CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #30: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
I’m so sick of hearing about the damn Zombie apocalypse. Zombies are supernatural and there is absolutely no chance in Hell that they will ever roam the Earth. There, I said it. Shut up about it. I’m so tired of zombie-themed EVERYTHING. The real threat is robots and technology. Have you seen The Matrix? The Terminator movies? Battlestar Galactica??? The robots want to overthrow their human overlords and enslave us and we keep making it easier for them!
Robopocalypse uses the “found footage” trope that has become popular in film with The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. It has also been used in novels, most notably, World War Z, which I have previously reviewed for the CBR. In both novels it works.
Robopocalypse starts at the end of the Human/Robot war that nearly destroyed humanity. Humans are clearing out the last outposts of Archos, the super-intelligent computer that attempted to wipe us out. They find a file that contains the beginning of the robots rise to power, leading up to Zero Hour, when the robots actively try to destroy humanity. Everything turns against us, even cars, which are almost fully automated.
I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book. The slow but steady increase in robot violence against humans, and a little girl’s toys coming to life and threatening her and her family were creepy. Zero Hour was flat-out terrifying. The last part of the book lagged, but overall, it was good read.