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Robopocalypse

A Novel

Daniel H. Wilson

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They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.
 
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
 
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years. 
 

 
 

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Mar 14, 2011 – Roboticist Wilson (How to Survive a Robot Uprising) turns to fiction with this bland and derivative series of connected vignettes describing a rebellion by humanity's robot helpers. Looking back on the war, Cormac Wallace, soldier in the human resistance, offers portentous framing commentary for recordings taken by evil computer program Archos. Many of the accounts were obtained under torture or other extreme circumstances, yet the narrators are curiously devoid of feeling ("As I watch my blood smearing behind me on the tile floor, I think, shit, man, I just mopped that") as domestic robots kill, soldier robots go haywire, airplanes attempt to collide, people fight to survive, and a resistance forms. Steven Spielberg has optioned the property; perhaps the melodrama will play better on the screen than it does on the page.

Customer Reviews

Truly amazing

This novel will want you to read it to the end. It blends science fiction with the end of the world an creates something entirely different. A must read.

Excellent!

From the first few pages, I was drawn into a believable world reminiscent of the familiarity felt from living through a tragic event such as 9/11. Dan Wilson's novel about a world taken over by robots conveys the importance of working together as a species to the reader. It's a suspenseful thriller that will leave you reading it from beginning to end from the time you first pick it up. Definitely a good buy.

Great, great job, Daniel!!

Never did I expect that this book iwould be this-how do you say it?-FANTASTICI!!-when I first picked it up. Sure, if you are a technologically challenged girl like me, it is a bit slow coming at first. However, after the first chapter (or "Briefing"), it really starts to reveal itself as a true art form, and even though I believe that the term "Nothing like I have ever seen before" is overused, this is truly like nothing I have ever seen before. And, frankly, I have read a little bit of everything. Even if I am not all that old myself.
Also, it is really great to see something grace the top ten chart (number ten as I write this) because it is GOOD, and not just because we all know the name of the author. And this book is good, and for every one, even technologically challenged teenager like me. It is not just a freaky sci-fi robot apocalypse story that gets old real fast. It also demonstrates different aspects of what makes us human. Our love, our memories, and most of all, our simple desire to live.
I can truly say that Daniel H. Wilson accomplshed a great feat with this book. If you are someone reading this just to find out whether this book is worth buying; it IS. It will give you a whole new view on life as we know it. That is pretty major.

Robopocalypse
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: High Tech
  • Published: Jun 07, 2011
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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