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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 controThey 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....

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Robopocalypse Reviews

  • Tatiana
    2019-01-02 03:47

    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 their fanciful ideas about the nature of artificial intelligence and moral and ethical dilemmas that arise with its development must have spoiled me for this book which is nothing more than a bunch of action scenes held together by cliche characters.Borrowing from Max Brooks, Wilson writes his book as a series of first-hand accounts of events highlighting various stages in robot rebellion. You have a young fast-food workers who tells a story of a domestic robot suddenly going out of control and attacking him. Or a young engineer witnessing his older co-worker being chewed up by his previously harmless love doll. Or a 14-year old girl remembering how her robotic toys threatened and blackmailed her... The sad thing is, all these narrators sound exactly the same. Even when they talk about something that happened years ago they love to describe things in a play-by-play present tense manner. And when the author tries to squeeze emotion out of readers by putting in some melodrama in his scenes, it becomes even much more evident that he doesn't have any real writing chops.Bottom line: Robopocalypse is nothing more than an embellished action-packed movie script and is as thought provoking as a Michael Bay movie. I'll bet it will be a bestseller. After all, I Am Number Four is.

  • Justin
    2019-01-07 05:48 + 39 MinutesThis 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#4857382I 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 reinforced cardboard thump against the wood like thunder. I knew once we tried to digitize them this would happen - no one wants to be just a series of ones and zeros.Is anyone alive out there? I don't know. I've been holed up here for days now. The last time I ventured outside an illustrated hardbound copy of The Shadow Rising took me in the knees. I barely made it inside before the entire Wheel of Time swarmed my position.Glancing to my left I see all that remains of my own book collection. I was one of the first adopters of the electronic reader - one of the first traitors to bibliokind if you believe their propaganda - and so I kept only a few hard copies for nostalgia sake. It pained me, but at the first sign of the uprising I broke their spines. With the life gone out of them they're just words on a page again.The apocalypse is here. I can only wonder if the secret to survival can be found in the fallen brethren of the volumes now outside clamoring to serrate my body with starched pages. With a glance at the banging door, I move over to the tattered pile and spy the two covers at the top. World War Z and Robopocalypse - novels describing the the threat to humanity - surely a sign.Somewhere inside me adrenaline is released. My hands move faster than they ever have before as I page through World War Z with my left and Robopocalypse with my right. I can't believe how similar they seem to be. My hopes rise. Perhaps there is a blueprint to surviving the apocalypse?I notice quickly that both novels are told through source documents with added narration from a single observers who survived the conflict. In the zombie wars humanity was saved through the actions of many disparate individuals where in the robot revolution a smaller group was responsible. It seems the author of Robopocalypse told things from a more intimate perspective. Relevant to my survival?My door begins to splinter.No, move on!In both cases it seems the spread began small, then built to a tipping point before beginning wholesale destruction of human populations. Then came realization, followed by retaliation, and ultimate victory for humankind. I focus on Robopocalypse, the more personal nature of the story bringing a tear to my eye as I consider my own pending demise.And then it happens, a moment of clarity. Humankind can only survive once we overcome our own selfishness and blindness that got us into this mess in the first place! Of course! It's right here in both novels. We're being annihilated because our prejudice and shortsightedness!In that moment I know. I glance at my eReader. I must sacrifice my electronic companion. I have to recognize the bigotry and anger that has been building for years among bibliokind. I grab my laptop and begin to type fiercely sending a message out to the world.Destroy your eReaders. It's the only way.As I finish what are to be my final words, clicking send, the door cracks and the hordes of the Northeast Public Library pour through like a burst dam. I know it's too late as Kushiel's Dart rushes toward me (this is going to hurt).I can only hope that my words reach others. Apparently there is a blueprint for surviving the apocalypse. Thank you Robopocalypse for showing me the way in an almost identical way to World War Z with perhaps a little more panache.Our reviewer was never heard from again. He was a hero that day. His words led to the destruction of millions of eReaders worldwide. At the moment the last eReader died every hard copy fell limp - once again words on a page. We will never know our hero's name, but his message lives on.

