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Robopocalypse: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – April 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 Robogenesis, The Clockwork Dynasty, 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.
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But there are chapters where there is little dialog and it's about what the characters were thinking. (Which the robots wouldn't know) One chapter told from the perspective of a 9 year old that uses very descriptive language and words a 9 year old wouldn't know. (Also, the robot watching was a toy robot that spent most of its time in the toy box so it wouldn't have been able to see what was going on) And in another, there's a big robot battle and at one point the main character says "I was busy so I didn't see everything that was going on" but it's supposed to be the fricking ROBOTS that were keeping track of it all.
And to top it all off, the individual chapters feel a little cold. There's no real sense of fear or of the true danger everyone was in as the robots rose up.
World War Z came out in 2006 and was a huge hit and the movie rights were sold right away. Robopocalypse came out in 2011.
I can only assume that, when WWZ got huge, someone started digging through their slush pile to find similar novels and rushed it out the door to capitalize on WWZ. Only explanation I can think of for this making it past any competent editor.
Two stars for some inventive robot technology.
At this very moment in the real world, we are indeed sitting at the precipice - where rapid advances in AI are dancing dangerously with immense computational capacity that could at any moment reach the tipping point and leave us behind.
We are on a slippery slope, and Robo delivers a richly detailed picture of where this path will inevitably take mankind.
The robotic creatures unleashed on humans so well crafted and described - their believability paints a graphic picture of an apocalyptic world where we are certain to be annihilated, but...
I was hesitant to buy this book because I was afraid it would be reminiscent of the Terminator story but I was pleasantly surprised by how different it was. Wilson's writing style is sharp and creates well thought out worlds with solid plot structure and is perfect for those who love the science fiction genre imagined in an apocalyptic future. Just great!!! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series :)
This book shows the horror of such an event without dwelling on such things. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to start the sequel. I suspect the robots are not quite finished with us humans.