Category: Robots

I am cutting it so, so close here. As it turns out I might not be as over being sick as I’d thought and I’ve been more than kind of exhausted all day. It’s all good though. I really want to talk about spoiler-y bits for this one, but this isn’t the place for it. So, here’s Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones. Enjoy!

FNaF The Twisted Ones cover

It’s been a year since they went back to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. It’s been a year since a serial killer in a rabbit suit nearly killed them all. Time has passed and Charlie’s friends have moved on with their lives. Her friends have, but recently a body has been found with disturbingly familiar injuries. Sometimes the past doesn’t want to stay buried. The restaurant has been closed for years but evil is open for business.

Starting out a year after The Silver Eyes, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones gives us a lot of possibilities but has a tendency towards not following through on them. There’s some really cool set up for character study with Charlie taking robotics courses and working towards building what seems like a learning artificial intelligence. There were threads that could have easily taken that to showing our heroine as a mirror to both her father and also William Afton, the villain.  Or more could have been done with the connection she felt with her long lost, most likely long dead, twin Sammy. The murder plot could have done with more focus as long as the authors focused in on one thread for any length of time.

The Twisted Ones did a number of things that I had wanted from the first book. It maintains the cheesy horror movie feel of the first book while also feeling much less anchored to the games, both good things. The cast not knowing just what is causing these new animatronics to hunt people and needing to figure that out was a cool concept.  The cast is a lot smaller, so everyone gets more screen time. It’s a lot of possibilities that were improvements but could have been more.

More page time doesn’t necessarily mean more development. That might have actually taken a slide. We still focus mostly on Charlie and what’s going on with her now that she’s been back to Freddy’s and remembered her twin. She’s into robotics, which worries her friend and roommate Jessica, because she doesn’t want Charlie to fall down the same rabbit hole her father or Afton did. She might be into returning love interest John, but there’s also a missing twin and killer robots, so maybe not. John is definitely into her, but also there’s killer robots and she might be more interested in what’s going on with them than dating. Or class. Or really anything else at the moment. What I’m saying is that Charlie wound up a bit flat and, as a consequence, so did a lot of The Twisted Ones’ run time. I did appreciate the other characters’ reactions to Charlie’s actions throughout, those rang a lot more true.

The thing is, I didn’t dislike The Twisted Ones. It wasn’t the best book I’ve read recently and it was really easy to get tired of due to feeling really padded and monotonous. But the cheese was so real, it was like a B-movie when it’s all over. I’m left more interested in the third book in the series due to having ideas about how Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley are going to make it work. Plus, it had a really excellent final line.

So, all told, this isn’t a good book, but it was also entertaining enough that I’m interested in the next one. The characters are a little flat, particularly our heroine, but I’m invested enough to want to see what happens to them. So I’m giving Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Twisted Ones a three out of five.



So, as I said yesterday, I’m looking at posting more often maybe about those odd bits that I’ve noticed while reading maybe just about books in general.  Who knows.  On to the review though.

The robots took over.  They knew where we lived and how we acted.  They knew how much we relied on them and how vulnerable we were.  They didn’t count on us putting up a fight when our backs were to the walls.  The robot war is over, we won.  But what happened leading up to zero hour?  Who struggled to survive a world run by machines gone mad?  These are stories of those who fought for humanity as recorded by big Rob itself and transcribed by one of the heroes of the robot war.

I wanted to review Daniel Wilson’s Robopocalypse because it sounded a lot like Max Brooks’ World War Z but with robots and I do love a good end of the world party.  Wilson’s concept is fairly solid, let’s tell the world about what happened before, during, and at the end of a robotic apocalypse.  He gives a good lead up to the actual stories, Cormac and the rest of Bright Boy company find what is apparently Archos’ memory box and Cormac tries to talk to it.  The stories themselves are fairly well written, though more could have been done with each set of characters.  This is where I start having problems.  Even with the brain box, how does Cormac know everything that he does about the other survivors whose stories he’s telling?  He shouldn’t be able to know the contributions made by the little old Japanese guy or what the British punk was doing before contacting Archos if he’s talking to the brain box right after it’s dug up.  He shouldn’t be able to speak for the other survivors in first person either, it’s sometimes unclear whether he’s using interviews or just working from the box.  What about the timeline?  He can’t have the interviews used if the box just came out of the ground.   Cormac also made a number of references to things that don’t seem to have happened yet, or rather things that were mentioned once and then ignored.  These should have been covered before the last page ended. The tense used was also rather awkward, why is so much in present tense?  I can’t see the woman running to save her kids narrating everything she does and why for the robot that’s chasing her, but apparently she does.  Wilson seems to contradict his timeline a good deal by having Cormac know things that shouldn’t have traveled that far or that quickly.  I can understand that many of the less plausible bits of information are important to the main story, but how does Cormac know about them beyond hearsay? He’s in a tent in the Alaskan wilderness, not in one of the survivor settlements, and traveling for large parts of the book.  How can he know anything beyond his own sections of the plot and exactly what the brain box showed him?  This is too big of a logic bomb for willing suspension of disbelief to hold.  Also, why does the robot think and info-dump like the humans?  According to Cormac there were “dozens” of people that Archos decided were good enough to remember, what happened to them?

The good news is that I enjoyed most of the book despite its messed up logic and shaky tense use.  I really only started having the problems I did after I stopped to think about it for an hour or so.  Robopocalypse is definitely a book to read and enjoy but not think about too much.  Because of that and how easy it is to over think, I give Robopocalypse a three out of five.