Robogenesis: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson
Release Date - June 2014
Daniel H. Wilson
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
One of the hardest things I face when reviewing a book is dealing with a sequel when I didn't read the first book. That's the case with Robogenesis. This is a time when I felt I really needed to have read the series from the start.
Robogenesis takes place after a war between alien intelligence (AI), specifically the mastermind behind it all, Archos 14, and humans. Some of the survivors return for this new book sharing the story of what happens next. Not only are they trying to rebuild the world, but there are issues presenting themselves that threaten mankind's existence. The part-human, part-robot creations of Archos 14 aren't happy with things and there's a new robotic creature proving to be a big threat. What's to become of the world is truly undecided.
The story is told from the viewpoints of Cormac (human), Mathilda (half-human, half-robot), and Lark Iron Cloud (a zombie-like robot). Having no prior knowledge of the battles they faced in Roboapocalpyse, I felt lost. That ended up being a shame because the writing itself was exquisite. It was really descriptive and flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next.
I'd like to give Robogenesis another chance, but I'm going to do so after reading the first book in the series.