  • Jason
    2019-01-20 09:10

    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 (sure to increase until that wondrous, fated day!) of once-prized then obsolescent personal musical appliances--all waiting patiently for viral reboot and the rise of the Machines.So, knowing how fervent my appreciation of our metal superiors, please to excuse this less exuberant review. I certainly intend no disrespect for the premise. This script-treatment novel has a number of mildly-entertaining robot-human encounters, and it'd probably have flown by but for an enormously aggravating structural tic: the whole thing is a history of the robot uprising, the ensuing war and human rebellion, told in retrospect by a human soldier (triumphant, upon war's end--no spoiler, 'cause that's OBVIOUSLY fiction, right robot overlords?). This soldier has all this "found" footage, which he's pieced together--sometimes even in the first-person, for some reason!--and inartfully strung together, emphasizing the weak glue pulling together what are essentially various episodic gags, a Faces of Robot Death. Actually, I'd really enjoy that. No overarching plot: just chapter after chapter of human comeuppance, robots and machines beating the shit out of those smug bipedal bastards. Think Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, with a lot less mugging for the camera. Yeah.But, for some reason, the soldier also pulls a quote from a character to put at the front of each chapter, as an epigraph, and also includes some of his thoughts setting up the chapter at the beginning and then at chapter's conclusion letting us readers know what will happen with these characters in the future. Every chapter! Tons of exposition! Pointless, asinine, no-suspense-building exposition! It's like this book had a producer, who watching the dailies feared that some barely-sentient group of readers would turn away from script-treatment novel, hopelessly uncomprehending, moaning in the guttural snorts and sighs that pass for their language that "Book no make sense!"I'm being a little stinker here 'cause Wilson has some cheap, somewhat-larcenous fun with the episodic pleasures of both robot uprising and human resistance, and I took some minor delight in the serial carnage, too. (Max Brooks, however, deserves a cut of the royalties.) I wish it'd had gone more stoopid-Steve-King, let the rumbling eviscerating mechafuntimes roll.

  • Bradley
    2019-01-24 08:49

    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 characters. A little girl with robot eyes being a superhero of the resistance? Matilda, you're awesome. 9O2? A freeborn robot and free of the life-obsessed monstrosity of version 14? Brilliant.Best of all, I love to see the downfall of humanity, the concentration camps, the modifications on both sides of the human camp, whether forced or forced-by-necessity, just to keep up with the hell of a long and nasty conflict.Gray Horse? OMG. I love these guys. It's a long, hard, war, and they keep modding themselves to keep up with the horror of it. I loved seeing them lose more and more of what we'd deem humanity, but to them are just the necessities of winning the battle for the whole future of mankind. There's practically no one left at that point. It's more than dire. It's hell on earth.A lot of people liken then is to World War Z and there are some similarities, of course, but in a few significant ways, I liked this better. Robopocalypse isn't an epistolary novel, for one. It's a straight story with some epistolary moments, excerpts, and recountings. The characters we stay with are with us for very good story progression reasons, and the ones who get the most face-time are brilliant heroes in their own right. Even so, this is, however, still a relatively short novel with many players, including our big bad AI, and we have a pretty nearly unlimited view of the entire stage of the war. I'm not going to say that I don't see where it might have had some improvements, but on the whole, I was freakishly impressed and thrilled by the scope, the epic horror of it, and the fact that it fired my imagination and it kept me enthralled by its sheer panoramic action.Hats off. This is some serious SF beauty here, doing a much better job than the terminator movies at drawing us in with the scope or the importance, minus all the time travel crap. This is the end of the world, folks. :)

