I've actually read this book a couple of times as part of the coursework for an English literature degree, and I love the way Philip K Dick has such brilliant ideas in his books, but he lets himself down slightly in the sense that you know that he's trying to put something across, but it all gets a bit garbled, and a tangled mess emerges as the denouement approaches. Having read, A Scanner Darkly, The Man in the High Castle, Flow my tears the policeman said, and, The Penultimate Truth, I found The Penultimate Truth to be the easiest novel to follow, the rest kind of tripping over themselves in terms of plotting. Androids is also fairly straightforward to follow, with Deckard, a maverick bounty hunter in a futuristic world, dedicated to neutralising a new terror...androids. Androids that embody humans so precisely, that despite everything he has at his disposal, equipment and instinct, he can't be absolutely certain of determining which is which. There's a really unpleasant part where one human comes face to face with the outlawed androids, and their cruelty towards a defenceless spider. I should say that real, not mechanised, creatures, are rare, and therefore valuable in this world.(there's even a catalogue where real creatures can be traded for cash, referenced in the novel!) There's echoes of Logan's Run, in that, like sanctuary, the so called safer colonies, where most of the human population have resettled, and where the endless
broadcasts of Buster Friendly and his Friendly Friends come from, allegedly don't exist. Why else would the androids come to Earth, and risk retirement? Hollywood could have done a much better job of adapting this film, what with the new technology that's knocking about these days, perhaps a remake might be on the cards? Something to think about! Generally, if you're a newbie to Monsieur Dick's work, this is the novel to start with. I wish I'd started off with this one instead of tackling The Man In The High Castle first, then it would be less daunting! The ending was a bit of a disappointment with Deckard becoming disillusioned. It would have made a marvellous plot twist if he'd been an undetected android! But, it's quite good. Worth a look!