A Novel

Book - 2011
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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. 


Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, 2011
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385533850
Branch Call Number: FIC Wilso 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 347 p


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LoganLib_Michael Jan 28, 2018

An interesting format which lends itself to the thematic nature of the novel. I enjoyed the great detail and imagination in the story of this book, which links humanity's current understanding of robotics with what could be. A sobering look at what might happen if technology gets into the wrong hands. For fans of robots and death!

Apr 07, 2017

* A fast read! Each short chapter is exciting and action-packed.
* I liked the rotating point of view; it kept things interesting. Not all of the characters were appealing, but they were all clearly-drawn, interesting individuals. My favorites were Mathilda, Laura, Marcus, and Dawn.
* The robots were interesting, too. Whether friend or foe, they all had personality.
* This book seems like it could easily become a movie or a TV mini series. I'd watch it.

I did not care for the overabundance of four letter words and graphic violence. But if that sort of thing does not bother you, you'll probably like this book even more than I did.

Oct 19, 2016

Familiar story: the machines v humans. As many others have noted, there is very little character development but the action in most of the book makes up for an entertaining and easy read. Granted, you'll have to suspend your disbelief at points in order to enjoy this book. I hope Spielberg makes good on his promise to turn this novel into a movie. I think it would translate well!

Jul 15, 2016

I like the first 2/3 of this book. But lost it in the end.
I do not like climatic battle stories.
Also, the constant insinuation that more would happen at the beginning of each chapter got a little repetitive.
There was also a couple of scientific mistakes that involve technology we know well today. For example, a microwave communication works by line of sight, so you cannot use it to communicate 1/2 way around the world. Not directly at least.

Jul 12, 2016

It's an interesting alternative to the standard zombie apocalypse genre, although many of the tropes are the same. Excellent light read, competently written.

May 30, 2016

Its a good read and reminds me why I feel in love with sci fi. It takes me back to good story telling regardless of the possible future consequences.

May 17, 2016

Loved it. Surprisingly and graphic violence at times, characters were interesting and varied. Even ended well.

Jan 03, 2016

What I keep remembering when I think of this series is that the machines seem to love humans and yet they still attack. Do machines need motivation or are they simply programmed to destroy? I liked both this and the follow up.

Apr 17, 2015

Don't let the title fool you this was an awful novel. I was deceived after I heard this PhD in robotics slash author interviewed about Artificial Intelligence and transhumanism. He especially caught my ear when he said Spielberg was giving this piece a nod. I'm going to go out on a politically incorrect limb here and call this book gay. I don't mean your cool gay dormmate from college who you are still best friends with. No I am talking about a Fred Phelps, Pat Robertson latent homo-eroticism that comes off as cruel, vacuous, and disparaging. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless you are a prepper who wants to be ready for any eventuality.

Oct 21, 2014

Good read, I know the theme is a bit worn but this is well written, the style may not suite everyone but i quite enjoyed it. This future may not be as far away as we think! Keep an eye on your smartphone & other "smart devices" from now on. 7 out of 10

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

In the future, robots are everywhere, making human life safer and easier...until researchers create an AI called Archos that becomes too intelligent. Archos deems humanity a risk to the life of the planet and unleashes swarms of domestic and military robots to bring humanity down to more manageable levels. This is the story of those humans who fought back.

Aug 04, 2012

The future of humankind includes robotics, and virtual intelligences in objects around you. Cars with accident avoidance programs, robots that are made to help with the heavy lifting, dolls that talk. The next step in making our lives easier. Then someone builds a program that can think, and it thinks humanity has had it's turn on the planet and it's over.

This is not a deep future setting, but a natural step in the progress of industry and a interesting view on how that works for humanity


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Greg_library Jun 16, 2014

Violence: The story contains descriptions of people being killed, injured or altered in various ways by robots or vehicles that may disturb the sqeamish.

Greg_library Jun 16, 2014

Coarse Language: Some of the dialogue in the story contains profanity.


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