Book Review – Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson
This week’s review is “Robopocalypse” by Daniel H Wilson. It’s a story about, as the title suggests, machines taking over the planet and trying to wipe us humans out. You follow multiple smaller story lines through the book to the point where they converge into one main story line – stopping the program that began the war. Each story beginning and ending with the documenter, Cormac Wallace, providing information such as beginning each chapter with how the information in the chapter was obtained and providing just a little character foreshadowing at the end of the chapter. There are some moments of graphic violence, but they are not overused, overdone, and fit the scene being depicted. I found the story very enjoyable.
That being said, there were some parts that stuck out as not fitting right. In the very first scene, the man who creates the Archos program attempts to use a magic spell to contain the program in its little PC “body”, and not only does it not work, magic is never mentioned again in the rest of the story. Another part that sticks out in my mind is the idea that the machines can be broken in a similar fashion as a wild horse, granted it involves lobotomization of their computer minds by people who have an unexplained skill in doing so. There are others, but to give those also gives out spoilers on the story.
Even with the issues I’ve mentioned, I think the story is a good one and deserves a read by those who enjoy a good science fiction story. While the book does seem rushed and you don’t really get the opportunity to really identify with characters in it, I did find myself enjoying the story as a whole and look forward to the movie version coming up. I give the story a rating of 3.75 out of 5, but recommend reading it if you like robot stories.
Until next we meet, remember… Why so serious?