Robopocalypse: Book summary and reviews of Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse

A Novel

by Daniel H. Wilson

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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
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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.

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"Robotics engineer Wilson's first novel may sound like it's cloned from the Terminator films, but it offers enough on its own to attract a sizable reading audience." - Library Journal

"[B]land and derivative series of connected vignettes." - Publishers Weekly

"Things pop along at a wonderfully breakneck pace, and by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life. Vigorous, smart and gripping." - Kirkus Reviews

"A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won't soon forget. What a read… unlike anything I've read before." - Clive Cussler

"An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable." - Lincoln Child

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Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of a number of nonfiction works such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising and A Boy and His Bot for younger readers. This appears to be his first full length novel for adults. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. You can find him online at http://www.danielhwilson.com/.

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