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Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

“You humans are biological machines designed to create ever more intelligent tools. You have reached the pinnacle of your species…where you have fulfilled the destiny of humankind and created your successor. You have expired.” – Archos

At the end of the “New War,” Cormac Wallace of the Gray Horse Army unearths something inexplicable: a black box much like those on airplanes buried in the ground by the artificial intelligence that was the backbone of the robotic uprising around the globe. In this black box, Archos the 14th captured moments leading up to “Zero Hour” and beyond; honoring the human race it sought to destroy by studying the initial responses when machine turned on man and chronicling humanity’s attempts to wipe out the robot army bent on extermination.

Wallace calls it the Hero Archive. He painstakingly translates the data in the box into a chronicle so that everyone “will know that humanity carried the flame of knowledge into the terrible blackness of the unknown, to the very brink of annihilation…and we carried it back.”

Daniel H. Wilson creates a chilling futuristic novel with Robopocalypse. Set in the near future,  Wilson describes a society that has built a race of machines and robots to function as servants and tools in just about every aspect of the modern human world. Some are utensils designed to operate without supervision. Some are very human looking, designed to function as maids and aides for families. Some are just children’s toys. But one thing they all have in common is their ability to tie into a data network, one that is compromised and taken over by a malevolent artificial intelligence. This AI “sets the robots free” and arms them with tools and weapons for the sole purpose of wiping the human race out. What this AI does not understand is that humanity is not designed to surrender.

Robopocalypse is a fantastic and bloodcurdling portrayal of what could happen if humanity continues to play god with its creations.

Rating: 5/5

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature. She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer as well as a full-time researcher/investigator in the sign industry. Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio enjoying the beauty of life with her children and grandchildren.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Doubleday. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.