BOOKS DEVOURED RATING:
4.5- Steak and Potatoes with a Chocolate Dessert. Almost Perfect.
Synopsis: (From Good Reads)
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.
What Did I Think?
You think you have heard this story before? You haven’t.
At least in my opinion, this is a new take on “the robots are out to get us.” This is not just a story about Robots that look like us wanting to exterminate the human race. It is scarier than that. Think about how electronically interconnected everything is now; cars, security systems in our homes, computers, video games, and even toys. Some buildings have their ventilations systems controlled electronically which seems like a great idea until the building decides that it is time for you to move out. . . permanently. Smart cars that can park and drive themselves is a great idea until your car decides to. . . well, I will let you guess.
Do you want to know one way this book has literally changed my life? I will never again buy my daughter a doll that talks. Never. Ever. Scary little kids and creepy toys are two things guaranteed to completely freak me out pretty much 100% of the time. This book has the latter.
I have seen several other reviewers mention that the characters are all a bit similar. I have to admit that I see what they mean. Though each character has a distinct background and adds different things to the story it is their voices that tend to bleed together. That said, it really did not bother me one bit. Perhaps that was even done intentionally because the story is being told from one persons point of view as he watches what has transpired.
I would be remiss not to mention that the author has a PhD in Robotics. That comes through in the book in an interesting way. I was able to have a great movie in my head that included what I thought certain robots looked like. As much as I loved the movie I directed in my head I think I might like seeing a real movie even better. Lucky for me, Steven Spielberg will be bring this story to the big screen in 2013 and I have to admit I would buy my ticket now if I could. I enjoyed reading it and I have a feeling I will enjoy watching it just as much.
Something extra~ Tor.com has posted a short story written by Daniel called The Nostalgist. You can read it on their website HERE. It is also available for download from major ebook retailers.
Source: Received from the Publisher for review