Reading The Rainbow: Book 1
Author: Daniel H. Wilson
I am one of ten people that really liked Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the much panned by critics 2003 sequel to the earlier Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Sure it had Nick Stahl, who I don’t think has bathed since the 1990’s and an almost too feisty Claire Danes, but the movie held a simple truth to me: The rise of the machines is inevitable, what matters is human survival.
Robopocalypse was a book in the same vein, and possibly better executed than Rise of the Machines. The book starts out at the end of the Robot-Human war, where Cormac Wallace, a soldier and a central figure in the novel, is transcribing a series of events that the Robots had on a “black box” type of device of humans the Robots felt were crucial to winning the war. Each event starts out with a quote from one of that particular event’s central characters, and Wilson’s book starts out from isolated incidents that occur before the uprising, all the way through Zero Hour and obviously through the end of the war.
The problems start as always with an over enthusiastic scientist trying to make a sentient computer program named Archos. This is never a good idea, are you listening to me computer people, heck medical scientists too. Trying to create a sentient computer program, or an injection that increases a person’s strength and agility never turns out well. You end up with Skynet, Zombies and/or Vampires. Every single time.
I thought this book was fantastic, but I did have problems with it. First and foremost, the Robots are like The Borg, from Star Trek in this book. They want to create human-robot hybrids (which isn’t nearly as sexy as it sounds), which, I never get in any science fiction. If you view something as lesser and want to destroy it, why do you want to make it a part of yourself. Secondly, I have a hard time swallowing the idea that during a robot uprising, only about six people were really important to its downfall. There’s very little talk of people who were just hiding out and surviving. Everyone that survived was the best of the best of the best, which while I do fully believe in survival of the fittest, there’s also survival of the luckiest, and none of the characters in Robopocalypse, seemed all that lucky.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Categories: Native American