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Machine Wars

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The Bourne Identity meets The Terminator in a fast-paced technothriller from the author of the Laws of Magic series

Unknown to the world, a superintelligence has emerged—and it wants to eliminate Bram Argent. The paranoid superintelligence can control any machine connected to the net, and it uses these machines as unstoppable agents to achieve its ends. Controlling the enti
Paperback, 282 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Penguin Random House Australia (first published April 1st 2014)
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2.5 stars - Review copy provided by Random House Australia for an honest review.

Machine Wars was an interesting and quick read that, while entertaining, was somewhat disappointing. I think I set the bar a little too high for this, seeing that I have loved Michael Pryor's other series, The Laws of Magic which would, in fact, have to be one of my all-time elite favourite series. The characters are lovable, hilariously witty and mysteriously charming; the plotline is always baffling in the best sor
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Machine Wars is book written by Michael Pryor in 2014, which is about a boy called Bram who tries to save the world with his best friend (Stella), his mum and dad, and a stuffed duck plush with an A.I. in it called Bob. When you pick up the book, the cover looks a bit dull - it was grey with what looked like a washing machine knob pointing to a kill button. However, if you’re looking for a book that inspires you to never give up and never stop trying to achieve your goals, this is the book for y ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Machine Wars is about Bram Argent, who, with Bob (an AI chip put into Bram’s favorite childhood toy duck, created by his mother) and best friend Stella, must help save the world from a robot named Ahriman. To their detriment, almost every machine connected to the internet is a minion of Ahriman’s. They must keep Ahriman distracted for 3 weeks in order for Bram’s mother, who is an incredibly intelligent computer scientist, to figure out a way to stop him from taking over the world. They distract ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Machine Wars: Book review
Machine Wars, in a science-fiction adventure book written by Michael Pryor, in 2014.It is set sometime in the future of the 21st century. The story is about Bram, Stella and Bob trying to survive for 3 weeks without getting captured by Ahriman. In those 3 weeks Bram’s mum, Anita, tries to think of a strategy to destroy Ahriman. This book is very boring in some parts but on the whole it is not a waste of time to read, because parts of the book were quite exciti
Rhondda Powling
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Stories about future societies, especially dystopian ones, are high on our "most popular books" lists. Most are about surviving in this new somewhat alien worlds, Hunger Games and Maze Runner, and many are read across most year levels.
Michael Pryor's book is set at the beginning, when the hero might just have a chance to stop things before society is forced to change and is enjoyed mostly by our younger students 11-13 year olds.

What if all the machines in your world were taken over by an artifi
Jason Yang
Aug 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Machine Wars is a fiction of adventure for teenager, which was written by Michael Pryor in 2014. The story happens in a era of high technology, and is quite similar with “The Terminator”. Bram, the main character, was being hunted by an A.I., also known as Ahriman. It was only a matter of time until ‘one’ escaped. Bram just wasn’t expecting it to be today. In the sky, A.I’s drones are hunting him. But Bram has a plan. First, he needed to scatter and hide, then with friend and wise, cracking all ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author of Machine Wars, Michael Pryor writes about a 14-year-old boy name Bram Argent, Bram’s friend Stella and an A.I. robot Bob, who is running away from killer Robots. To spot a genre of Machine Wars, the easiest to spot are Sci-Fi and Adventure. Personally Machine Wars is very different from most book. The setting of the story jumps to different place, but the main focus of the area is the city.
A plot of the story is something that is Accenture to a good story, and that is what we will
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Book Review: Machine Wars-Michel Pryor
Machine Wars, written by Michel Pryor in 2014, is set in the near future. The story is about a 14-year-old boy name Bram; he has to survive for three weeks from an AI that his mother that made by mistake. The theme of the book is that the misuse of power and survival. The scatter and hide rule he does that a lot in that book. “Step one, clear out as fast as you can with nothing electronic on you, step two, get to the runaway stash from the secret cache, ste
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Machine wars, written in 2014 by Michael Pryor is probably the most recent of the long line of the “AI-world-domination” books. However, what sets this novel apart from most of the others in its genre, was its setting in the precursor to society’s downfall. This book follows two ordinary children and their AI friend who is stuffed inside a plush duck. Together they struggle to prevent humanity’s imminent future: dystopia and autocracy.
The book takes place in the near future, judging by the futu
The book is about robots taking over the world and two 14-year-old kids called Bram and Stella. They are trying to save everyone from a really smart computer program called Ahriman. To help them beat Ahriman they have a bit of help from a stuffed duck with a computer in him called Bob.

My favorite character was bob the duck because he was usually funny and pretty exciting. One of the characters I didn’t like was Bram’s dad. I didn’t really like him because he didn’t add much to the story and he
Melody Violine
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought (or I wished) the story was set in the far future. It's actually in the near future (or is it even in the present time?). Laws of Magic is one of my favorite fantasy series, so I started reading Machine Wars excitedly. The first chapter is promising. I like it how Bram gets into trouble directly. The machine appears right on page 2. And I enjoyed how Bram's background (a very cool mother, he has!) is revealed bit by bit in the first chapters. Stella, his friend who's dragged in the adv ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The storyline is mainly about fighting the robots. There is a lot of action like right at the start. Bram and Stella try to survive for weeks until Bram’s mum comes back so she can help them fight the robots. There is a lot of stuff about robots. I thought it was a bit draggy in one of the bits in the middle. I kind of thought that this book was set in the future, not the present time. I loved how it puts you in the action right at the start. (page 2) There should be a continuation for this book ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I sort of enjoyed this book. I might have been a bit old for this book; it is more targeted at 13-14 year olds. The element of robots reminded me of the laws of magic series, which I really enjoyed; however, this book didn't grab my attention that much. Sometimes it was a bit disorderly and a bit over the place. Some parts confused me a bit.
Overall, Michael Pryor is a great author even if I didn't really enjoy this book.
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Michael Pryor's bio

I was born in Swan Hill, Victoria. I spent my childhood in country Victoria and Melbourne before moving to Geelong at the age of 10. I lived in Geelong until I went to university in Melbourne after secondary school.

I currently live in Melbourne with my wife Wendy and my two daughters Celeste and Ruby. I’ve worked as a drainer’s labourer, a truck driver, a bathroom accessories s
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