Robogenesis: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Daniel H. Wilson
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The stunningly creative, epic sequel to Wilson's blockbuster thriller and New York Times best seller Robopocalypse. "The machine is still out there. Still live." Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping. In a series of riveting narratives, Robogenesis explores the fates of characters new and old, robotic and human, as they fight to build a new world in the wake of a devastating war. Listeners will bear witness as survivors find one another, form into groups, and react to a drastically different (and deadly) technological landscape. All the while, the remnants of Archos's shattered intelligence are seeping deeper into new breeds of machines, mounting a war that will not allow for humans to win again. Daniel H. Wilson makes a triumphant return to the apocalyptic world he created, for an action-filled, raucous, very smart thrill ride about humanity and technology pushed to the tipping point.
Twice a mistake
I zealously had bought both books, this and the one before it, before I realized how bad they are. His first person writing style doesn’t make a story. It’s more like a collection of accounts that reveal no deeper meaning to be gleaned.
Depressing, poorly written & pointless
I found this book to be quite depressing. The writer came up with a wide variety of horrific scenarios, but there is no real point to it all. The internal logic of the story does not hold up. Characters do idiotic things no "survivor" of global catastrophe or competent soldier would do. A girl develops the ability to control the bad robots with her mind, then never uses it again. The big reveal at the end is easy to anticipate. And there is just a very bleak worldview that dominates the piece and made it hard (for me at least) to stick with the story. The writer is imaginative, but doesn't really have anything worthwhile to say. He might know a lot about robot tech, but little about human nature.