In 2003, something that seemed like war broke out between the major powers of the world. Of the few who witnessed it, only a handful still remained. Of those, a submarine commanded by a Russian launched 13 warheads at Alaska on that day, only to find himself wandering homeless, with only his crew. What they stumbled upon was more than that, however, first finding a factory running with no humans in sight and then more and more oddities. In 2018, Judgment Day has come and gone and mankind has found itself at the mercy of Skynet. In Alaska, people try to survive any way they can. They hit the pipeline when they can, get married to feel normal, and die at the hands of the T-600s.
But The Resistance is looking for ways to fight back, ways that the machines wouldn't think of, all the while listening to a man named John Connor as he teaches them about survival.
If you are listening to this, you are the Resistance.
And so they learn Skynet's weaknesses, waiting for the day when humanity will arise.
Coming off the successful movie depicting the 2018 struggle, Gregg Cox's book showcases a world where humans are beginning to wear thin. They have learned to fight, sure, but the machines have learned to fight as well. The machines have gotten better at it, too, while humanity is still trying to forget the world that no longer exists. In Cox's book, I like the way he explains certain things to his readers, trying to make them understand that the wrld without machines is dead. He shows us a picture of what happened in 2003, and he shows us the fingers that helped humanity tetter off that edge. One of the things he points out is that those fingers were human as well as servos and switches, and that people were more than willing to see the world come to such a horrifying conclusion. At the same time, Cox tells his readers about the energy that Skynet uses, how it powers it, and how a group of people could hurt something so mammoth.
He talks about a train - and how one could take something like uranium and put it to such efficient use.
Personally, I liked Cox's book and found the read interesting. The 2003 story was just as engaging as the 2018 story, keeping me reading. It help[ed to have seen the movie and to have liked it as well, and I had no problem with machines hunting down people and killing them because they were the enemy. If you found the movie enjoyable, you might find more detail in the book interesting, and some of the little things fun. I personally like that type of thing - its like having someone sit down and explain to you how a new toy operates instead of simply seeing it as you walk by.
Will you like it? As i said, it depends on your take on the movie. It is inspired by the tale and plays with the dates, so you could find it relaxing or annoying, depending. I thought it was a good piece of reading, and hope to see more machine killing people on pages sometime soon.