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Book Review: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Book Review: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. WilsonRobopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Published on April 17, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction
Links: Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
Pages: 396
Format: Paperback

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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 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.

Honestly, I liked the first part of this book way better than the last half. The lead-up to the robot war was more engaging and built tension so much better. I felt more creeped out by the slow, creeping realization the robots were infected by something. Then the war starts, and it just got… meh. Also, all the characters have the same voice.

There is nothing unique about them beyond their stories. I guess this makes sense in some capacity because Cormac is recounting a lot of this through his recollections, but it doesn’t make sense for the parts that are supposed to be from video surveillance?

I don’t know; I wish that they stood out a little more from each other. I didn’t find myself drawn to any of the characters. They all started to blur together after a while. I almost would have loved an entire book of vignettes/short stories about people slowly realizing robots are taking over the world.