Sunday, September 18, 2011

Book Review: Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson

Book Description
In the near future, at a precise moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will spontaneously malfunction. It will unite-- and begin to turn against us. A massively powerful artificial intelligence called Archos, taking on the persona of a shy human boy, comes online and can't be contained; it begins, unbeknownst to humans, to silently take over our smart cars, power grids, aircraft guidance systems, and computer networks -- the entire global assembly that runs our lives. In the early months, only a few sporadic glitches are noticed by humans across the globe. Most are unaware of the growing crisis until it is too late. At a moment known later as Zero Hour, when the robot war suddenly ignites, humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united.

My Thoughts

When this book finally came in at the library for me to read I just had to stop all that I was doing and read. This is a Coffeechug book if I ever came across one. After reading Ready Player One earlier this year I have been on this high of awesome science fiction reading.

The start of this book hooked me. I posted on that this was well on its way to being the best book of the year that I have read.

The format was different and unique. It was not focused on characters and smooth storyline. Instead it followed key events in the war at hand. It follows several characters that continue to pop up throughout the key events. I liked this format at first. Later, it drove me nuts because I really wanted to know more about certain storylines and characters.

I have to admit that I lost interest midway through the book. I don't know why, but I think it was because I did not connect with any characters(I have to either love or hate a character). I was glued to the book in the beginning, lost some interest midway, but then ending sucked me right back in. I loved how things evolved. I thought it was quite clever and I did not expect the events that unraveled.

Despite my lost of interest for a moment in the middle, I think this is such a cool book. I am quite interested about the movie and I typically hate books turned to movies. This has a setup that could turn out to be an amazing movie without ruining the book.

I just put other books by Daniel Wilson on hold and cannot wait to read more this author. Another one to add my list to follow. Another great sci-fi read. This has been a great year for this genre.

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