September 11, 2011

Review: Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse: A Novel


During an artificial intelligence test a computer program named Archos becomes aware of itself and assumes control of all computers and robots in the not so distant future. So begins the robot war that almost entirely destroys the human race. But all hope is not lost. After several years of fighting the war is over and a cube documenting the rise and fall of Archos is found. The story that unfolds are recorded bits of history from several different sources. Overheard conversations, surveillance recordings, journal entires and more tell the story from beginning to end by people both young and old from all over the world. 

Robopocalypse became another victim of over-hype. So many of my friends were reading, loving and talking about this book that I expected too much from the story. Don't get me wrong, it was a good book but I think I was expecting more action and fighting (think Terminator). Even though there were bits and pieces of action dispersed throughout the book the story was too flat to get a higher rating. 

Another disappointment was the ending. From the opening sequence you already know that the humans prevail but the way that Archos was defeated was a huge let down. I expected a way better ending and as the pages dwindled down I knew it wasn't coming. The one glimmer of hope was a cliff hanger at the every end. If there is a sequel I'm sure I'll read it but I do hope the story improves. Rumors are that the book is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg and I know I'll be in line to see it. I recommend this one as a library read if you are a big sci-fi fan.