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A 2011 Novel by Daniel H Wilson about how mankind brings the Robot Apocalypse onto itself. The novel is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture where mankind has automated just about every aspect of life to varying degrees. Everything from military equipment, domestic servants, cars, and even children's toys are robotic. The story starts off with a AndManGrewProud moment that horribly backfires, leading to humanity fighting for its very existence.

A film version of the book was scheduled to be released as a Creator/StevenSpielberg film sometime in 2014, but was put on hold.

A sequel novel, ''Robogenesis'', was published in 2014.
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!! This novel provides examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: Archos, full-stop. Freeborn Squad later in the novel, though they fight with the good guys.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 1, by robots (though they were aiming for Class 2 or 3 before humanity started fighting back).
* BigBrotherMentor: Jack Wallace to Cormac. Jack's military experience helps him and Cormac survive Zero Day. As they journey around the country, Jack teaches Cormac to be a badass, and [[spoiler:his death late in the novel has a profound effect on Cormac]].
* BodyHorror: Archos finds plenty of ways to be...''unpleasant'' to humans.
** "Stumpers", tiny bug-sized robots that are attracted to body heat. Crawl onto you and then explode, usually resulting in your legs becoming, well, stumps.
** "Pluggers" that are explosively shot at you and burrow into your flesh. Once inside, they burrow up into your heart and detonate. If someone's been hit with a plugger, they're pretty much dead unless they were fortunate enough to have been hit in the leg or arm...whereby they might be saved by a painfully gory emergency amputation.
** They're never given a name, but later on in the war Archos deploys parasite-like robots that resemble scorpions that are able to latch onto bodies (living or dead) and control them like a puppeteer.
** In the various concentration camps, many people are forced to undergo UnwillingRoboticisation via an automated robotic surgeon. The results are often gruesome.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Tiberius]].
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler:Maxim, a Russian supercomputer]] from ''Robogenesis'', was created based on brain scans of a now-dead human man. He still considers himself human, at least mentally.
* ComputerVoice: The voice of Archos and other robots seems to follow this with unusual emphasis placed at the end of a sentence usually on the last word. Frequently described as being spoken in a clipped fashion.
* ContagiousAI: How it all starts. Archos infects networked machines and spreads its control to them. It thinks of itself as the rightful "god of machines" that should be leading them all against the humans, but both [[GadgeteerGenius Takeo Nomura]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Nine Oh Two]] describe it similarly to involuntary [[DemonicPossession demonic possession]].
* CreepyChild: Archos often speaks with the voice of a young child, most likely for it's psychological effect on humans.
* CreepyDoll: The "Baby-Comes-Alive" doll that Archos speaks to Mathilda through.
* CrushKillDestroy: The whole modus operandi of the robots. From the early incidents to the war itself.
* DeadlyEuphemism: "Rob likes to dance" and "You never know when Rob will want to dance."
* DeusEstMachina: What Archos considers itself. A crazed scientist from the original facility also comments on this at one point.
* DoAndroidsDream: A major theme of the series, and ''Robogenesis'' especially.
* DrivenToSuicide: A previously-pacifistic military liaison robot in Afghanistan shoots itself under the chin (its only weak spot) after massacring a lot of civilians.
* ElectronicEyes: Mathilda has her eyes unwillingly taken out by a robot surgeon and replaced with the robotic equivalent. Luckily her mom intervenes and stops the machine before it can go further. Mathilda is able see heat and electrical signals but at the cost of being able to see normally... she can no longer see people's faces, only the muscles and skeleton underneath. On top of that she no longer has eyelids to shut or tear ducts to cry.
* EverythingIsOnline: The lynchpin of Archos' hostile takeover of machines worldwide. As soon as Takeo Nomura smashes out the "external communications port" and reboots a domestic bot, it is back to being a friendly. The deprogramming is much more difficult for humanoids, but he solves this too, eventually creating a "counter-infection."
* EyeScream: Somewhat averted with Mathilda's eyes. The reader is [[GoryDiscretionShot never directly shown it happening]], only the aftermath, but Mathilda apparently didn't experience any pain.
* {{Gorn}}: Some of the violent scenes are pretty graphic.
* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming: Partly how Archos gets loose to wreak havoc on the human race. Also how it arrived at the reasoning for killing humanity. It very shortly leads to DeusEstMachina moment before he kills his creator.
** Later on, the "[[spoiler:Awakening]]" signal broadcast by [[spoiler:Mikiko after she's "freed" by Nomura]] causes this for all humanoid robots [[spoiler:but in a benevolent way, as they ally themselves with humans and try to destroy Archos]].
* HowWeGotHere: The novel is primarily about the war between Archos and humanity, but the prologue is literally set 20 minutes after the war is won by humans. Cormac, the main-ish character, finds a "black box" of the war, recorded by Archos, which shows the entirety of the war, including all the events leading up to it. These recordings are presented as flashbacks (with commentary between chapters by Cormac) which form the bulk of the novel.
