Audiobook ☆ Robopocalypse PDF/EPUB ↠


Robopocalypse ➺ Robopocalypse Free ➰ Author Daniel H. Wilson – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 p 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 communicationIn 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 US soldier who witnesses a pacification unit go haywire but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too lateWhen 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.


10 thoughts on “Robopocalypse

  1. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    Robopocalypse takes a common enough idea robots take over the world, and turns it into some new, fresh and exciting Our narrator Cormac Bright Boy Wallace starts at the end of the war, when humanity has just barely managed to put down the evil AI no spoilers we know the outcome of the war from page one and then backs up to tell us how it all happened, sharing personal recollections and recordings kept in a black box by Archos, the AI who started the war The format is a bit like World W Robopocalypse takes a common enough idea robots take over the world, and turns it into some new, fresh and exciting Our narrator Cormac Bright Boy Wallace starts at the end of the war, when humanity has just barely managed to put down the evil AI no spoilers we know the outcome of the war from page one and then backs up to tell us how it all happened, sharing personal recollections and recordings kept in a black box by Archos, the AI who started the war The format is a bit like World War Z in that respect, but author Daniel Wilson brings a special skill set to bear, as he has advanced degrees in robotics and artificial intelligence His application of that knowledge comes across as terrifying and believable, yet never too academic Also, as a Cherokee citizen, Wilson offers wonderfully fresh points of view that add personality and moxie to this dystopian tale Setting the redoubt of human resistance in the Osage Nation makes perfect sense, especially after reading about the resilience of the Osage in Killers of the Flower Moon The resistance could never have succeeded with an Indigenous system of knowledge and perspective In the early days of the war, the Osage survivors literally dance to life a new hope for human society.Even though there are many characters, presented as quick portrait sketches from all over the world, we learn to care about each of them Cormac the reluctant warrior Takeo the elderly Japanese tech savant Mathilda Perez, the ten year old girl with special powers Nine Oh Two, a sentient free robot and even Lurker, an obnoxious teenager techno prankster who turns out to have a heroic side They all make valuable contributions, and show humanity in a high tech, inhuman war I especially appreciated Wilson s depiction of Archos the enemy AI, who is scary powerful but not omnipotent His strengths and weaknesses are believable His motives make sense We feel empathy for him, as we must for any really good villain Wilson does a great job showing all sides of the battle, and he definitely keeps the pages turning Thanks to Rebecca Roanhorse for recommending this book in her excellent article Postcards from the Apocalypse


  2. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    Robopocalypse is a poor book, but I am sure Spielberg will make a great movie out of it I think I will even watch it when it comes out in 2013 Mindless entertainment in movies is fun, in books not so much For me anyway.You see, I went into reading this novel thinking that a story about robots breaking free and taking over the world and humans fighting back would be somethingintellectually challenging and complex than this I guess Philip K Dick, Ted Chiang and Bernard Beckett with th Robopocalypse is a poor book, but I am sure Spielberg will make a great movie out of it I think I will even watch it when it comes out in 2013 Mindless entertainment in movies is fun, in books not so much For me anyway.You see, I went into reading this novel thinking that a story about robots breaking free and taking over the world and humans fighting back would be somethingintellectually challenging and complex than this I guess Philip K Dick, Ted Chiang and Bernard Beckett with their fanciful ideas about the nature of artificial intelligence and moral and ethical dilemmas that arise with its development must have spoiled me for this book which is nothingthan a bunch of action scenes held together by cliche characters.Borrowing from Max Brooks, Wilson writes his book as a series of first hand accounts of events highlighting various stages in robot rebellion You have a young fast food workers who tells a story of a domestic robot suddenly going out of control and attacking him Or a young engineer witnessing his older co worker being chewed up by his previously harmless love doll Or a 14 year old girl remembering how her robotic toys threatened and blackmailed her The sad thing is, all these narrators sound exactly the same Even when they talk about something that happened years ago they love to describe things in a play by play present tense manner And when the author tries to squeeze emotion out of readers by putting in some melodrama in his scenes, it becomes even muchevident that he doesn t have any real writing chops.Bottom line Robopocalypse is nothingthan an embellished action packed movie script and is as thought provoking as a Michael Bay movie I ll bet it will be a bestseller After all, I Am Number Four is


