Told in a report format, the reader learns the history of the "New War" - the robot uprising against humanity - through the stories of the ones fighting in various locations - primarily the US, but also the UK, Japan, and Afghanistan. The annotator and storyteller is Cormac, who starts in Boston, and with a ragtag group of survivors makes his way to an Oklahoma reservation where the resistance movement is mounting.
The format is both a blessing and a curse - the reader can jump around and peek in on all of these situations, but not really learn anything about the characters. It depends on what kind of reader you are and what you look for in a book. While I usually prefer some more character development, I liked this one. In fact, I would have liked to see more cases of the uprising in the non-western world... My only real complaint is that the book ended too fast. Just wrapped right up in a few pages. Just felt a bit anti-climatic. I hope this does not mean that there is a sequel in the works. I would prefer this to be stand-alone.
There is no denying that it is a thrilling page-turner and will keep you up late into the night.
...and it all seems so plausible...
This idea of a robot uprising has been explored for decades in literature, and more recently in movies and TV (I am a big Battlerstar Galactica fan...) but this book offers a slightly different perspective. And since the word on the street is that Steven Spielberg bought the rights to this book, another robot movie will be happening soon.
If you are a sci-fi fan, you will eat this one up like candy. I did.