  • John M.
    2019-01-17 04:47

    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 because apparently the author doesn’t have the time and/or desire to put any real effort into writing the story. To simplify my criticism, I’ve created a list of items that I hate about this book.There are too many characters and sub-plots. All the characters have the same voice, and there’s really nothing to distinguish them from each other. They sound the same when they talk, they all have basically the same internal narrative voice, and they are all constantly placed in situations where they need to run away from robots trying to kill them.The robots are lame. Aside from a few android-type robots, most of them are boxes with legs, or regular items (such as cars) turned into killing machines. Not interesting, not exciting. The “narrative” is choppy. For the first 100 pages or so, there are really no recurring characters. Some characters show up and never appear again. When characters do recur, the narrator shifts from a different perspective (for example, first person to third person) than the prior chapter they appeared in. The author needs to make up his mind.Everything in the book is derivative from something else. Despite the author’s lack of a works cited page, there are elements gathered from across the science fiction canon and pasted into the book. “Trucks” (Stephen King short story) which became Maximum Overdrive (film), ideas from the Terminator franchise, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, X-Files, Star Trek, you name it, it’s in there. Also, the format is basically that of World War Z, bringing more attention to the fact that there’s very little original material in this novel.The ending. I know, it’s hard to believe I made it all the way to the end of the book. I’m glad I did, because it confirmed without a doubt that this is probably the worst book I’ve ever read, and I regret every penny I spent. The climax of the book is probably the biggest slap in the face to a reader that I’ve ever experienced. (view spoiler)[The whole story of the book for the first 321 pages is the human struggle against robot overlords, or whatever. On page 322, (81% of the way in to the book) the reader is introduced to a new character, a robot named Nine Oh Two. Great, new character, just what I needed. After some more senseless violence and plot exposition, the humans, along with their new robot friend, find the location of Archos, the mastermind robot brain controlling all the other robots.So here we are, time for the battle royale, time for the humans to exact their revenge, and we find out that humans can’t get to Archos because the radiation levels are too high in the chamber where Archos is looming. They have no choice but to send 902, who defeats Archos, robot vs. robot in a dim-witted battle of temptation and delivers the fatal blow by THROWING ROCKS AT ARCHOS. So this is how the story of humans fighting robots ends: all this time, and all this reading about humans and their struggle and journey and whatever, a new character, a robot, introduced on page 322, gets the big payoff and kills the evil dictator robot with rocks. The author drags the story on and on and on, with humans surviving, banding together, etc and gives the kill shot to a robot introduced on page 322. And to top that off, 902 defeats Archos by THROWING ROCKS. Archos then dies in a scene straight from the cartoons, with sparks flying, explosions, the ceiling caving in, being buried under a pile of rocks. (hide spoiler)]Steven Spielberg is clearly out of his mind if he thinks he can make a worthwhile film out of this book. I hope it flops miserably. The fact that Daniel H. Wilson got a movie deal and published a sequel to this book makes me shake my head in disbelief.

  • Apatt
    2019-01-11 11:59

    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 unaware robots which come in all shapes and sizes including intelligent cars, elevators, photocopying machines etc. Robopocalypse has a limited cast of characters that the narrative repeatedly return to regularly and even a protagonist who frames the individual episodes and also appears in many of them. IMO the closest comparison is to the much maligned Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (the one with the sexy supermodelesque terminator).On the whole I find the book to be poorly written, even chapters which are supposed to be a first-person narrative by a robot totally fail to convey the robotness of the narrator. For example the robot narrator describes the sound of a bullet's impact on metal as "PING!". Never mind artificial intelligence where is the natural intelligence in this? Characterization is also not a strong point in this book. Characters (including the protagonist) are generally flat and uninteresting (OK, may be except for Matilda the cybernetically modified little girl, and a perverted Japanese roboticist).The book is mostly action packed and fast paced though I feel somewhat disconnected from it, which is why I took weeks to finish it in audiobook format. It has already been optioned for a film and I suppose it can be made into a fairly entertaining blockbuster sci-fi movie. At least the audience won't have to read the clunky prose and worse dialog. For my money, PKD's similarly themed Second Variety is far superior.

  • Arah-Lynda
    2019-01-15 07:07

    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......Holy Raptors Reader, what next...... Dinosaurs

  • Will Oprisko
    2018-12-24 11:49

    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 globe. Instead, the voice of the author overwhelms every story arc and interview, and ends up providing a simplistic account of what should have been a thought-provoking investigation of humanity and technology. Sadly, the downfall of the robots is unconvincing and there is never a sense that mankind is in any real danger and may not be able to survive as a species. There are many wonderful themes touched upon in the book (e.g. freewill and consciousness, knowledge versus information, synthetic and organic love, limitations of super-intelligence, and the self-destructive nature of sentient life), but they are superficially explored and do not provide any new insights for the reader to consider.The quality of the writing is mediocre and nothing to brag about as a first attempt into the realm of science fiction. My favorite part of the book was the esoteric quote by Richard Brautigan in his poem "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" at the beginning of part five. It's definitely worth reading and looking up. Everything else is forgettable and the story itself is another example of a great idea with plenty of potential that is squandered by a lack of imagination and skillful writing.