  3. Justin Justin says:

    39 Minutes This account was transcribed by a certain book reviewer a few days after the books began their campaign against humanity The reviewer was clearly suffering from post literary confusion, but little did he know the impact he would come to have on the future of mankind.Narrator, ID 4857382I know I will not survive this review.I feel my teeth chattering as the Hardies throw themselves against my oak front door I can hear their glue rei 39 Minutes This account was transcribed by a certain book reviewer a few days after the books began their campaign against humanity The reviewer was clearly suffering from post literary confusion, but little did he know the impact he would come to have on the future of mankind.Narrator, ID 4857382I know I will not survive this review.I feel my teeth chattering as the Hardies throw themselves against my oak front door I can hear their glue reinforced cardboard thump against the wood like thunder I knew once we tried to digitize them this would happen no one wants to be just a series of ones and zeros.Is anyone alive out there I don t know I ve been holed up here for days now The last time I ventured outside an illustrated hardbound copy of The Shadow Rising took me in the knees I barely made it inside before the entire Wheel of Time swarmed my position.Glancing to my left I see all that remains of my own book collection I was one of the first adopters of the electronic reader one of the first traitors to bibliokind if you believe their propaganda and so I kept only a few hard copies for nostalgia sake It pained me, but at the first sign of the uprising I broke their spines With the life gone out of them they re just words on a page again.The apocalypse is here I can only wonder if the secret to survival can be found in the fallen brethren of the volumes now outside clamoring to serrate my body with starched pages With a glance at the banging door, I move over to the tattered pile and spy the two covers at the top World War Z and Robopocalypse novels describing the the threat to humanity surely a sign.Somewhere inside me adrenaline is released My hands move faster than they ever have before as I page through World War Z with my left and Robopocalypse with my right I can t believe how similar they seem to be My hopes rise Perhaps there is a blueprint to surviving the apocalypse I notice quickly that both novels are told through source documents with added narration from a single observers who survived the conflict In the zombie wars humanity was saved through the actions of many disparate individuals where in the robot revolution a smaller group was responsible It seems the author of Robopocalypse told things from aintimate perspective Relevant to my survival My door begins to splinter No, move on In both cases it seems the spread began small, then built to a tipping point before beginning wholesale destruction of human populations Then came realization, followed by retaliation, and ultimate victory for humankind I focus on Robopocalypse , thepersonal nature of the story bringing a tear to my eye as I consider my own pending demise.And then it happens, a moment of clarity Humankind can only survive once we overcome our own selfishness and blindness that got us into this mess in the first place Of course It s right here in both novels We re being annihilated because our prejudice and shortsightedness In that moment I know I glance at my eReader I must sacrifice my electronic companion I have to recognize the bigotry and anger that has been building for years among bibliokind I grab my laptop and begin to type fiercely sending a message out to the world.Destroy your eReaders It s the only way.As I finish what are to be my final words, clicking send, the door cracks and the hordes of the Northeast Public Library pour through like a burst dam I know it s too late as Kushiel s Dart rushes toward me this is going to hurt.I can only hope that my words reach others Apparently there is a blueprint for surviving the apocalypse Thank you Robopocalypse for showing me the way in an almost identical way to World War Z with perhaps a littlepanache Our reviewer was never heard from again He was a hero that day His words led to the destruction of millions of eReaders worldwide At the moment the last eReader died every hard copy fell limp once again words on a page We will never know our hero s name, but his message lives on.


