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ROBOPOCALYPSE by Dan Wilson, Ph.D.



From the mind of Dan Wilson, Ph.D., author of such works as How to Survive a Robot Uprising and Bro-Jitsu: the Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, comes Robopocalypse; an oral retelling of the global robotic takeover.

The book takes us through the history of the robot war – from the inception of the robot virus, to the robot uprising, the human uprising and the aftermath.  The story is told through a number of different voices – from people who were key to certain movements within the crisis.

Before I picked up the book, I skimmed through some reader reviews. A common complaint was that the story was too similar to World War Z.  At first when I started reading the book, I thought the same, but as the story progressed, the similarities seemed few.

There are similar concepts between the two books; both tell stories of the end of the world and both provide a collection of perspectives.  At least to me, that’s just about where the similarities end.

WWZ gives you a wide range of tales spanning the globe in order to paint this landscape of what the world would look like post-zombie invasion.  It is a divergent outlook.

Robopocalypse is different in that you have a handful of storytellers, concentrated within the United States, strung together with a more conventional narrative.  Compared to WWZ, the direction is more convergent.  It is not necessarily told to draw that grand picture that World War Z seeks to do, but rather tell you more of a singular story.  The number of perspectives broadens the reach.  In that sense, the storytelling style is more similar to Generation A than WWZ

I know a lot of people enjoyed WWZ, so unfortunately, I fall into the minority of folks that didn’t really enjoy it.  I prefer just a straight up story, with a linear narrative.  I didn’t care so much for the broad strokes of which that story employed.  And so conversely, I enjoyed Robopocalypse.  Admittedly, it took a number of chapters before I got into the story.  It wasn’t until I realized that it had a smaller scope that I started to enjoy the book more.  The story isn’t the greatest and it won’t blow you away, but it’s a fun take on the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic genre.

Interestingly enough, both books after their release were optioned by movie studios.  We should be seeing World War Z next year, and Robopocalypse (helmed by Steven Spielberg!) is slated for a 2014 release.  We’ll see in a few years what makes for a better movie.

But until that day, later geeks!

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