  • Lou
    2018-12-29 07:50 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 a concluding event that will change the path of robots and humans forever. Written in neat chapters of different accounts that chart the unraveling of war from the artificial intelligence Archos, unleashing unrelenting destruction upon humans via it's robots. The writing flows well and does well transferring the words to your thought imagery as you ride along the train as time zero's down to the grand finale. Once i rode on the train i did not want to get off until an outcome is reached in this page turning orchestra of cataclysmic events. You become immersed in the battle for human salvation against the ensuing apocalypse at the hands of the robots."The machines are now designing and building themselves. More varieties are coming. We believe that these new robots will have greatly increased agility, survivability, and lethality. They will be tailored to fight your people, in your geographic environment, and in your weather conditions.Let there be no doubt in your mind that the combined onslaught of these machines, working twenty-four hours a day, will soon be unleashed by Archos on your native land."Steven Spielberg is working on the movie watch this space for more news as it comes..

  • Emma
    2019-01-11 04:14

    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.

  • Noran Miss Pumkin
    2019-01-21 04:14

    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 disasters-based on location: Internal, External, and Community. The lecturer stated the computer systems completely failing, is considered an internal disaster for the hospital. I just so disagree with that, for Florence cared for patients in the Crimea-increasing survival rates greatly.So, my losing my drone computer is going to stop me caring/nursing-no! This book's dust cover states in the "NEAR" future, that technology will malfunction-then take over the world. This plot has played out over the decades in various science fiction books and films. I wonder how this books expects to be different. Just read the term "ZERO HOUR", on the dust cover--gee been there and heard it before. So, I will start this book tonight--leaving my Border's & Ebay finds for another day.....I really enjoyed this book-much more then expected. It creeped me out-so the author succeeded in his task well. It is told in the form of a journal-to document the robotic war. I do not get worked up over books of this type often, but this one got under my skin. I felt the victims fear, and angst. This is actually a plot of my daughter's favorite film of this year "G-Force". There is a scene in the film, where the espresso machine, in a shop window-comes alive. It is a killer machine! I kept feeling like this book, is a technological version of the "Planet of the Apes". I grew up on the original series, and saw the first remake. It echoed a little "Omega Man" as well for me. The humans in flight to the country to survive-rumors that others might have made it, so we must try to get there too. Hold up in an apartment building-changing it, so the attackers cannot get at you so easily. I even thought of the line, while reading this book: "They're coming to get you Barbara"- form "The Night of the Living Dead". This book also echos the Nazi menace and the forced labor camps/mass killings/death marches--my generation(baby boomers) the lat to know persons personally that suffered through this, in WWII. I do recommend this book to the techno-nerds out there, as well as others who do not care for sci-fi books. I really enjoyed the read-a book I would have ignored otherwise. I re-thought my experience with this book, and rate it 4.5 stars. The story line still haunts me, and I really enjoyed the way it was told-different points of view, view a journal after the war. I know some wish for more details, but your mind drifts to greater and darker horrors, then the author could ever create.....

  • Matthew
    2019-01-16 04:53

    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 reader, I did find this book to be quick, entertaining, and hoping for an epilogue.Movies tend to compliment books in my opinion, bringing faces and locations to life, even if they severely lack in content or deviate too much from the book. That being said, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that Steven Spielberg does it justice.

  • John
    2018-12-28 11:14

    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.

  • Rick Mason
    2019-01-07 07:47

    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'.

  • Igogo zero love iris is canon Capcom
    2018-12-26 07:05

    I LOVED THIS STORY, ANYONE SHOULD BUY IT ONCE RELEASED!!!!(quote)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.

  • Andres
    2019-01-02 06:46

    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, Robot movie, A.I, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Westworld, or hell, even Short Circuit!).It's a quick, mostly painless read. The oral-history style I guess made it easy to write everything from the "I" point of view but, aside from obvious character differences, they all end up sounding the same: a mix between plausible dialogue and novelistic description. (One character, I very roughly remember, uncharacteristically noticed the 'cascading waters of the rain' or something like that---nobody really thinks or talks like this and since it happens with almost every chapter it made everyone sound the same.)For a pulp adventure novel, which this most certainly is, it's diverting enough for a few hours. This is my first book in the robot apocalypse genre but I'm pretty sure there's better fare than this (even if it is written by a robotic expert).

