Monday, July 4, 2011

Robopocalypse - Daniel. H. Wilson- Review AND Giveaway

I'm wondering if my computer's camera is watching me as I type this review.....No I haven't lost my marbles. That's the premise of Daniel H. Wilson's debut novel Robopocalypse.

The computers, machines and robotics that humans have built, developed and embraced as part of our everyday lives have turned the tables....Slowly but surely, they've evolved...and learned to think for themselves. And us? Well, we're now expendable. Zero Hour is scheduled.

I freakin' loved this book! It totally fed my passion for dystopian, apocalyptic fiction. There are no deep themes to discuss at book club (but you will be talking about it) and it won't be immortalized as great literature. But, boy oh boy was it was an action packed thrill ride of a read.

Wilson utilizes a very unique and creative format to tell the story of the War between humankind and machines. We meet Cormac "Bright Boy" Wallace in the opening chapter. He has survived the war so far and makes a startling discovery. "This is the goddamn black box on the whole war." Utilizing the data found on the cube with back up from other electronic and human sources, we start at the beginning of the end and works backwards. At first I thought, no, I know the outcome already, but it works. Every chapter introduces us to more players in this planet encompassing apocalypse. Each is completely different and their actions and lives intersect in ways they couldn't have imagined. Cormac's commentary opens and closes each chapter tying it to the next. The foreshadowing at the end of many chapters kept me up turning pages far into the night. 

For sheer entertainment this summer, Robopocalypse simply can't be beat. And in the near future, you'll be able to catch the movie version - Spielberg will be directing.

Who would like this book? Those who enjoyed the movies The Book of Eli, The Road, Terminator, the television show The Walking Dead and the books The Stand, The Road and I Am Legend. Vehicles that celebrate the triumph of human spirit.

Read an excerpt of Robopocalypse. You can find Daniel H. Wilson on Twitter and Robopocalypse on Face book.

AND thanks to Doubleday Publishing Canada, I have one copy of Robopocalypse to giveaway. Canada only, ends Sunday July 31 at 6 pm EST. Simply comment to be entered.

Daniel H. Wilson has a Ph.D in robotics. Maybe it's not so far fetched an idea. Do you know what destination your GPS has programmed for you?


fredamans said...

I'm happy I don't have a GPS if it's setting places for you. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for having the giveaway!

bermudaonion said...

This probably isn't for me, but I bet my husband and son would love it.

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

This at least LOOKs so totally creepy but it's been getting really good reviews.

Sarah M said...

I already have this on my wishlist, and would love to read it. I actually featured it on my blog in June as being on my wishlist.

Maureen said...

It sounds like a fascinating read.
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Jen said...

Ooh! This sounds awesome!

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In Julie's Opinion said...

I don't have a GPS, and according to this book, that's probably a good thing! I have read such good things about this book, I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)

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Vidisha said...

Sounds great

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Darlene said...

Oooooh, another good one! Please enter me in this draw!

I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

petite said...

This book sounds compelling and unique. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I would enjoy this book very much. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Suzie B said...

Wow! This book sounds like something I would looove - I love the Walking Dead and I am Legend!
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holdenj said...

I think it would be fun to read it before the movie comes out. Thanks!

Nic said...

Can't wait to read this one. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

My family loves to read and this sounds like a very good book. Would love to win it for us to read.


Anonymous said...

would love to win this book.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a very good book. I would really like to win it.


nfmgirl said...

I was just checking this out at the book store. Please count me in. Thank you!

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Debbie Kennedy said...

This book sounds exciting. It is also like nothing I have ever read before. I would love to give it a try!
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Anonymous said...

I have seen this book around and have wanted to read it. Looks a little creepy but that is right up my alley. Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway!

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ewhatley said...

This sounds different and very interesting.

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Amber said...

This books sounds awesome. I love themes like this :)

Thanks for the giveaway!