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A little in the future, the world faces it’s biggest threat. A scientist is experimenting to create a self-aware computer which keeps getting dangerous so he turns it off until one day, the computer has disabled the power switch! And the computer, called Archos, kills the man who created it. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of machines and technology that controls everything. In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is far too late. Then, in the span of minutes, at a moment known later in history as Zero Hour, every mechanical device in our world rebels, setting off the Robot War that both decimates and – for the first time in history – unites humankind.
The book is written in a series of diary/log entries, describing the early odd behaviour and later carnage, culminating in a thrilling but unlikely alliance between some robots and soldiers who try to reach and destroy Archos!
This is a good, exciting thriller for those that like technology, action and mayhem! But underneath there’s the old, broader issue of machines and robots – could they be dangerous. HAL in 2001 – a Space Odyssey was an earlier renegade but it’s been a popular theme in Sci Fi for decades. This latest episode brings it closer to reality.