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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Nov. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GX15OTM
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As previous reviewers have mentioned, by following the main protagonist in her day to day observations and wonderment, we view ourselves through more innocent eyes to consider the question, what is the nature of humanity. The writing is good, easy to read and there is just enough tension to draw us onward to the end of the novel. The ending is good, too, as encapsulated in the first of the two prologues but I was disappointed with the pre-prologue finale which left me wondering, why there? Why then? How?
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in people, forget the science fiction label. But don't bother with the soundtrack.
The evocation of a new dystopia - set, rather surprisingly, in the UK not the USA for a change - is one of the book's strengths. It uses this dystopia as the backdrop for an exploration of the human-ness, or lack thereof, of androids. Very similar themes and questions to those of Blade Runner, Humans, and many others. So, not entirely original in its ideas, and much simpler and less layered than these.
Still enjoyable, but not a classic.
Perhaps my only gripe is that book ends on what I'd consider a cliffhanger however I'm hoping that this maybe the author leaving the door open for a sequel!
My only criticism of this book would be - why, when it is set in Manchester, is it written in such blindingly American English??. I found that one thing rather jarring, but still loved the book overall.
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I got hooked after the first few pages. The writing is highly competant and engrossing.Read more
Enjoyable and easy page turner.
Would be nice if the bigger picture were explored.