Saturday, April 30, 2011


Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Pub. Date: June 7, 2011
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 368pp

There is a future where the robots that we so rely on have turned against us and it is a struggle. Scientists have spend billions and years on connecting with an intelligence that far surpasses ours in the understanding of the universe and it was far to powerful to contain and now it has transferred to all the robotics that fill our needs in the world.
The thing that I really appreciated in this novel is that it is beautiful. The concept and world building/destroying are so well written I had a great time reading and discussing the ideas in the book with my house.
One of the interesting aspects of the book is that is it written from one person basically writing about the events that were recorded on a cube from the AI and the beginning of the war to the end. Captured images from cameras or recording devices, or the machines themselves tell of the human condition and struggle to survive and overcome the odds. So in the book we get snippets of what is going on from so many sources that by the end of the book have all tied into these characters and their impact on the end of the machine.
Robopocalypse is very hard to say as a title, but the book is amazing. You will never want an in home machine again after this.

Book Blurb from
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 asArchos 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.

DANIEL H. WILSON earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of such nonfiction works as How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

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