Robopocalypse: A Novel Paperback – Apr 17 2012
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“Terrific page-turning fun.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“An ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots.”
—The New York Times
“Richly haunting. . . . Wilson has terrific timing in building a page-turner around the perils of technology’s advance into our lives.”
—Los Angeles Times
“An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable.”
“A tour de force. . . . A fast-paced, engrossing page-turner that is impossible to put down. . . . Wilson’s taut prose and the imaginative scope of his story make him a worthy successor to the likes of Michael Crichton, Kurt Vonnegut and Isaac Asimov.”
“A superbly entertaining thriller. . . . [Robopocalypse has] everything you’d want in a beach book.”
“You’re swept away against your will. . . . A riveting page turner.”
“[Wilson] presents a doomsday scenario more plausible than most. No vampires, no zombies. . . . Science fiction has been grappling with the possibility of traitorous computers and mutinous androids for much of its history, but Wilson has devised a way to put an original spin on the material. Robopocalypse is a well-constructed entertainment machine, perfect for summer reading. It’s especially refreshing to read an end-of-the-world novel that’s actually self-contained, that doesn’t require the investment in two or three more thick volumes to deliver the apocalyptic goods.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
“Wilson’s training as a roboticist makes accepting a ubiquitous robot presence natural to the author; it also helps him imagine and describe some amazing machines, efficient, logically designed and utterly inimical to human life. . . . [Robopocalypse] reads at times like horror. That its events are scientifically plausible makes them all the more frightening.”
“A gripping, utterly plausible, often terrifying account of a global apocalypse brought on by a transcendent AI that hijacks the planet's automation systems and uses them in a vicious attempt to wipe out humanity.”
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
“Robopocalypse is the kind of robot uprising novel that could only have been written in an era when robots are becoming an ordinary part of our lives. This isn’t speculation about a far-future world full of incomprehensible synthetic beings. It’s five minutes into the future of our Earth, full of the robots we take for granted. If you want a rip-roaring good read this summer, Robopocalypse is your book.”
“This electrifying thriller . . . will entertain you, but it will also make you think about our technology dependency.”
“A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won’t soon forget. What a read . . . unlike anything I’ve read before.”
“[A] frenetic thriller. . . . Wilson, like the late Crichton, is skilled in combining cutting-edge technology with gripping action scenes.”
About the Author
Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where’s My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, and A Boy and His Bot.See all Product Description
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To be fair I did read the entire book as the plot is somewhat interesting.
The reviewer who said that this book reminded him of a young Michael Crichton must be related to the author.
If you like this kind of concept I would recommend Daemon by Daniel Suarez.
Beginning at almost the end of the story (and also stealing a lot of tension from the narrative), during the last little bit of clean up after the “New War”, each story in the collection is presented as an historical document or reconstruction with the overall narrative of the war held together by an intro and outro to each story written from the POV of the main character. It’s an interesting device, but the intro often steals from the immediacy of the story that follows by giving away too much, and the outro often hints at or summarizes much larger stories, giving the impression that far more interesting things are happening in the wider conflict, but you won’t get to read about them.
There are a lot of good stories in Robopocalypse (I particularly like the Gray Horse sequence), if taken on their own and without the intro and outro, but the overall presentation of the story falls a bit flat.
Wilson uses a narrative device that is similar to that used by Brooks, but one that allows for the more natural reappearance of recurring characters. Rather than jumping from one new character and POV to another throughout the novel, Wilson hops back and forth between a limited number of primary figurants, developing them not through single vignettes, but through their own novel-spanning storylines. It feels less like a series of connected short stories that, when placed end to end, tell a single story, and more like a single story with numerous sub-plots, all building upon the same foundation.
This foundation is provided by Cormac "Bright Boy" Wallace of the Grey Horse Army. Wallace narrates a prologue and epilogue which bookend Robopocalypse, but he also introduces and lends the occasional closing commentary to every chapter-long episode featuring and often narrated by other characters. Through Wallace, we come to know these characters and the role they played in the New War. As mentioned, the characters are well developed and distinct and even Wallace himself features in his own episodes so that we see how he has changed over the course of the War.
Unlike Terminator, Robopocalypse does not rely on the initial construction of and inevitable rebellion by military-grade robots.Read more ›
The computers, machines and robotics that humans have built, developed and embraced as part of our everyday lives have turned the tables....Slowly but surely, they've evolved...and learned to think for themselves. And us? Well, we're now expendable. Zero Hour is scheduled.
I freakin' loved this book! It totally fed my passion for dystopian, apocalyptic fiction. There are no complicated themes to discuss at book club (but you will be talking about it) and it won't be immortalized as great literature. But, boy oh boy was it was an action packed thrill ride of a read.
Wilson utilizes a very unique and creative format to tell the story of the War between humankind and machines. We meet Cormac "Bright Boy" Wallace in the opening chapter. He has survived the war so far and makes a startling discovery. "This is the goddamn black box on the whole war." Utilizing the data found on the cube with back up from other electronic and human sources, we start at the beginning of the end and works backwards. At first I thought, no, I know the outcome already, but it works. Every chapter introduces us to more players in this planet encompassing apocalypse. Each is completely different and their actions and lives intersect in ways they couldn't have imagined. Cormac's commentary opens and closes each chapter tying it to the next. The foreshadowing at the end of many chapters kept me up turning pages far into the night.
For sheer entertainment this summer, Robopocalypse simply can't be beat. And in the near future, you'll be able to catch the movie version - Spielberg will be directing.Read more ›
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Hauntingly terrifying. It makes you look differently at every car and toaster. You realize how tied our lives are with the machines we have built. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DMD
I am a very critical reader. For me there is nothing new here in the science; nothing new in the story; and nothing new in the way it is told. I was hoping for so much more. Read morePublished on May 26 2014 by NM
Picked this up on the strength of a Globe and Mail review, and I was glad that I did.
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This is one of those books you pick and can't put down. I enjoyed the story line and the characters. Really good SF.Published on June 6 2013 by Steve Barnett
Brother in law love it
I'm not going to write a novel about the products I buy, if they suck ill let people know but otherwise you get a 2-3 word review then this... Read more
I am not sure what caused all the hype on this book, but its really pretty dull. Totally predictable plot, characters straight from the back lot of Hollywood and still smelling of... Read morePublished on July 6 2012 by Stephen M. Newberg