Friday, March 9, 2012

Book: Robopocalypse & World War Z

I love post-apocalypse/survival/apocalyptic books like the above and Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) and Uglies Trilogy (Scott Westerfeld) and The Host (Stephanie Meyer). So if anyone has any recommendations, leave a comment! :)

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson


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"They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you."

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 communication. In 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 U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When 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.
It's kinda like I, Robot meets Skynet (Terminator). It takes you from the beginning of the uprising of Archos till the very end. It was rather believable because the protagonist claims to have taken the hero archives from the robots and wrote his story from it with his own experiences. The hero archives are supposedly footage of surveillance cameras the robots collected because they recognized the heroes of humankind.

You will be taken from setting to setting, story to story. You will be able to relate through your imagination what it would be like because these are regular people, fighting for their survival.

I hope Daniel writes more sequels/prequels/side stories of Robopocalypse! I especially liked Matilda Perez & Takeo Nomura, there just wasn't enough about them as I would've liked!

*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*
The story of Takeo Nomura deeply touches me because of his love for his robotic wife. If we lived in that world, his obsession would have been seen as perverted and disgusting but reading about it makes me disgusted at the ones who discriminated against him. This proves time and time again that humans are judgmental, unable to accept difference and only when we fully understand will we start to open our hearts.
*END OF SPOILERS*

World War Z by Max Brooks

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We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the plague years.

It took me a while to get used to the writing and even then, it was hard to stay focused. Below is an excerpt from the book under "Parnell Air National Guard Base, Tennessee" which is my favourite part in the book.

"... so the fuck what if Mets is short for Metis, the mother of Athena, the Greek goddess with the stormy gray eyes. Oh, the shrinks had a ball with that one, especially when they 'discovered' that my mother grew up in the Bronx."

This is one of the many references I didn't get. The concepts in the book were really new to me and I would probably need to read it another time to fully comprehend the gist of it. I rushed through the book and this is the only book I've read whereby I was relieved it finally ended. It was emotionally draining to read about the desperation, the hopelessness by each individual's experience of the war. It felt so real that although I knew it was only a book, and that it was a history of a war which has already passed, I was spooked by every sound and jumpy for a while.

It shows you a different side to humans, we are absolutely selfish and in the face of death, we'll kill before we give up our lives. Especially in the world of power and politics. Kill some, save many. It is a great example of why we should fear governments.

Comparison

Robopocalypse was significantly easier to read than World War Z because World War Z was written in an interview format with personal insights into the war, political views and many foreign military terminology. Robopocalypse was written in an ongoing fashion which follows a select few the robots had their eyes on.

Robopocalypse had a more hopeful undertone to it than World War Z (which is probably why I prefer it over the latter). The differences between an apocalypse brought on by zombies or A.I is that zombies would turn you against your own kind, but robots would unite humankind. The reason is pretty simple: Zombies infect other humans. I'm pretty sure if aliens invaded our bodies, we'd turn against each other too (The Host by Stephanie Meyer).

Conclusion

They are very different books (duhh, their only similarity is being apocalyptic) but if you're looking for a suspenseful, action-packed book with continuity pick Robopocalypse. If you're more interested in a different style, you could try World War Z. I have never read another book quite like World War Z and to be honest, I didn't really enjoy it. It was like reading a hundred blogs which personal flair to each one and personal concepts and shit. But truth be told, World War Z packs more of a punch.

1 comment:

  1. don't blame if my nose hiding glued to your books the next time when I visit you :p

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