity carried the flame of knowledge into the terrible blackness of the unknown, to the very bring k of annihilation.and we carried it back." Daniel H. Wilson creates a chilling futuristic novel with Robopocalypse. In the near future, society has built a race of machines, robots, to function as servants and tools in just about every aspect of the modern human world. Some are utensils designed to operate without supervision. Some are very human looking, designed to function as maids and aides for families. Some are just children's toys. But one thing they all have in common is their ability to tie into a data network, one that is compromised and taken over by a malevolent artificial intelligence. This AI "sets the robots free" and arms them with tools and weapons for the sole purpose of wiping the human race out. What this AI does not understand is that humanity is not designed to surrender. Robopocalypse is a fantastic and bloodcurdling fiction of what could happen if humanity continues to play god with its creations.
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
Robopocalypse is written from many different points of view, presented as recordings of interviews, conversations and personal observations. Basically, a key computer becomes aware and acquires intelligence. As a result, anything that has a computer chip falls under its control, following its orders to kill humans or capture and place them in work camps. Finally, the remaining humans must figure out how to survive and possibly take back their world. ----- "We live on a placed island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age." -Howard Phillips Lovecract, 1926 ----- There are some extremely creepy and scary, yet poignant, quotes throughout this book. I was in heaven! I make these little magnetic book marks to mark quotes I want to write down and this book was filled with them. I absolutely enjoyed this book. ----- First there are stories of random occurrences of behavior uncharacteristic of robots. This was the scariest section, in my opinion. It made me take a closer look at my children's toys. I'm a little scared of my daughter's Fijit now. And I won't be getting a robot companion any time soon. I had to stop reading the book at night because I was getting a little too nervous to sleep. But it was great. There were all these weird incidents that, in retrospect, were clues as to what was to come: ----- Archos, the main computer, about humans: " are designed to want something that will hurt you. And you cannot help wanting it. You cannot stop wanting it. It is in your design. And when you finally find it, this thing will burn you up. This thing will destroy you." ----- Archos is talking about knowledge. This book gets deep. There are so many discussion points in it that are not dependent on a robopocalypse. The previous quote can be just as easily discussed as a philosophical issue. ----- The next section is Zero Hour, which is the moment Archos took control. This section was also scary. I might have to forego elevators forever and stick with stairs from now on. For the most part, Wilson sticks with the same points of view in each section. So I was happy with the character development. The reader gets to see how the characters react and adapt throughout the entire ordeal. Zero Hour was the big surprise for the human race and the individual reactions were interesting. The only one I didn't really get into was the whole Osage storyline. In this section, it was a bit boring. ----- The next three sections are survival, awakening and retaliation. Survival is self-explanatory. I won't go into detail about the last two because there is a surprise that turns out to be integral to how the story ends. I don't want to ruin that for you. For me, the most exciting and suspenseful sections were the first two. ----- Now I would like to address a couple of the criticisms Robopocalypse has received. ----- There have been many criticisms of Wilson's style, some going so far as to claim it is a rip off of Max Brook's World War Z. I am willing to guess that Max Brooks was not the first person to use this literary style and Wilson will not be the last. While Brooks applied the style to zombies, Wilson applies it to a robot apocalypse. Just because Brooks did it first does not mean it is any less effective when someone else does it later. ----- Other criticisms focus on the fact that robots gaining consciousness and taking over the world is not a new story. Neither is the love triangle; many authors recycle that story and are still quite successful. I am a huge Philip K. Dick fan. Dick was a master at the whole robot acquiring intelligence sub-genre, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate it when another author delves into the topic. I can read these freaky sci-fi stories over and over again, and the more authors writing about it just means I have that much more material to entertain me. ----- I thought this was a great book. It's an easy and interesting read. If you are a fan of Philip K. Dick and don't think that similar topics are rip offs of previous works, I think you will enjoy Robopocalypse. If you are the type of person who loves to debate underlying philosophical, ethical or moral issues of a story, Robopocalypse certainly delivers an abundance of material. I definitely recommend Robopocalypse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always wonder what our future holds for our children. I embrace change and new tech. I buy all the latest hardware and look forward to new advances. A book like this makes me wonder where we will end up and how we will survive if we have to fall back even just 100 years ago and live in that world, could the majority of us survive? I really enjoyed this read. Im already looking into the authors other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually drawn to sci-fi but I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Let us all pray it remains fiction and not a prediction of what our future holds!
Upbeat_Book_Fan More than 1 year ago
Once I started, I couldn't put it down. It was a tear wrencher in some parts and in others I couldn't stop laughing. The thought of the possibility of something like this happening never seemed so large. The idea has made me think about what the future could hold. Great story line and just enough detail. I would recomend to anyone into scifi or action. What a read!
Titanium13 More than 1 year ago
My feelings about this book were up and down. The beginning pretty much tells you how the robot wars ended. It took out some of the suspense for me. But as I read it, I found it a good read. The book basically gives you a docmentary on how it started, how the humans responded, etc. I liked the sci-fi element and the authors creations. I also enjoyed the characters, although they didn't progress as much as I had hoped. He described the surroundings well making you feel like you were there, but didn't drone on. Then came the ending. It was such a let down and too rushed. A lot of time was spent building up to this point, and then bam, it's over. Ending was weak in my opinion. I gave it 3 stars, but I wouldn't spend $12.99 on it. Not sure I'd read this author again.
