|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Page Count: 256
Fiction Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian, Cyberpunk, Spectulative
Dates Read: December 7-11, 2015
Reading Challenge: 2016 Topic Discard Challenge
Topic: A book with a weird or wacky title
Series: Blade Runner, 1
(the following books were written by Dick's friend K.W. Jeter, and connect to the book. The series of books are connected, but do not really connect to the movie, Blade Runner, a loose adaption of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)
Good Reads Summary
It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignmet--find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I first opened it up, but now I have been exposed to the world of Philip K. Dick, and I have zero regrets! This book is weird, but in a good way. The best way I can describe it is as a realistic and depressing version of The Jetson's. Maybe Deckard's Earth is what The Jetson's live above in their happy and healthy glass bubbles? I love how Dick makes you question reality, and makes you question your own value system. How far would you go to self-preserve? I haven't had my philosophical views brought into question this much since my freshman year of college. I absolutely love it when an author makes me think on a deeper level. It's been nearly a year since I read this and I am still wondering what sets me apart from the computer I am typing this on? Is it the emotions I have? Is it my ability to feel love or empathy? Throughout the entire book I was in love, but what really sold this for me was the very final scene with the toad. I found there to be a lot of hope, dreams, and love within this scene that really made the entire story for me.
I love Dick! I must read more of his work!
*note to readers of this. If you have seen the movie Blade Runner, please note that while the movie is based off of this book, there were many changes made in the movie that the book is almost unrecognizable. Please do not judge the book based on the movie.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 9
Pace - 7
Plot Development - 7
Characters - 9
Enjoyability - 9
Insightfulness - 10
Ease of Reading - 8
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars