American Lit · Companion Books for TV / Film · science fiction

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick

“My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.”

This is the book which became the film Blade Runner. It tells the story of a bounty hunter, Rick Deckard, who is tasked with “retiring” rogue androids who happen to look just like humans…

While quite a short book, it did take me a while to read. The way it is written takes a bit of getting used to because there is little to know actual character description and the entire story could basically be described as stream of consciousness narrative. I think the point of the story is that it is a massive question about what defines people as ‘human’ and are we really that unique?

While I didn’t really adore this book I did think it was a good piece of science fiction. It displayed some interesting ideas even though this book certainly seems ‘of its time’ as it deals with societal concerns at the forefront of the consciousness of the everyday American.

I liked the idea of the mood changing device in the book because it sounded like a device I would definitely use every day. Ultimately, I enjoyed this book but didn’t really feel attached to any of the characters at all. After all, what is empathy?

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****

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