Taking a break from Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, I decided to take a look at some of the other books on my “To-Read” list. The one that caught my attention the most was Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.
The synopsis according to Barnes & Noble states:
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 controlover 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 unawareof 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.
Robopocalypse is a futuristic tale that warns us of one possible future where robots fight back that is reminiscent of Terminator. In fact, if you take Terminator, and mix it with I, Robot you kind of get Robopocalypse. One of the things I liked most about the book was how it was written as eye-witness reports. These reports allowed you to see how global the Robot War truly was, and to what lengths Archos would go to in order to assume control of our planet.
What I didn’t like had nothing to do with the book, but more with how I read it. I started it right before I left for San Diego Comic-Con, so I only was able to read it when I could steal a moment or two. This is not the best way to read this novel! For one, you lose the continuity of the stories. When most of the book is told in combat situations, it’s difficult to just jump back into the action. Don’t bother starting this unless you have a few hours to just sit, and enjoy.
Also, if, like me, you love to read books before they’re adapted into movies, you may want to get cracking on Robopocalypse. Not too long ago it was announced that Robopocalypse would be adapted for film. As of today, the film will be directed by Steven Spielberg. No news yet on who will be cast.