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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson

I've been listening to audiobooks for the better part of ten years now (which is a heck of a lot of audiobooks when you figure in two per month on average). And my growing trend since I read so much young adult literature via the page is to listen to adult science fiction (mostly) and fantasy on audio. So sure, when the cover of this book popped up, everything about it got my attention.

ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson (Doubleday, June 7, 2011)

Though I loved this one in audio, I think the paper (or ebook) version would be fabulous, too. From the very beginning when we discover robots have destroyed the earth, I was hanging on every word, wondering just how it happened. And as the story unwound, I loved the brilliance (not the fact that robots destroyed most of humanity, but how it happened).

Why? Because the robots invasion did not happen overnight. It was a well-thought out, methodically planned attack. And because of this, it felt so realistic. After the takeover is complete, the story is far from over because the author then leads us on the equally methodical path of how humanity survived.

I'd highly recommend ROBOPOCALYPSE for fans of smart science fiction and doomsday stories. It's brilliant, even funny at times, and so realistic, it's scary.

*And also great is that ROBOPOCALYPSE is going to be a movie directed by Steven Spielberg! Sweet :)

Source of book: Purchased via audible.com

From Amazon:

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.


phyllis sweetwater said...

I am with you on this one. That cover image is hypnotizing!

Angela Brown said...

Agreed. Those eyes are very intense. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the recommendation.

storyqueen said...

This book sounds so cool!!!


storyqueen said...

This book sounds so cool!!!


Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like a great book. And I love reading audiobooks too.

Heather Cashman said...

I've heard about this one and am now thinking I just might press that "buy" button. Thanks for the suggestion.

PJ Hoover said...

Totally worth reading, you guys! I loved it from beginning to end.