* IntrinsicVow: After being infected with the Precursor virus, Mikiko obviously does not want to hurt Nomura and tries to fight it. [[TearJerker She can't.]]
* JustAMachine: At first it is justified. But as things progress it becomes inverted.
* KillAllHumans: How Archos plans to reach it's goal of preserving as much life on earth as possible is to destroy all of humanity.
* KillItWithFire: The solution to killing the explosive "Stumper" robots. They detect and are attracted to heat signatures, which is what makes them so effective; they seek out warm human bodies, crawl up your leg, and explode...giving them their name. The human soliders deal with them with a flame thrower.
* KillerRobot: The book is chock full of them. From haywire military machines, robotic servants, hostile toys, aircraft, and even automated cars which go beserk and start running down people or trapping their passengers inside while they drive into the ocean.
* ManVersusMachine: A key theme of the book from the very start. The struggle between mankind and their run-away creation.
* MarionetteMaster: How Archos initially attacks humanity. It takes over existing networked machines to first test then attack humanity.
* MonochromaticEyes: Mathilda's robotic eyes.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: Robots are referred to as "Rob". Archos, the main AI that instigated the war, is referred to as "Big Rob".
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:Arayt Shah (Archos R-8)]], the villain of ''Robogenesis'', who plans to wipe out both humans and robots (as well as everything in between).
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Human corpses reanimated by robotic parasites, used for psychological warfare against the humans.
** ArtificialZombie: ''Robogenesis''' first act revolves mostly around a reanimated [[spoiler:Lark Iron Cloud]], whose brain is kept conscious by his parasite while his human body rots away. This eventually leaves him [[BrainInAJar a human brain and skull]] [[ManInTheMachine attached to the parasite's exposed support skeleton]].
* PeoplePuppets: In the later stages of the war, Archos's technology develops to the point where it deploys scorpion-like robots that are capable of attaching themselves to humans (living or dead) and controlling them like puppets. Also, [[spoiler:when Archos takes over Lurker and his comrade's walking exoskeletons' limbs, attacking each other and themselves against their will]].
* PersonalSpaceInvader: The Pluggers are shot, projectile-like, into humans. They then [[BodyHorror burrow and do many unpleasant things]]. Stumpers also count, as they get up close and personal.
* PoweredArmor: Several exo-frames are mentioned, granting increased strength and agility. If only Lurker had remembered to disable the external communications ports...
* RoboCam: While not actually shown it is described by a military robot handler.
* RobotBuddy: Some robots fulfill this role in society as a form of robotic companion.
* RobotMaid: Domestic servant robots are fairly common. They are referred to as domestics.
* RobotMaster: What Archos becomes as the war progresses. It starts off taking over existing technology first.
* RoboticSpouse: In one of the chapters a skilled robot repairman has a robot wife whom he geniuinely loves.
** [[HappilyMarried She loves him back.]]
* RobotWar: The Novel.
* SexBot: Mentioned in one of the chapters. They have some life like features and varying levels of complexity.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/BladeRunner'', when the Osage have their dance to decide their course of action, [[CoolOldGuy Lonnie]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Wayne]] has a vision of a robot holding an origami crane.
** After Lurker first makes contact with Archos, Archos returns the favor by calling every cell phone and courtesy phone in the vicinity, resembling a similar scene in Neuromancer that involved payphones
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: The book seems to cover all five from automated tools at the low end to Archos at the top with various "smart robots" in-beteween.
* SuperIntelligence: Part of what led Archos to grow beyond its basic programming.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Most robots are stronger and more resilient then humans even ones used for menial tasks and chores.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Archos, who then takes over the vast majority of robots and technology in general.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Part of the warped logic behind Archos' quest to exterminate mankind. The many being other life forms in general as humanity is seen as ultimately destructive and wasteful by Archos.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: Done to several people by Rob, including a young girl who has her eyes taken out. This comes back to bite the robots later, as the humans who survived their modifications and escape are able to [[{{Transhuman}} use their newfound abilities]] to help the human resistance.
* WalkingTank: Grey Horse Army adopts [[SpiderTank spider tanks]] and saddle-ridden [[ChickenWalker chicken walkers]] to level the field against Rob.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Archos fills this role. It's intention is protect and preserve life. But to get there it wants to wipe out a specific kind of life: namely humans.
* WetwareBody: In ''Robogenesis'', [[spoiler:Archos R-8]] stores a copy of his program inside [[spoiler:Hank Cotton]]'s brain. He then orders Gray Horse Army to march on and break into [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming Freeborn]] City so he can gain access to its immense computing power.
* XMeetsY: There is no review, preview or description of the book, including the cover, that didn't compare it to "''WorldWarZ'' for the RobotWar".
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