Ahoy there me mateys! This novel was on me radar forever and finally got around to reading it. While I did enjoy many parts of the novel, overall it was just an okay read for me. Mostly I found myself comparing it to other robot related novels and finding it slightly lacking.
This story involves the history of the robot war against the humans run by an AI named Archos. The story is told by a survivor of the robot war, Cormac, who finds surveillance footage left behind by Archos and relates the history of the war through journals, newsfeeds, and other media.
Now to be fair there are many things about the novel that I liked:
- This story is set just far enough in the future that the start of the robot war seems plausible. The technology advances could happen. For example we already have self-driving cars. Such technology turning on us was fun.
- There were some awesome characters that I really cheered for. In particular I loved the husband and wife team of Dawn and Marcus in New York City, Paul in Afghanistan, and Mathilda Perez.
- The toy scene was creepy.
- There are a diverse bunch of characters and scenery.
- I really enjoyed how the author tied the stories of the seemingly unrelated different humans together.
Some things I didn’t like:
- Though the story was supposed to be told from multiple perspectives, the filter of Cormac made many of the segments seem flat and/or unbelievable. Cormac commentated on issues and added his own thoughts on the other characters feelings and experiences. I wanted more of the segments to feel like first-person encounters.
- Archos was a very odd bad guy. I mean I know AI are supposed to be way smarter than humans but the computer seemed to make stupid and irrational choices. Humans could have been wiped out fairly quickly and weren’t.
- There were a lot of unanswered questions about certain situations. The robots relationship with nature for example.
- Also there are several human story lines with no resolutions. As a couple of those were my more favorite characters, I was grumpy.
- How Archos is taken down. Sigh.
Now I did learn that there is a second novel that perhaps would answer some of the outstanding questions I have. I am just not sure if I will read it yet.
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The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies … Now they’re coming for you. When the Robot War ignites 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…
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