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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

June 26th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Picked up at ALA Midwinter

Publication date: June 7, 2011

Publisher: Doubleday

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from FantasticFiction: 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.

I’m such a geek so when I saw this book at ALA I had to snatch it up.  With the rate at which technology is evolving this book could be our worst nightmare come true.  Robots gain sentience and turn against their human creators.  The way the story is told reminds me of World War Z by Max Brooks.  Although there is one main character, Cormac, who finds a robot when the war is over that contains recordings of humans that the robots categorized as “heroes” and the readers hear the story of the war between humans and robots unfold as we watch and listen to these recordings.  So each chapter is basically a recording from a different character with a few appearing multiple times and we see the affect they had on the war.

This is a fast read that I enjoyed but there was not much that was really unique about it from the other stories/movies about robots taking over the world.  There were also a few points that I did not really understand why the robots made the choices that they did.  I admittedly skimmed some parts so I may have missed the explanation but some robots side with the humans and I was not really sure why.  I know one of the characters manages to give them “life” and the ability to think for themselves but even then why would they choose to help humans?  Was it simply because they didn’t want to be told what to do by the mastermind robot?  It would have been nice to see a bit more why these robots decided to do the things they did.  There is also a point where one character is being modified by the robots to be able to communicate with the robots and see like robots.  The operation is interrupted but I still didn’t see why the robots would do this.  If it was completed were they going to mind control this character somehow to make sure she didn’t use these new abilities against them?  It seemed so random and thrown in just to move the story along.

Still this is one of those books that reminds me of an action flick.  Go in expecting fights, drama and lots of action but don’t poke too deeply into the story or plot holes and you will have a great time.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Action, Books, Science Fiction

One Response

  1. Kailana

    They are expecting this book to be a huge seller, but it didn’t really call to me…

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