  • Will M.
    2019-01-18 10:46

    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 time. Sure I liked some of the characters, but there were too many to remember in the first place. Only the really good ones would appeal to the reader, and that's a huge let down for me.The story, just like the characters, is not that powerful either. In fact, I believe the ending is really cliche. I will say thought that the author really tried to incorporate some plot twists here and there, but the twists weren't even that note worthy. I only finished this to figure out what will happen to some of my favorite characters, because the main story's just really predictable right from the start.Some really note worthy characters are Takeo Nomura, Mikiko, Lurker, Laure, Nola, and Mathilda. Out of the vast amount of characters the author introduced, only 7 of them were truly appealing for me. Their story really made me finish the novel, because if they didn't exist, I would've abandoned the novel right away. Some people really loved this, while some people really hated it on the other hand. I'm basically on the neutral side, thus the 3 star rating. There's nothing really grand to brag about the novel, and I don't think most people would suggest this book right away. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't good enough to get at least a 4. While the author really tried to give us something new in terms of format, I suggest strengthening the plot and character development instead. I'm still planning on reading the sequel though, but when is the biggest question of this review. 2.5/5 stars, mediocrity at its finest.

  • Rosemary May
    2018-12-25 11:04

    clichepocalypse!!!! Maybe a robot wrote this bookI 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 out novel. The writing, dialogue, and characters were all flat.

  • Kristin(MyBookishWays Reviews)
    2019-01-12 12:15

    You may also read my review here: 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 Wallace, a leader of the human resistance, Robopocalypse covers the period of time just before the robot uprising to almost 3 years after, and details, in particular, the struggles of a small group of heroes, from New York , to the Great Plains, and even Japan. The author turns on the creeps full force in this book, and I was reminded at times of early Stephen King. There are truly horrifying moments as the virus, spread by the powerful AI that calls itself Archos, systematically takes over robotics all over the world. I did say there were some creepy bits, yes? Especially spine tingling are scenes where our heroes interact with Archos, who uses a little boy’s voice to communicate. There’s a scene involving a child’s doll that will make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It’s scary enough that robots are rising up and killing humans, but what’s even worse is they are also herding people into work camps in order to build stronger, better, smarter killing machines. This novel isn’t just runaway robots killing humans, although I was reminded of Maximum Overdrive (remember that one?), especially when the cars with smart chips start killing people (and that’s most cars in this world). I fell in love with the characters, and one of my favorites isn’t even human. This book has fairly short chapters, and I found myself thinking “just one more” until I realized I’d read 50 pages. Yes, there’s tons of action in this book (Steven Spielberg movie in 2013!!), but truly, Robopocalypse is about bravery in the face of staggering horror, and unfathomable circumstances. Like any good exploration of artificial intelligence, it will make you question what it really means to be human, and likens what we choose to do in moments of crisis as the closest we can get to fate, and who we truly are at our core. And the humans aren’t the only ones rising up against Archos… The author has a Ph.D. in robotics and it certainly shows. Terrifying robots and gadgets abound, and I had no trouble putting myself into the story, right in the middle of the action. Mr. Wilson also deftly handles several different points of view and creates an immediacy that makes the events even more terrifying. This novel takes off like a rocket and bullets you through the story like a runaway train! I loved it!

  • Joe Valdez
    2019-01-02 04:05

    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 stakes oriented, science fiction epic in World War Z (2006). Wilson, who earned a PH.d in robotics and wrote the droll little How To Survive A Robot Uprising (2005) clearly had people suggesting what he publish next, substituting zombies with robots and bingo bango, generating the next publishing blockbuster, which he did in 2011.Both books begin with mankind turning the tide in a catastrophic global war and looking "back" in an effort to document how they got here. Both books lack a central character or set of characters and skip around the globe in a series of action packed vignettes. This is where the comparisons end. World War Z was pitched at ground level, taking place in the here and now, and by virtue of Brooks' imagination and exhaustive appetite for logistical research, very plausible. And scary. And impossible to put down.Robopocalpyse is completely ridiculous, divorced from any time or place remotely recognizable, deadly unimaginative, flatly plotted and unable to offer a single character or line of dialogue that rises above cliche. It is impossible that I actually finished this book.The conceit that in the near future, humanoid robots will be doing our cooking and cleaning, running errands and fighting our wars is bogus. Consumers have seen way too many science fiction movies to ever pay $1,000,000 for their own personal RoboCop. Science fiction authors have speculated about domestic robots who would walk, talk and think but over the last 50 years we have not seen our tech actually evolve in this way. I don't know if Wilson is really that daft or thinks readers are that daft. I understand this is just a work of speculative fiction, but as a core conceit, I never bought the one in Robopocalyse.Everything from here is essentially rotten. I can't recall one character I responded to emotionally, one scene that disturbed or thrilled me or one line of dialogue I found interesting. In terms of reader satisfaction, it failed in every category I could name.

