Monday, September 16, 2013
I liked the formatting of the book. I'm drawn to books where authors use formats other than straight narrative - emails, transcripts, interviews, etc. I didn't find any of the characters particularly deep or dynamic, but I don't think that's what the author was going for. If you're reading a book about the robot apocalypse you probably know you're not going to be getting lots of interior monologue and character development.
It took a while for the book to really pull me in, but once it had my attention I was hooked. I liked the way the author had us follow the same cast of characters in various world-wide locations as the attacks progressed and they were forced to fight to survive. Obviously, we're talking lots of action and a fair amount of tech talk. I don't consider myself a techie by any stretch of the imagination, but I was able to follow the story with no problems, although I did find my attention wandering during the more in-depth technological descriptions.
No issues, but also no raves. I thought the narrator did a fine job and I appreciated that he kept his voices simple for the most part.
I think it will appeal to a certain audience: science fiction readers, dystopia fans, those who enjoy technology in their fiction, maybe some fantasy fans. I don't think it's something that is going to jump out at the average reader, however. I enjoyed it, though, and definitely recommend it to my fellow geeks.
Posted by Julie G at 3:20 PM