Tuesday, July 5, 2011
A review from our self proclaimed coolest and most awesome customer, Pascal Julien:
Sometimes, in our busy lives, it’s almost a necessity to bother ourselves with the fantastic, the paranormal, and better yet, the almost-could-be. If you like a thrilling tale with loads of action, philosophy, and human stupidity, then Robopocalypse is definitely the right novel for you.
Set in a not-so-distant future earth, the novel relates the downfall of humanity at the hands of an artificial intelligence. Taking advantage of the autonomous A.I. function on most robots (which range from humanoids, to cars, and even tanks), a rogue super-intelligence usurps all electronically controlled devices and transform them into weapons against their human oppressors. Now humanity is in a struggle to survive this unwonted uprising and must defy all odds against an impossibly ruthless opponent. A chilling view of the future, Robopocalypse relates the emotional weakness of human society clashing soundlessly against the cold, hard steel of the robot network. Using different narratives, the story propels itself by the various characters that demonstrate the evolved human ability to adapt.
I recommend this book to those who are convinced (and to those who need further convincing) that we are surrounded by potential death-machines who will eradicate our pitiful race sometime later-on in the not-so-distant future. It’s an easy read and you won’t be reaching for a dictionary when the action starts, so whether you’re in America, Japan or even in Afghanistan, know that the robots are coming and we need to prepare for them (with tin-foil hats, maybe…).
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