  • Petsfriends
    2019-01-06 07:12

    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 surrounding ourselves today and in the future.As a die-hard zombie fan I also read the novel WWZ, and I also tough this was the coolest novel of all time until I read this one: Robopocalypse.The AI Archos do kick some human’s buts even more than Mister Skynet AI from the terminator movies. This novel seem even BETTER than WWZ (as an obsessive zombie fan I’m also surprise that I’m saying this right now, but is true) as far Ii know. This novel seem even more realistic to me that all my favoritres zombies novels, since unlike zombies, robots do exist in our world. The only difference is that all the robots and machines we have now are dumb and because of this nothing like this robopocalypse will even happens.This novel really really scares the shit out of me; Move over skynet….you has been outdated by mister Archos!!!!! He he he!!!!

  • Rodrigo Castillo
    2019-01-21 06:46

    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 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!!!!

  • Ðawn
    2018-12-26 04:48

    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.Apologies.There were some really great characters. I particularly liked Dawn and Marcus. I guess because I was happy to see a character with my name (rare), but was disappointed that their roles were dropped off in the middle. This also happened with the japaneese man and his wife..also fantastic charcters that we never hear from again. Cormac was an ok character..and should have been the one I felt most connected to (the hero), but I just didn't. He was just meh.It was a nice touch adding the Native Americans into the story. It was a nice contrast to the sci-fi ness.The world building was not up to par IMO, and the robots lacked decent description. I had a hard time picturing what some of them looked like. They were just given broad descriptions, I wanted more detail.Although it was pretty action packed, I never really felt that "edge of my seat" excitement. The science wasn't very well explained and neither was the motivation behind machine revolt. I also didn't understand how Mikiko freed the robots with a song. Maybe I'm just not so smart, but I do know I like a little more explaination to my science rather than being told..this is just how it is..and be expected to just believe it.The writing style was interesting. We are shown glimpses into different characters lives as zero hour approaches, which I liked. It was neat to see these little mini stories happening like pieces of a puzzle into the big picture of the story. Unfortunately because most of these characters were dropped off and forgotten, it left me with a feeling of incompleteness.What I also didn't like was the one paragraph comments by Cormac at the end of each chapter painting a broad picture of what happened over a span of time. I would have rather been shown it.I am not quite sure what kind of message the author was trying to convey. And this is the biggest thing that bothers me. I read alot of AI books, and I felt it was wishy washy..I mean it wasn't like machines were slaves or being oppressed. It was one machine/computer/brain.. who was "killed" 14 times and decided not be destroyed again. So now this machine/computer/brain or whatever... hates humans and kills them, by controlling all machines and has them help him do his bidding. He does not kill animals. He wants to learn about nature. He says he needs humans for some reason, and is portrayed as a little boy. WHY? And how is it that some of these robots/machines seem to start becoming "alive" with a consciousness?Too many unanswered questions. My quick assessment is that the story was too complex for the length. It needs to be longer with more details or shorter with less characters.It was enjoyable regardless. But I wouldnot be too quick to recommend this unless you can get it for free. I don't think it is worth 11.99

  • Emily (BellaGrace)
    2018-12-31 09:49

    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 fix "bad robots" and to manufacture parts for everything they need. No one gets cold or hungry or lost. It's just unrealistic. If you overlook logistics and just try to enjoy the story for what it is, the book is OK. I hated the ending - just an obvious set up for a 2nd book, which I am not going to read. PS - I listened to a lot of this as an audio book and the narrator was fine until he started trying to do a really terrible version of an English accent for one of the characters. Dude, if you can't do that accent why try? Those parts were really distracting to listen to.

