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 contro
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You see, I went into reading this novel thinking that a story about robots breaking free and taking over the world and humans fighting back would be something more intellectually challenging and complex than this. I guess Philip K. Dick, Ted Chiang and Bernard Beckett with th...more
There is a New War igniting by the very machines that were serving humans 'Robots.' Is there any hope for the human race and what weapon could match the ability of the artificial intelligence?
We had zombies with World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and vampires with The Strain nows the time for something new and fresh setting a new trend, evil robots. A writer who has a Ph.D in Robotics has created a gauntlet race of time to...more
To summarize, I read an advanced reader copy of this since Steven Spielberg has his eye on making this into a movie. The movie might be interesting if they can add to or redo the story in the novel.
This book does nothing new for someone who is already familiar with robots becoming sentient and running amok (and that includes anyone who has seen The Terminator movies, the (newer) Battlestar Galactica series, the I, Rob...more
Robopocalypse is often compared to Max Brooks' World War Z and the Terminator movie franchise for different reasons. The former comparison is because the story concerns a global attack on the human race by non-human creatures and is episodic structure. The difference is that the enemy of mankind in Robopocalypse is not a horde of homicidal robots but a single AI entity controlling masses of mindless u...more
To summarize, I wish I had never read this book. I will forever regret the time I wasted reading it, and the money I spent purchasing it. It’s lazy, predictable, consists of recycled plot elements, hollow characters, and overall poorly written prose. The end result is an overflowing toilet of throbbing, fetid, sci-fi detritus. The entire book serves essentially as a news report by Cormac Wallace, who preambles and post-scripts each chapter with plot exposition like some tabloid show reporter bec...more
The robots here think the three laws of robotics my plastic ass as they or their robotic controlled kin turn into homicidal maniacs and merrily wreak havoc among humans.
I rarely lambaste a book over a concept but when you write about one that is older than dirt you had better approach it from a totally unique viewpoint or it should contain prose that would have made Mr. Shakespeare jealous. This read like a mo...more
- The Outer Limits ’s episode “The Human Operators”
Finally...here is my review of the Robopocalypse A novel wrote by Daniel Wilson.
It was the year 1994 when my obsession with machine apocalypse or post-apocalypse stories (in video games, anime, books, comics, movies, etc…) started after I saw in that time a one page announcement of the new recent game called Megaman X...more
Post-Novel + 39 Minutes
This account was transcribed by a certain book reviewer a few days after the books began their campaign against humanity. The reviewer was clearly suffering from post-literary confusion, but little did he know the impact he would come to have on the future of mankind.
I know I will not survive this review.
I feel my teeth chattering as the Hardies throw themselves against my oak front door. I can hear their glue rei...more
Well to finally start this book. I have read the dust cover and it rings eerily to a comment at my Trauma Core Course lectures. There different disast...more
In the future, robots have become part of our daily lives. They do jobs that make our lives easier and they live life with us. When Archos- the robot mastermind- rises up and starts to take over the world he starts the New War. The human race has never been more united and it will never be the same again.
What We Think
Reviewed by Shore Whisperer
I finally read this book. For the past year I have been stuck on cheesy romance novels, eventually that was going to have to change. This book was...more
Somewhere along the way, somewhat surprisingly, I became invested in this story and it's many occupants, human and well, not. Suddenly the outcome of this war mattered, the story mattered, it mattered a lot.
It's somewhat eerie, I think, that the storyteller holds a PHD in robotics....more
Every now and then I discover a new author, and I get really excited. This happened with Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series and now with Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse. I’m not quite sure what I expected. Maybe just run of the mill postapocalyptic dystopian fare, with robots run amok? Well, in Robopocalypse, robots certainly do run amok, but run-of-the-mill it is not. Told in snippets of gathered intelligence by Cormac...more
What was really great is that not only do we see the war through the human's perspective, but also through the machines'.
The book is set up much like World War Z as in it has a common narrator who shares this story of war with you from recollections, footage, and data from other characters in the book.
Throughout this book, you are introduced to characters diverse and emotionally engaging with a common goal: Survival. People live and die fighting for that which we take most for granted... Our humanity.
I found that, unlike World War Z, I was captivated instantly. Being quite a fast reade...more
For the most powerful aspect of this book is the central idea of the book. Yes I know the whole robot invasion idea has been done before but I believe you'll find upon examining...more
The format is both a blessing and a curse - the reader can jump around and peek i...more
This is a story about what happened when the all the machines of man became “aware” and fell under the control of a master AI that called itself the Archon. The story follows several different people that the machines followed throughout the war and stored their exploits in an archive that was labeled “Heroes”. This archive spans the length of the conflict from the first few incidents to the rise of the robots to the final battle in Alaska. Some of the people followed are everyday people t...more
Enjoyable, quick read. I love a good robot uprising and this book delivered. I loved the concept of a sentient robot and that it didn't necessarily want to destroy humanity by any means necessary but rather wanted to preserve and understand nature while getting rid of the human infestation. Loved the diversity of the human characters and the diversity of methods the robots used to exterminate.
What keeps it from a five star rating is...more
This looks seriously cool! :)
Found out about it on io9.com -
"Wilson, the roboticist who won our hearts with nonfiction classic How To Survive A Robot Uprising, brings us his first adult novel. And it's a hardcore, realistic look at what will happen when our robots decide to kill us all. If you like hard science fiction packed with characters you care about, this novel should be the adventure you pack in your bag before you head off for summer vacation."
Finally read this....more
The story is told of the robot uprising that was stopped by less than 12 people, mostly Americans, and the author doesn't even do a good job of creating different voices for the characters. It tries to tell the story after the fact, which takes away the tension. The characters are thin, and it's hard to muster any empathy for them o...more
(And besides, this whole thing could have been totally avoided if everyone had just bought robot insurance. Come on, people.)
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