Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Paperback
Part of the S.F. Masterworks series
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey.
When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal - the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward.
But in Deckard's world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit - and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 29/03/2010
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780575094185
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Review by millata
The story is set in one potential future where the Earth has become nearly inhabitable, where living animals are status symbols and androids are commonplace. In this setting the main characters spend half their time advancing the plot and half on speculating the state of the universe and their place in it. The more philosophical themes in the book range from what it means to be human or alive to the limits of empathy when it comes to other lifeforms or simply variations of our own. Regardless of the heavy themes the overall mood of the story isn't all that dark. Recommend it for anyone who enjoys sci-fi.
Review by stefano
The fact that the book was so very different from the movie was a pleasant surprise. The book is more disorienting. For example I particularly liked the scene in which Deckart and Resch ride in the same elevator while simultaneously trying to figure out if the other guy and/or they themselves are androids and whether the police department they work for is the genuine article of an android scam. Also interesting, convincing and disorienting is the description of the religion of Mercerism.
Review by fothpaul
The book was written extremely well. The style was engaging and flowed quite nicely.I liked the premise of hunting down androids and trying to establish whether or not people were real or androids. Also the struggle of the main character, wrestling with his conscience over the killing of the androids. This was combined alongside his desperation to own a real animal, as opposed to an electronic one.These strands playing on the concept of what it is to be real and living rather than synthetic.I did enjoy the book, but it just didn't quite grab me entriely. The themes were interesting and made you think about identity and reality, as well as what it is to be human. But I couldn't help feeling that something was lacking just a little bit.