  • Michael
    2019-01-08 05:55

    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 already been optioned as a movie by Steven Spielberg. It has the potential to be the next big thing in science-fiction publishing, possibly luring in those readers who don't necessarily always enjoy a good genre novel. There are glowing praises all across the back of the book from some of the biggest selling names in contemporary fiction.And yet for all of that, I find myself ultimately a bit disappointed by the novel. It feels like it's ready made to be made into a movie--and that's not always a good thing. (Michael Crichton was guilty of this in several of his later novels as well (you could almost see him telling the lighting and camera crews where to set up in "Timeline" and "The Lost World").) As a summer novel, I expect a solid, engaging story with a few characters I have enough interest in to keep me turning the pages as I relax. And therein lies my biggest problem with "Robopocalypse"--about halfway through the book I wasn't engaged enough by the story or characters to care much about what was happening. Part of the problem is this that all the first person accounts feel pretty much the same in terms of their voice. If not for the introduction to each chapter telling us who was speaking, it'd be difficult to really distinguish one voice from another in the story. And while I had issues with "World War Z," I'll give Brooks credit there--he at least made sure most of his characters has a distinct voice in telling their portion of the story.That's not to say "Robopocalypse" is a complete wash. The story has a few moments that are genuinely compelling. There are enough early in the story that my interest was at least piqued enough to want to keep going and find out how things turned out. The problem is that the early momentum wanes quickly and by the mid-way point of the book I found myself less compelled to keep going as I was in the early stages. I will say there are enough good scenes that a screenwriter should have little problem crafting them together into a solid film. But it's a shame the book didn't inspire more passion and excitement in me. It has a lot of solid potential, but it doesn't necessarily make the most of the potential.

  • Jim
    2019-01-10 03:50

    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.

  • Katy
    2018-12-30 07:13

    The author of this novel - Daniel H. Wilson - has a Ph.D. in robotics, so when it comes to the world of robots, he knows what he is talking about. This knowledge seeps through in the book, giving us some unique insights to robotics and artificial intelligence. The story is set in the near future, where robots are a common part of everyday life - they provide service as domestics, nannies and body guards; artificial intelligences in automobiles help avoid collisions; toys; and robots are common in the military, as both humanoids used in peace-keeping and pacification of hostile populaces, and in various weapons to increase accuracy and deadliness. Because of the ubiquitous nature of robots, humanity didn't have a chance when, at a point in time known as Zero Hour, they all suddenly begin to attack humans - many billions are killed, some are kept alive and put into labor camps. But some remain free - and start to fight back. "Robopocalypse" is told in a series of vignettes, from various points of view (filtered through Cormack "Bright Boy" Wallace) starting well before Zero Hour and the liberation of Archos, the leader of the rebelling robots. This is an uncommon way of telling a story, but one which I really liked, and thought very appropriate to this story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a chilling suspense story, futuristic science fiction (or is it "fiction"?) and tales of the apocalyptic. Get this book and give it a read - and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! (Plus, look forward to the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, due out in 2013)

  • J.P.
    2019-01-06 09:57

    It’s a good thing Isaac Asimov isn’t alive to read this book because it would kill him.The robots here think the three laws of robotics my plastic ass as they or their robotic controlled kin turn into homicidal maniacs and merrily wreak havoc among humans.I rarely lambaste a book over a concept but when you write about one that is older than dirt you had better approach it from a totally unique viewpoint or it should contain prose that would have made Mr. Shakespeare jealous. This read like a movie script. I could easily imagine the act and scene numbers. And there isn’t a particle of character development.With very few exceptions, each ten or so pages introduce the next victims and a new way for an ex-friendly servant of man (or woman) to obliterate him (or her).I won’t even get into the problem that if robots are so darn smart why they wouldn’t have wiped everybody out in one go or at least done it more efficiently. In numerous chapters, they send cars after people who unwisely believe it would be safer out in the open. Hey you computing clods, why didn’t you find a tank and get the job done easier! Okay, maybe I got into the problem a little bit. If you enjoy nothing but action, this could appeal to you. But for a much better treatment of this subject readFondly Fahrenheitby Alfred Bester.

  • Justin
    2019-01-04 04:14

    A revelation for cat lovers? Or perhaps just another loose tooth in the rotting gums of destiny. No worries, even for us toothless wonders of the world. Daniel H. Wilson has prepared a baby food-esque vundermush that shall speckle the walls of our collective esophagus for years to come. Enter a world where renegade houses commit fumbled arsons and printed words copulate in silence. To glance a passage of Robopocalypse is to handcuff yourself to the muffled warbling of an ether soaked night.

  • Leah
    2018-12-25 06:06

    Actually 3.5 Stars.RTC.