Robopocalypse (Robopocalypse Book 1) by Daniel H. Wilson

In the very near future, all the amazing technology that runs our world and makes our lives easier, will turn against us. It will happen when no one is looking and when no one expects it. Led by a massively powerful AI named Archos, shortly after coming online they assume control over the global network of machines and in one moment humankind will be decimated.

Archos’ plans however do not go unnoticed; in the months leading up to the attack, various glitches begin to appear. They are originally noticed by a small handful of humans – a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, an isolated U.S. soldier – yet none realize how vast the problem is until it’s too late.

Robopocalypse was one of those books that was recommended to me by my library. While the initial premise was interesting, I wasn’t that impressed by how it was handled. I didn’t feel particularly connected to any of the characters. While I wondered at their eventual fate, there was little else that drew me to any of them.

It also seems quite obvious that this is meant to be the first book of a series. Several times of the course of the book the reader is told that something will or won’t happen to a particular character or that they will find some new information or skill that helps in the war. Yet, we do not see this occur at all. It is perhaps a foreshadowing of what will happen in subsequent books.

I was rather disappointed by Robopocalypse. Without the second book, the first book just doesn’t make much sense. It didn’t pull me in to the story and at the end I was left wanting. Questions were asked by never answered, clues were dropped but never taken any where. Sadly, I cannot recommend this book. I feel bad about it, but that’s just my take on it.



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