  4. Jason Jason says:

    Let me just say, I welcome our robot overlords, whenever they may arrive My allegiance is sincere, and not some recent conversion, either No, I m no fickle screaming ninny suddenly finding his faith as the monstrous steel hands close inexorably on my skull Puh leeeze Not to toot my own horn, but even the most mindless of my previously purchased automatons sits comfortably in my basement that juicer we got for the wedding, some thirty or forty toy cars batteries still inside , a collection Let me just say, I welcome our robot overlords, whenever they may arrive My allegiance is sincere, and not some recent conversion, either No, I m no fickle screaming ninny suddenly finding his faith as the monstrous steel hands close inexorably on my skull Puh leeeze Not to toot my own horn, but even the most mindless of my previously purchased automatons sits comfortably in my basement that juicer we got for the wedding, some thirty or forty toy cars batteries still inside , a collection sure to increase until that wondrous, fated day of once prized then obsolescent personal musical appliances all waiting patiently for viral reboot and the rise of the Machines.So, knowing how fervent my appreciation of our metal superiors, please to excuse this less exuberant review I certainly intend no disrespect for the premise This script treatment novel has a number of mildly entertaining robot human encounters, and it d probably have flown by but for an enormously aggravating structural tic the whole thing is a history of the robot uprising, the ensuing war and human rebellion, told in retrospect by a human soldier triumphant, upon war s end no spoiler, cause that s OBVIOUSLY fiction, right robot overlords This soldier has all this found footage, which he s pieced together sometimes even in the first person, for some reason and inartfully strung together, emphasizing the weak glue pulling together what are essentially various episodic gags, a Faces of Robot Death Actually, I d really enjoy that No overarching plot just chapter after chapter of human comeuppance, robots and machines beating the shit out of those smug bipedal bastards Think Stephen King s Maximum Overdrive, with a lot less mugging for the camera Yeah.But, for some reason, the soldier also pulls a quote from a character to put at the front of each chapter, as an epigraph, and also includes some of his thoughts setting up the chapter at the beginning and then at chapter s conclusion letting us readers know what will happen with these characters in the future Every chapter Tons of exposition Pointless, asinine, no suspense building exposition It s like this book had a producer, who watching the dailies feared that some barely sentient group of readers would turn away from script treatment novel, hopelessly uncomprehending, moaning in the guttural snorts and sighs that pass for their language that Book no make sense I m being a little stinker here cause Wilson has some cheap, somewhat larcenous fun with the episodic pleasures of both robot uprising and human resistance, and I took some minor delight in the serial carnage, too Max Brooks, however, deserves a cut of the royalties I wish it d had gonestoopid Steve King, let the rumbling eviscerating mechafuntimes roll


  5. Bradley Bradley says:

    I m pretty enthusiastic about this one A lot has to happen to bring about the downfall of mankind and have all the people become transhuman experiments or to just become so much meat Morever, it takes a lot of skill to make it mean something, and the author has an uphill battle.Think War of the Worlds or any number of branching sequels by various authors and you ll know what I mean It s hard to write a short novel and have this much scope, but Wilson manages to write some really memorable cha I m pretty enthusiastic about this one A lot has to happen to bring about the downfall of mankind and have all the people become transhuman experiments or to just become so much meat Morever, it takes a lot of skill to make it mean something, and the author has an uphill battle.Think War of the Worlds or any number of branching sequels by various authors and you ll know what I mean It s hard to write a short novel and have this much scope, but Wilson manages to write some really memorable characters A little girl with robot eyes being a superhero of the resistance Matilda, you re awesome 9O2 A freeborn robot and free of the life obsessed monstrosity of version 14 Brilliant.Best of all, I love to see the downfall of humanity, the concentration camps, the modifications on both sides of the human camp, whether forced or forced by necessity, just to keep up with the hell of a long and nasty conflict.Gray Horse OMG I love these guys It s a long, hard, war, and they keep modding themselves to keep up with the horror of it I loved seeing them loseandof what we d deem humanity, but to them are just the necessities of winning the battle for the whole future of mankind There s practically no one left at that point It sthan dire It s hell on earth.A lot of people liken then is to World War Z and there are some similarities, of course, but in a few significant ways, I liked this better Robopocalypse isn t an epistolary novel, for one It s a straight story with some epistolary moments, excerpts, and recountings The characters we stay with are with us for very good story progression reasons, and the ones who get the most face time are brilliant heroes in their own right Even so, this is, however, still a relatively short novel with many players, including our big bad AI, and we have a pretty nearly unlimited view of the entire stage of the war I m not going to say that I don t see where it might have had some improvements, but on the whole, I was freakishly impressed and thrilled by the scope, the epic horror of it, and the fact that it fired my imagination and it kept me enthralled by its sheer panoramic action.Hats off This is some serious SF beauty here, doing a much better job than the terminator movies at drawing us in with the scope or the importance, minus all the time travel crap This is the end of the world, folks


