Friday, 16 May 2014

Robopocalypse - Daniel H. Wilson

RobopocalypseBy Daniel H. Wilson
Reviewed by Jeff
Published:June 7th 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages: 347
ISBN: 0385533853 

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. (Goodreads)

First off i want to give a quick shout out to Gary for putting my mind on track to read this book. Second off thank god i stumbled upon this at a thrift store or else I probably never would have read it. Moving on though, amazing....I was completely engaged with every character, it honestly felt like I was involved with the characters in their struggle, the writing style allowed me the opportunity to become part of the plot. I draw a lot of parallels with World War Z which is written in pretty much the exact same style. Given that I loved World War Z, I absolutely loved Robopocalypse. If you haven't heard of it, pick it up and and give it a go, adrenaline rush from page one. The best part of it all is that the premise is believable and possible, throughout the novel I was constantly thinking about how something of this nature could happen in our increasingly technologically dependent society. Awesome read.

4/5 Carls

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