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.
This is a scary book. Not in a horror book way, but in a plausible, maybe-happen-in-the-future way. It’s scary in a good, can’t look-away kind of way.
This is an easy to follow story. The narration style is a bit disjointed though. It is hard to connect with any of the characters since the book is essentially a compilation of important moments as narrated from an outside observer.
Action-packed is a great way to describe the book. The compilation style of the book means it is nonstop incident after incident. There are no downtime moments as the story jumps between important moments through the timeline.
Overall, this is an exciting book that will have you looking at your smart gadgets with suspicion. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and will definitely be reading the author’s next book.
Challenges read for:
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012