Author: Daniel H. Wilson
Release Date: January 1, 2011
They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.
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, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites — at a moment known later as Zero Hour — humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.
Oh how I wanted to love this book. The first chapter starts our really strong. Fifteen minutes after the robot is brought “to life” we get a sense of suspense and loom. With threats against the scientist that made him that the human race will now be gone and robots will take over, I was on the edge of my seat. I cancelled lunch and everything after.
And then it happened. The book shifted. The rest of Part 1 (100 pages or so) deals with first person accounts about the first violent interactions between the robots and the humans. While interesting, the way they were told were play by plays. The amount of detail given in this book would be (and apparently is) perfect for a movie. I never thought I would say this, but there is just too much detail here. I wanted the chance to use my mind, my imagination, my brain!
The second half of the book picks up a bit, but if you watwched ID4 and movies like it, you pretty much know most of this book already. This is going to become one of those books, where you either love it or feel indifferent about it. Sadly I fall in the indifferent end of the scale. It was an ok book, made the afternoon go by quickly, but I won’t be picking it up again.