That I read this book was a happy accident. Like a seriously happy accident.
I clicked the sample of Robogenesis on Audible and discovered my favorite audiobook reader EVER (MacLeod Andrews) narrates the book. I bought the book one minute into the sample, hopped on goodreads to update my status to “currently reading” and found Robogenesis is the sequel to Robopocalypse! So, of course, I bought the first book, even though it is not read by MacLeod.
It’s still a damn good listen or read. Whichever medium you use to consume the book, I say consume away. Well, that is unless you straight-up eat the pages, then I say step away from the book, cos books aren’t body food, they are brain food.
And this one most definitely feeds the brain.
Robopocalypse is a epic story of humanity’s will to survive our own stupidity.
It is reminiscent of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot in both the style the story is told and that it’s about the robot uprising. But Wilson takes Robopocalypse us twenty million steps beyond the uprising.
The book is told from multiple points of view from characters spanning the globe. It follows each character from their first experience of robot violence to–often–the end of their lives.
What I found really interesting is the telling voice Wilson used to write the story. He veers so far away form the “show everything” method of storytelling thats intrenched the market in the last decade, that it feels very alien to read. At first. And then something really weird happens–
you stop noticing how different the voice feels because the story is so damn complex and well written it totally sucks you in.
One of the things I feel the book lacks–for the most part–is that strong emotional connection I really want to have with each of the characters. I felt like I wanted to connect to them all, but most times the character were too closed off–for me. But that isn’t to say Wilson didn’t have those brilliant moments that made my heart swell and soar and burst when the tragedy of it all struck home.
The middle of the novel has one such scene, and man, it’s a friggin doozy of a scene.
Happy Reading. Happier Writing,
Blurb from goodreads:
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.