Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

60%

34 Critic Reviews

. . .limits itself so much that it never truly seems epic, and that makes its larger flaws harder to forgive.
-AV Club

Synopsis

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. 
 

 
 




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About Daniel H. Wilson

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Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?, How to Build a Robot Army, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, and A Boy and His Bot.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Robopocalypse
All: 34 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 13

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2011

. . .by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 14 2011

. . . bland and derivative series of connected vignettes describing a rebellion by humanity's robot helpers.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Scott Schrlefer on Jul 06 2011

I struggled throughout the novel to understand the motivations and actions of the artificial intelligence Archos.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Glen Weldon on Jun 08 2011

. . .by building his tale out of so many brief, discrete fragments, Wilson slights his characterizations.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Chris Barton on Jul 18 2011

. . .apart from one character grimly describing some of the war's victims as "too safe to survive," this isn't a book loaded with deep insight.

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National Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Wiersema on Jun 17 2011

Just to be clear from the outset: Robopocalypse. . . is not a good book. . .That being said, Robopocalypse is a freaking fantastic read. . .

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Jul 06 2011

. . .limits itself so much that it never truly seems epic, and that makes its larger flaws harder to forgive.

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SF Site

Below average
Reviewed by David Maddox

. . .while the stage is well set, there is so much more that can be told and it's just not there.

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Time Out New York

Below average
Reviewed by Chris Grace on Jun 22 2011

Jumping among characters and from one locale to another, Wilson generates a forward momentum tripped up only by an awkward story-within-a-story construct. . .

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io9

Excellent
Reviewed by Annalee Newitz on Jun 20 2011

Wilson gives us an intriguing glimpse of what robots might really do if they turned homicidal.

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Strange Horizons

Below average
Reviewed by Phoebe North on Nov 07 2011

. . .dull action sequences, wooden prose, and characters so superficial they might as well be made of plastic.

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The Zone

Above average
Reviewed by Niall Alexander on Mar 21 2014

...with Robopocalypse, from its unsettling start straight through to its beautifully symmetrical conclusion, robotics doctorate Wilson is perfectly poised to remind readers what a truly thrilling prospect the end of the world as we know it is sure to be. Superb reading for a sunny summer at the edge of everything...

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EE Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Clive Maxfield on Jan 02 2012

There are many really good things about this book, not the least that the author really knows what he’s talking about. . .

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Horror Happy Hour

Excellent
Reviewed by Dave G. on Apr 22 2011

It’s exciting, scary, fast paced, action packed, and basically good old fashioned character driven storytelling at its best.

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Rolling Hills Consolidated Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Callow on Dec 14 2011

Wilson keeps the story interesting and not overly technical. . .

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Dec 05 2011

This is a thinking person’s novel, rather than a pure pulse-pounding thriller.

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That's What She Read

Good
Jun 29 2011

One of the more enjoyable, and brilliant, aspects of the story is the cast of characters.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Jul 04 2011

It totally fed my passion for dystopian, apocalyptic fiction.

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The Book Smugglers

Good
Reviewed by Thea on Jun 07 2011

Robopocalypse is meant to be a fun read, and in that respect it executes command perfectly.

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Fantasy Book Critic

Below average
Reviewed by Robert Thompson on May 20 2011

I now understand why Steven Spielberg would want to direct a movie based on the material found within, but the book itself is a disappointment...

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Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Graeme Flory on Apr 21 2011

‘Robopocalypse’ isn’t a perfect book but comes so near that you may not notice the difference.

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Onyx Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

The author's shortcuts create some logic gaps. . .

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Grasping For The Wind

Good
Reviewed by John Ottinger on Jun 07 2011

. . .a fast-paced thriller populated by a number of sympathetic heroes and a villain that is both alien in its power and all too human in its motivations.

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Having Said That

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Dec 14 2011

It was a quick, entertaining, and extremely enjoyable read!

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Iceberg Ink

Below average
Reviewed by Chris on Oct 14 2011

Brevity and narrative convenience are recurring problems with this book.

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Iceberg Ink

Good
Reviewed by Scott on Jun 16 2011

A wondrously imaginative read, with good characters. . .

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Working for the Mandroid

Good
Reviewed by Leslie on Jan 26 2012

I cannot stop thinking about this book and want everyone to read it though I know it might be too much for many people.

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Walker of Worlds

Good
Reviewed by Mark Chitty on Sep 09 2011

. . .I count it as one of my top five reads this year.

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Hooked on Books

Good
Reviewed by Christa on Jul 12 2011

. . .an amazing piece of literary science fiction.

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Backlisted

Below average
Jun 26 2011

Perhaps the cardinal sin of Robopocalypse is that, for all its noise and bravado, not very much happens.

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Zombie Parent's Guide

Above average
Reviewed by Joseph Reninger on Jan 21 2012

The story moves quickly and is an exciting read. Thematically it isn't too deep--the standard stuff about what it is to be human and can robots be human, etc., is presented but no new insights or ideas come up.

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Literally Booked

Good
Reviewed by Astarte on Aug 18 2011

The first chapter is a bit dull, but once the other characters begin to come into play, it's defintiely a worthwhile, fun read.

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The Man Eating Bookworm

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Leonard on Jun 28 2011

Pretty much anyone with a token understanding of robots might have been able to write the technical scenes of the book, which was disappointing as it was surprising.

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The Mad hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Mad Hatter on May 18 2011

The pacing is incredibly fast and it was hard to put down given that breezy style of the story.

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