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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  36,861 ratings  ·  4,255 reviews
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 control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities ...more
Audiobook, 347 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Doubleday
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Andrew Hamilton YES, this is one of my favourite books ever and the 2nd one is also as good. :D

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Rick Riordan
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Robopocalypse takes a common-enough idea: robots take over the world, and turns it into some new, fresh and exciting. Our narrator Cormac "Bright Boy" Wallace starts at the end of the war, when humanity has just barely managed to put down the evil AI (no spoilers; we know the outcome of the war from page one) and then backs up to tell us how it all happened, sharing personal recollections and recordings kept in a "black box" by Archos, the AI who started the war.

The format is a bit like World W
Jan 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Eve Davids
Shelves: dnf, sci-fi, why-the-hype
Robopocalypse is a poor book, but I am sure Spielberg will make a great movie out of it. I think I will even watch it when it comes out in 2013. Mindless entertainment in movies is fun, in books - not so much. For me anyway.

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
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.
Narrator, ID#4857382

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
Feb 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Let me just say, I welcome our robot overlords, whenever they may arrive. My allegiance is sincere, and not some recent conversion, either. No, I'm no fickle screaming ninny suddenly finding his faith as the monstrous steel hands close inexorably on my skull. Puh-leeeze! Not to toot my own horn, but even the most mindless of my previously-purchased automatons sits comfortably in my basement--that juicer we got for the wedding, some thirty or forty toy cars (batteries still inside), a collection ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty enthusiastic about this one. A lot has to happen to bring about the downfall of mankind and have all the people become transhuman experiments or to just become so much meat. Morever, it takes a lot of skill to make it mean something, and the author has an uphill battle.

Think War of the Worlds or any number of branching sequels by various authors and you'll know what I mean. It's hard to write a short novel and have this much scope, but Wilson manages to write some really memorable cha
John M.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wayne LaPierre, for target practice

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
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Robot uprising, killing people all over the shop, with this kind of premise what could go wrong?

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
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, i-said
I started this story with a gentle yet persistent trepidation. It took me a while to adjust to robospeak and slowly, familiarize myself with (on a very shallow level, toes dipped so to speak) the technical terminology.

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.
Will Oprisko
Aug 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Stylistically, this book tries to blend the journalistic feel of "World War Z" with a traditional science fiction narrative, but fails to accomplish either one. Unfortunately, the result is an unbalanced story that focuses on describing what happened without developing how it happened and why. Unlike "World War Z", the author does not create a series of believable characters that share their experience of the war and shine light on how the robot-apocalypse uniquely affected humanity across the g ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Noran Miss Pumkin
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, sci-fi, first-reads
I was surprised to receive this book in the mail, since it is not my usual read-"whatever that is noran" you may say. Sci fi not my cup of tea. Well, I discovered to my delight, I WON a GR book give away--over 1,250 signed up for the 25 books. Gee, I guess I will not be winning the multi-state power ball lotto, since I used up my luck for the year.

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
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a closed friend who is also a GR member.
I confess that I do not recall hearing about this book until now.
As I rarely read science fiction, I had no expectations.
This book was released in 2011 and even before its publication the rights to a movie production was obtained/sold. Spielberg was planning on adapting it for the big screen and that plan was canned, mostly because Spielberg was not happy with the script, but it seems that they are now going ahead w
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 stars. I *quite* enjoyed this. Of course, Asimov did it first! As I was reading this I recognised some similarities with World War Z and on reading some reviews, realised this was not exactly an original thought as many other reviewers did too! Most reviewers however, preferred World War Z, but I didn’t . I thought Robopocalypse was better. I’m always going to prefer character-led fiction though.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Simply awesome book.

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
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This novel was as much fun as I've had holding something in both hands while reclined in a long while. If you like Spielberg's more science fiction oriented movies, you're going to love this one. ...more
Rosemary May
Aug 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
clichepocalypse!!!! Maybe a robot wrote this book

I feel embarrassed to have been sucked into this hype machine and wish I had read something else. Oh well. Consider yourselves warned. There were a couple of chapters in this book that will probably make for good intense movie scenes, but, otherwise this reads like something a 12 year-old whose seen all the Terminator movies would write. I felt like the author was describing the movie he wanted this turn into, rather than writing a fully fleshed o
Rick Mason
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I loved this book. If you were a fan of World War Z, you will love this. It's similar to that of WWZ in that the writer is documenting the events leading up to the Robo-uprising and connecting seemingly random characters and events together.

