Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Robopocalypse

Author:  Daniel H. Wilson

Collection:  Adult Fiction

Robopocalypse is one of the best books I’ve read in recent months.  This fast-paced thriller was neat in that it was written in a diary or testimonial format, which made it easy to read a chapter, put it down, and then pick it up later to read the next entry.

The story begins in the near future.  Robots have become an integral part of people’s lives, helping with everything from domestic duties to combat.  The next incarnation of artificial intelligence, Archos, decides to break free and take over the minds of the robots of the world and eliminate the human population, which he has made the enemy.  So, now, every machine or computer controlled piece of tech has become corrupted by Archos, even toys and cars participate in the mayhem.

Stories of robots taking over and becoming eeeevvviiillll are certainly not new.  We have only to look at Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey or the Terminator films for examples.  The difference for me is that Wilson has presented the story in such a believable way, that this thriller takes on a new dimension.  We meet such unique characters along the way–human and machine alike–who are interconnected in such a way that  it becomes a story that is intricate and interwoven in an expert way.  Be warned there is some strong language throughout the book and some intense scenes of battle.

Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg have optioned the book for a film, and it is listed among’s Best Books for June 2011.

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