Machine Wars

Author(s): Michael Pryor

Middle Fiction (8-12)

The Bourne Identity meets The Terminator in this fast-paced technothriller.

Unknown to the world, a superintelligence has emerged—and it wants to eliminate Bram Argent.

The paranoid superintelligence can control any machine connected to the net, and it uses these machines as unstoppable agents to achieve its ends. Controlling the entire world is its only way to ensure its own existence.

Bram's mother is a high-level computer scientist who has evidence of the possibility of the emergence of a superintelligence. But the superintelligence has become aware of her, and has decided she needs to be eliminated. Now she's in hiding.

Bram must flee and find his parents, while being hunted by every machine on the planet. His friend Stella is caught up in the pursuit and becomes a target because of their friendship.

Together, they must survive in an interconnected world where any machine might instantly become a lethal predator.


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"You don’t really ‘read’ this fantasy adventure. The action comes at you so hard and fast that you surge ahead, worried that our young heroes are doing to die an extremely horrible death, fried alive by spat-out globs of molten metal, or squashed flat by ruthless metal beasts. Upper primary readers will revel in the action and interminable excitement of this fantasy action ‘rattling good yarn’ action adventure.
" - Russ Merrin, Magpies 

"Is it wrong that if the end of the world is going to look like this, I kinda wanna bring it on? Super-smart, killer robots made out of your everyday appliances. Michael Pryor makes annihilation look fun with a great mix of action and wit." - 

Michael Pryor has published more than twenty-five fantasy books and over forty short stories, from literary fiction to science fiction to slapstick humour. Michael has been shortlisted six times for the Aurealis Awards, has been nominated for a Ditmar award, and six of his books have been CBCA Notable Books, including three books in the Laws of Magic series. Michael's most recent books include The Chronicles of Krangor series for younger readers, The Laws of Magic series and The Extraordinaires series for older readers, as well as 10 Futures, a collection of interlinked stories imagining what our next 100 years might be like.

General Fields

  • : 9780857982766
  • : Random House Australia
  • : Random House Australia
  • : March 2014
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : Australia
  • : April 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 288
  • : Paperback
  • : Michael Pryor