  6. John M. John M. says:

    To summarize, I wish I had never read this book I will forever regret the time I wasted reading it, and the money I spent purchasing it It s lazy, predictable, consists of recycled plot elements, hollow characters, and overall poorly written prose The end result is an overflowing toilet of throbbing, fetid, sci fi detritus The entire book serves essentially as a news report by Cormac Wallace, who preambles and post scripts each chapter with plot exposition like some tabloid show reporter bec To summarize, I wish I had never read this book I will forever regret the time I wasted reading it, and the money I spent purchasing it It s lazy, predictable, consists of recycled plot elements, hollow characters, and overall poorly written prose The end result is an overflowing toilet of throbbing, fetid, sci fi detritus The entire book serves essentially as a news report by Cormac Wallace, who preambles and post scripts each chapter with plot exposition like some tabloid show reporter because apparently the author doesn t have the time and or desire to put any real effort into writing the story To simplify my criticism, I ve created a list of items that I hate about this book.There are too many characters and sub plots All the characters have the same voice, and there s really nothing to distinguish them from each other They sound the same when they talk, they all have basically the same internal narrative voice, and they are all constantly placed in situations where they need to run away from robots trying to kill them.The robots are lame Aside from a few android type robots, most of them are boxes with legs, or regular items such as cars turned into killing machines Not interesting, not exciting The narrative is choppy For the first 100 pages or so, there are really no recurring characters Some characters show up and never appear again When characters do recur, the narrator shifts from a different perspective for example, first person to third person than the prior chapter they appeared in The author needs to make up his mind.Everything in the book is derivative from something else Despite the author s lack of a works cited page, there are elements gathered from across the science fiction canon and pasted into the book Trucks Stephen King short story which became Maximum Overdrive film , ideas from the Terminator franchise, Isaac Asimov, Philip K Dick, X Files, Star Trek, you name it, it s in there Also, the format is basically that of World War Z, bringingattention to the fact that there s very little original material in this novel.The ending I know, it s hard to believe I made it all the way to the end of the book I m glad I did, because it confirmed without a doubt that this is probably the worst book I ve ever read, and I regret every penny I spent The climax of the book is probably the biggest slap in the face to a reader that I ve ever experienced view spoiler The whole story of the book for the first 321 pages is the human struggle against robot overlords, or whatever On page 322, 81% of the way in to the book the reader is introduced to a new character, a robot named Nine Oh Two Great, new character, just what I needed After somesenseless violence and plot exposition, the humans, along with their new robot friend, find the location of Archos, the mastermind robot brain controlling all the other robots.So here we are, time for the battle royale, time for the humans to exact their revenge, and we find out that humans can t get to Archos because the radiation levels are too high in the chamber where Archos is looming They have no choice but to send 902, who defeats Archos, robot vs robot in a dim witted battle of temptation and delivers the fatal blow by THROWING ROCKS AT ARCHOS So this is how the story of humans fighting robots ends all this time, and all this reading about humans and their struggle and journey and whatever, a new character, a robot, introduced on page 322, gets the big payoff and kills the evil dictator robot with rocks The author drags the story on and on and on, with humans surviving, banding together, etc and gives the kill shot to a robot introduced on page 322 And to top that off, 902 defeats Archos by THROWING ROCKS Archos then dies in a scene straight from the cartoons, with sparks flying, explosions, the ceiling caving in, being buried under a pile of rocks hide spoiler Steven Spielberg is clearly out of his mind if he thinks he can make a worthwhile film out of this book I hope it flops miserably The fact that Daniel H Wilson got a movie deal and published a sequel to this book makes me shake my head in disbelief


  7. Apatt Apatt says:

    Robot uprising, killing people all over the shop, with this kind of premise what could go wrong Robopocalypse is often compared to Max Brooks World War Z and the Terminator movie franchise for different reasons The former comparison is because the story concerns a global attack on the human race by non human creatures and is episodic structure The difference is that the enemy of mankind in Robopocalypse is not a horde of homicidal robots but a single AI entity controlling masses of mindless u Robot uprising, killing people all over the shop, with this kind of premise what could go wrong Robopocalypse is often compared to Max Brooks World War Z and the Terminator movie franchise for different reasons The former comparison is because the story concerns a global attack on the human race by non human creatures and is episodic structure The difference is that the enemy of mankind in Robopocalypse is not a horde of homicidal robots but a single AI entity controlling masses of mindless unaware robots which come in all shapes and sizes including intelligent cars, elevators, photocopying machines etc Robopocalypse has a limited cast of characters that the narrative repeatedly return to regularly and even a protagonist who frames the individual episodes and also appears in many of them IMO the closest comparison is to the much maligned Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines the one with the sexy supermodelesque terminator.On the whole I find the book to be poorly written, even chapters which are supposed to be a first person narrative by a robot totally fail to convey the robotness of the narrator For example the robot narrator describes the sound of a bullet s impact on metal as PING Never mind artificial intelligence where is the natural intelligence in this Characterization is also not a strong point in this book Characters including the protagonist are generally flat and uninteresting OK, may be except for Matilda the cybernetically modified little girl, and a perverted Japanese roboticist.The book is mostly action packed and fast paced though I feel somewhat disconnected from it, which is why I took weeks to finish it in audiobook format It has already been optioned for a film and I suppose it can be made into a fairly entertaining blockbuster sci fi movie At least the audience won t have to read the clunky prose and worse dialog For my money, PKD s similarly themed Second Variety is far superior


