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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
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Jun 16, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: 2011, couldn-t-finish, spec-fiction

I expected I would like this more than I did. The war of the machines idea comes straight from Terminator - not that that's a bad thing. The story of this particular war is told through a series of vignettes from various people 'heroes' whose lives mattered. This format makes the book easy enough to read - and far too easy to put down. I was over the whole robot massacre about halfway through and so skipped through to the final pages. Funnily enough I didn't lose any of the story by doing this.

Wilson's technical input is detailed and his action scenes well done. However...these scenes are often let down by the misused first person present tense narration (no one stops to describe the roses while running for their lives), and the less than convincing characters, who, as other readers have already commented, all sound too alike. An omniscient narrator would have solved this and made this story far more believable.

All in all an interesting read, but not what I'd call rivetting.

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