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Beverly B, August 9, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Robopocalypse captures the readers attention with a clever and original format; a collection of frightening first (human)person accounts of the robot attacks leading up to the war and first person accounts of the robot war as recorded by The Robospeaks, the last surviving robot. I appreciated the care author Daniel Wilson took to give each individual account its own voice. I really felt like I was reading a different person's account of what happened every time the voice changed. The tone intensifies as the war looms and the fear and desperation of the humans is unsettling. The robots are terrifying, and the action is non-stop. The tactics the humans use to defeat the robots are clever, original and plausible. The Robospeaks tells the human who finds it that he is not allowed "to let itself die, no matter what - even if captured." Turns out the robots used surveillance to record almost every human word spoken during the war. The recordings start with bizarre malfunctioning robots deliberately killing their owners. Next comes technology failures causing catastrophic deaths, and it progresses to covering every major battle, the robot takeover and the victory of the human resistance at the end. Robopocalypse avoids human vs robots cliches and leaves the reader wondering if we are indeed going too far with, and becoming to attached to, our technology. A thrilling read.
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EssJay, February 25, 2012 (view all comments by EssJay)
This was a great book. It's all about people coming together and being torn apart. What happens when we completely trust computers and letting them run our everyday lives? This is the war between man and machine, it could happen as we relie more and more on technology.
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Wilson, Daniel H.
Vintage Books
Wilson, Daniel
Science / High Tech
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
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Vintage Contemporaries
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Product details 416 pages Vintage Books - English 9780307740809 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Things pop along at a wonderfully breakneck pace, and by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life. Vigorous, smart and gripping."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable."
"Review" by , "Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)...but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn't waste his time writing about 'things,' he's writing about human beings — fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it."
"Synopsis" by , A major thriller for the summer of 2011...the harrowing and epic tale of how humanity battles the robot uprising that is on the near horizon. These damned machines knew us and loved us, even while they were tearing our civilization to shreds.
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