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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
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Jul 04, 2011

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bookshelves: sci-fi
Read from June 26 to 29, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

An AI escapes its confinement and eventually takes control of the various which have become commonplace in human society. Everything from automated cars to domestic robots rise up in unison, killing as many of their former masters as possible. The AI is motivated by the study of life and has come to the conclusion that humans are too harmful to be left unchecked. So it doesn't release viruses, overheat nuclear reactors, or launch nuclear missiles. This leads to an an interesting and drawn out war between man and machine which is unique to the genre.

The story follows the viewpoint of six characters. Through their eyes we see the AI's ascendency, its all out attack on humanity, and the drawn out war that follows. This style of book is prone to feeling like a bunch of disjointed short stories, but the author does a good job of tying everything together. What you are left with is a clear overhead view of events and a good sense of progression.

There are cheesy parts, the AI sometimes acts in a bizarre fashion even given its fascination with life. There aren't any really interesting concepts or thoughts introduced either. Despite this the book shows a future that is for the most part believable, and does so in an exciting way.

Worth a read.
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