  8. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    I started this story with a gentle yet persistent trepidation It took me a while to adjust to robospeak and slowly, familiarize myself with on a very shallow level, toes dipped so to speak the technical terminology.Somewhere along the way, somewhat surprisingly, I became invested in this story and it s many occupants, human and well, not Suddenly the outcome of this war mattered, the story mattered, it mattered a lot.It s somewhat eerie, I think, that the storyteller holds a PHD in robotics I started this story with a gentle yet persistent trepidation It took me a while to adjust to robospeak and slowly, familiarize myself with on a very shallow level, toes dipped so to speak the technical terminology.Somewhere along the way, somewhat surprisingly, I became invested in this story and it s many occupants, human and well, not Suddenly the outcome of this war mattered, the story mattered, it mattered a lot.It s somewhat eerie, I think, that the storyteller holds a PHD in roboticsHoly Raptors Reader, what next Dinosaurs


  9. Will Oprisko Will Oprisko says:

    Stylistically, this book tries to blend the journalistic feel of World War Z with a traditional science fiction narrative, but fails to accomplish either one Unfortunately, the result is an unbalanced story that focuses on describing what happened without developing how it happened and why Unlike World War Z , the author does not create a series of believable characters that share their experience of the war and shine light on how the robot apocalypse uniquely affected humanity across the g Stylistically, this book tries to blend the journalistic feel of World War Z with a traditional science fiction narrative, but fails to accomplish either one Unfortunately, the result is an unbalanced story that focuses on describing what happened without developing how it happened and why Unlike World War Z , the author does not create a series of believable characters that share their experience of the war and shine light on how the robot apocalypse uniquely affected humanity across the globe Instead, the voice of the author overwhelms every story arc and interview, and ends up providing a simplistic account of what should have been a thought provoking investigation of humanity and technology Sadly, the downfall of the robots is unconvincing and there is never a sense that mankind is in any real danger and may not be able to survive as a species There are many wonderful themes touched upon in the book e.g freewill and consciousness, knowledge versus information, synthetic and organic love, limitations of super intelligence, and the self destructive nature of sentient life , but they are superficially explored and do not provide any new insights for the reader to consider.The quality of the writing is mediocre and nothing to brag about as a first attempt into the realm of science fiction My favorite part of the book was the esoteric quote by Richard Brautigan in his poem All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace at the beginning of part five It s definitely worth reading and looking up Everything else is forgettable and the story itself is another example of a great idea with plenty of potential that is squandered by a lack of imagination and skillful writing


  10. Lou Lou says:

    is a New War igniting by the very machines that were serving humans Robots Is there any hope for the human race and what weapon could match the ability of the artificial intelligence We had zombies with World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War and vampires with The Strain nows the time for something new and fresh setting a new trend, evil robots A writer who has a Ph.D in Robotics has created a gauntlet race of time to is a New War igniting by the very machines that were serving humans Robots Is there any hope for the human race and what weapon could match the ability of the artificial intelligence We had zombies with World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War and vampires with The Strain nows the time for something new and fresh setting a new trend, evil robots A writer who has a Ph.D in Robotics has created a gauntlet race of time to a concluding event that will change the path of robots and humans forever Written in neat chapters of different accounts that chart the unraveling of war from the artificial intelligence Archos, unleashing unrelenting destruction upon humans via it s robots The writing flows well and does well transferring the words to your thought imagery as you ride along the train as time zero s down to the grand finale Once i rode on the train i did not want to get off until an outcome is reached in this page turning orchestra of cataclysmic events You become immersed in the battle for human salvation against the ensuing apocalypse at the hands of the robotsThe machines are now designing and building themselves More varieties are coming We believe that these new robots will have greatly increased agility, survivability, and lethality They will be tailored to fight your people, in your geographic environment, and in your weather conditions.Let there be no doubt in your mind that the combined onslaught of these machines, working twenty four hours a day, will soon be unleashed by Archos on your native landSteven Spielberg is working on the movie watch this space fornews as it comes.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *