In this terrifying tale of humanity’s desperate stand against a robot uprising, Daniel H. Wilson has written the most entertaining sci-fi thriller in years.
Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly detailed, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with chilling implications about the real technology that surrounds us.
In this sequel to Wilson's high-tech near-future thriller Robopocalypse, the artificially intelligent Archos R-14, supposedly defeated, lives on. It has released robotic parasites that change humans into cyborgs in preparation for a new war against its ancestor, Archos R-8. Meanwhile another AI, Alpha Zero, has settled into the U.S. military installation at Cheyenne Mountain, determined to create a world where humanoids can live free on their own terms. Wilson populates a fairly familiar post-apocalyptic landscape with sly refugees and weary soldiers whose newly augmented skeletons and senses are turning them into "walking weapon" in a chaotic war that will decide the fate of intelligence and humanity on Earth. This Hollywood-ready techno-thriller is packed to the brim with enough tough characters and brutal conflict to satisfy the most hardcore video gamers and action movie fans.
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Excellent summer read
This is an excellent work of science-fiction in keeping with, and informed by, the tradition of Asimov and Clark. Not since reading Niven's "Ringworld" for the first time has a novel of this genre engrossed my attention so thoroughly. Once it has you this book is very hard to put down; the author's voice and style carry you effortlessly through multiple narrators to the rewarding conclusion.
Detractors may feel that the novel at times feels like the treatment for the screenplay to a Hollywood action film, but to them I extend a generous (and emphatic) middle digit- if only more of our summer entrainment were treated as thoughtfully, crafted as intelligently and executed as adroitly as this, perhaps we could finally be free of formulaic serial franchise blockbuster flops. I look forward to Dreamworks' cinematic interpretation, and congratulate the author on his additional financial reward.
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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.
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.