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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Of robots and riots

What would happen if the entire network of technology that we use to make our lives easier were to rise up against us and try to destroy the human race? In ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson this idea is turned into terrifying reality, as man and machine battle for survival. Killer cars, buildings bent on destroying their inhabitants and a mastermind bent on destroying the human race while preserve life on the planet. This all makes for an interesting read.The writing is a bit stilted and is written as if it were a non-fiction account of this technological rebellion but I think this adds to the reality of the book. Initially did not think I would enjoy it but after the first few pages I could not put the book down. It is really creepy and a bit gruesome in parts but it is not your typical end of the world novel. Mankind fighting for survival against a common enemy is not a new theme in fiction but Daniel Wilson has a way of keeping you turning the pages. His characters, both human and electronic, are sympathetic and the reader actually cares about what happens to them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Robopocalypse and if end of the world novels are not generally your cup of tea, why not give this one a try. It makes a riveting and scarily plausible read.

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