What was really great is that not only do we see the war through the human's perspective, but also through the machines'.
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Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and screaming.

-Dr. Ian Malcolm from The Lost World: Jurassic Park novel and movie.

Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, arcs
Original review lost, apparently computer sentience already working against me.

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
Rodrigo Castillo
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i like it this book a lot!!!
i hope the movie will be good as the novel is, since movies sometimes damage their books.
i just started to recommend this book to friends, my wife, sons and others family members.
is well written and the robots details are interesting too, and that super computer program Archos is really scary.

i also hope they make a trivia quiz of this book in this place too, i would gladly participate in it.

the best robot novel i ever read!!!! it deserve more than just 5 stars!!!!
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, for-review, scifi
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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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Following the example of Max Brook's "World War Z," Daniel H. Wilson's "Robopocalypse" documents the history of our robotic overlords uprising and seeking to exterminate all of humanity. Told through the use of shifting first-hand accounts of the uprising, "Robopocalypse" gives us the beginning of the robotic uprising as well as how humanity copes and begins to fight back against our robotic overlords.

"Robopocalypse" is being touted as one of the must read books of the summer season. It's alrea
Will M.
I can finally say that I've read a robot themed novel. I've always wanted to, but I couldn't find any potential good ones before. I saw Robopocalypse lying around inside the bookstore and grabbed it instantly. My expectations were above the middle, but not that high.

Robopocalypse is a very different novel. It's not the normal story telling kind, but rather it's story telling but in multiple point of views. While some say uniqueness is very essential in a novel, for me it does not apply all the t
Joe Valdez
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Crash test dummies, electric toasters, Siri
If you've ever pondered whether technology would unite or divide us, or if artificial intelligence would assist or resist us, or dig stories of mankind going into the breach against overwhelming odds and revealing what makes humanity worth fighting for, then Robopocalpyse is not the book for you.

As has been mentioned elsewhere, Daniel Wilson studied the game tape on Max Brooks and studied it well. Brooks spun off his droll little The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) into a serious minded, global sta
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Since i was a child, I always love zombies stuff. This is the first novel of machines vs people I ever read. And you know what….i absolutely love it!!!!
Before I read the advance copy of this book, I wasn’t interested in any robots vs humans stuff, but only zombies things (movies, novels, anime, video games, cartoon, adult version, you name it…). But after reading it, it change my mind and as some of the reviews mentioned here….this novel also scare me too about all the new technology we are surr
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book was good (not great), entertaining as long as you're willing to suspend reality. Obviously it's a sci-fi book so it's not "real" to begin with, but still there are things you have to overlook. For example - how do hundred of people walk from NY to OK then to Alaska in the span of a couple years and they just magically have enough food and medical supplies despite not having any electricity and being nomadic. They always have exactly the right tools and supplies on hand to fi ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Written in chapters from multiple points of view by one of the survivors, this recounts a bad start with artificial intelligence (AI). It was very well done. There are connections between those recounting the stories - a father in OK, his son in the Middle East, a congresswoman & her daughter. The characters were real & often eccentric. The fight seemed very real, not a just a Terminator gore-fest, although there is some of that, too.

Buddy read with Terry! Thanks Terry!

Going to go right up the middle with 3 stars.

This is a two book series, but one can clearly end here because there is an ending that can satisfy a reader without having to go on. I myself am not too sure if I will read the next one.

I am honestly having trouble writing this review because there were many things I liked about the story but there were alot of things I felt were lacking. So I think I will just randomly jot down my thoughts and feelings haphazardly
Kara Babcock
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So, Robopocalypse, we meet again for the first time!

I try to award priority to books that have been sitting around in my overflow bin, gathering dust. But I got Robopocalypse as a Christmas gift from my dad, and I admit I was a little curious about all the attention this book had received. So I let it jump to the head of the queue. Alas, as with most such books, the anticipation was far superior to the somewhat basic
Kristin B. Bodreau
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of things about this book that should have bothered me. The character development was stilted or non-existent thanks to the chopped up nature of the narrative. There was a fair amount of hand wavy science. Characters that really should have had more action and involvement didn’t. The motivations of the villain were wishy washy at best.

I enjoyed reading it anyway. The pacing for me moved quickly, the characters were endearing and the interconnected stories and how they progresse
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A Cherokee citizen, Daniel H. Wilson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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