HeresJay_Kesslinger More than 1 year ago
What an interesting read. A very different approach to story-telling and character development. It also reminds us why Asimov invented the Rules of Robotics. This story tells the tale of what might happen if we don't consider what the consequences of building thinking machines might be.
emmi331 More than 1 year ago
Although I had the sense that the target audience for this book was guys in their teens and twenties, I really enjoyed it even though I'm not in this demographic. The story is set in the near-future, when smart cars and domestic robots are common in nearly every household. When a computer mastermind takes them over, these friendly machines become lethal to humans. And the computers are soon redesigning themselves into highly efficient killing machines. This is one of those humanity-in-crisis novels that rarely fails to entertain, and the author keeps things lively with short chapters and a constantly shifting perspective. The story is packed with fingernail-biting suspense. The stout-hearted and courageous humans are awesome, but my favorite character is the valiant and always-calm "friendly" humanoid, Nine Oh Two. Steven Spielberg has optioned the rights for this story, and a film is set for 2013 - if it's as good as the book, it should be a blockbuster.
MeAndShe More than 1 year ago
I fought buying the book (it sounded a bit too much like Terminator) but after reading this book I will be recommending it to all my friends. I found the story line to be a bit tired (think Terminator, I Robot [the movie not the book]) and any other film/book where the machines rise up and decide that humanity either needs their help or needs to be eliminated, but the way Daniel Wilson tells the tale makes all (and I do mean ALL) the difference. From the first page I was captivated and found myself so totally absorbed that I was accused of being anti-social. Excellent presentation makes this book an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable read.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this wonderful book. The story will keep you entertained for hours and sure enough you will think twice now about buying anything with machines. I didn't mind to pay a little more to read it on my nook since it is better for the environment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every page, loved every chapter! I was dreaming about this book! To use the phrase "it was a page turner" does not do Robopocalypse justice. For sci-fi fans you will be enthralled, and for the average person who likes to pick up an occasional novel will instantly become a fan of sci-fi. This is the type of novel that should be used in class rooms, as well as for pure entertainment. D. Wilson has used an idea that is not new, but has put his own twist on it. Wow! Fantastic book!
PostGradReader More than 1 year ago
The cover drew me to read the jacket. The jacket had me intrigued being a total tech person who is using smart everything. The book though is told in short story style for each chapter. The character development is weak and slow. I agree with another reviewer, you could just read the recaps at each chapter or better yet, the first and last 50 pages and get the gist of the book. Too bad, really had potential to expose artificial intelligence and domination.
Femme-Amour More than 1 year ago
Everything you want in a post apocalyptic novel.The novel did remind me of Crash - all of these individuals and their stories merging into the larger plot. I definitely recommend!
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
The author of this novel - Daniel H. Wilson - has a Ph.D. in robotics, so when it comes to the world of robots, he knows what he is talking about. This knowledge seeps through in the book, giving us some unique insights to robotics and artificial intelligence. The story is set in the near future, where robots are a common part of everyday life - they provide service as domestics, nannies and body guards; artificial intelligences in automobiles help avoid collisions; toys; and robots are common in the military, as both humanoids used in peace-keeping and pacification of hostile populaces, and in various weapons to increase accuracy and deadliness. Because of the ubiquitous nature of robots, humanity didn't have a chance when, at a point in time known as Zero Hour, they all suddenly begin to attack humans - many billions are killed, some are kept alive and put into labor camps. But some remain free - and start to fight back. "Robopocalypse" is told in a series of vignettes, from various points of view (filtered through Cormack "Bright Boy" Wallace) starting well before Zero Hour and the liberation of Archos, the leader of the rebelling robots. This is an uncommon way of telling a story, but one which I really liked, and thought very appropriate to this story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a chilling suspense story, futuristic science fiction (or is it "fiction"?) and tales of the apocalyptic. Get this book and give it a read - and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! (Plus, look forward to the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, due out in 2013)
aimee1 More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. It's such a shame that some people slam an authors hard work because they want to whine and cry about the pricing of a NOOK. Giving an author one star because of pricing is completely selfish and unfair! Writing is hard work. Call the publisher and shut up! . This platform is provided for readers to critique the literary quality of the book, not pricing issues. And this book was top notch! Great Job Daniel Wilson! Keep 'em coming.
BookFairy51 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I consider it a page turner. I liked the writing style and format, although it could have used a little less colorful language at times, which was a little repetitious but that's just me. It was fast paced and kept me interested right till the end. Very imaginative as well. I see a movie on the horizon.
Country_Boy9 More than 1 year ago
Daniel Wilson has written an amazing book. As mentioned in the headline there are obvious comparisons to "I, Robot", which isn't a bad thing. This is a great Science Fiction book. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the approach that Wilson took when writing it. He wrote it similair to the style Max Brooks used in "World War Z" by telling the story post event. It just made for absolutely compelling reading. Wilson told his story through several different characters and continuously shifted the perspective of where the story was coming from while still advancing the story. This kept the story fresh thoughout and kept it moving at a very fast pace. The characters used were extremely real. It was hard not to feel for them and what they were going through. The fact that Wilson has a degree in robotics shows through in the book. He definitely seems to know his stuff and it shows in the detail he uses as far as the robots go. I guess the only thing that I wish could have been explored a tiny bit more was the ultimate conclusion as far as the characters went. He developed so many of them through the story that I was left wanting to know more about what their lives were like after everything was over. Granted that would have taken a lot more time and pages. That is a pretty small thing to complain about though give just how great the experience was getting through this book. If Wilson chooses to write another book I will certainly choose to read it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great concept. I like the story overall. I could see something like this happening in the future if humanity isn't careful. Only negative thing I could think of is too many characters. Sometimes the voices sounded the same. And how could a young girl give so many details in her chapters. But overall, good story.