Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick

Review

As people raise robotic animals, a cat-and-mouse game of android hunting only helps the corporation manufacture them stronger.

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Overall the story was a decent read. I think the prose is less confusing than Neuromancer’s.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (DADoES) features two different men, a laborer and a cop who hunts androids. While the rogue androids are antagonists, they didn’t really seem that bad. I guess that was on purpose, since their deaths are supposed to be seen in light as human deaths, no matter what the government says. I wanted to know a little more about what villains did, but the author simply implied they caused a rebellion and killed some people. The characterization felt really glossed over for something that should have more weight.

The overall plot was alright, it had enough directions going for it. I felt like the story revolved a little too much around sex and had to make sex the central axis of the android dilemna. There’s a whole list of more interesting moral tussles for a story to explore, but the author went ahead and wrote the climax of plot to the most boring thing, which is to make the protagonist copulate with a teenage-bodied android. Just because. I don’t think the author really had a rationale for it, other than dispensing out wise words through a bounty hunter: “Androids are spoils of war, so make the most of them” (paraphrased). I guess the cop protagonist is crude, unsophisticated, human and sinful, and that’s that.

The book reminds me of the anime Psycho Pass. Both stories have a theme of distinguishing normal humans from criminal entities with the detection of empathy.

The book is dated, so I’ll rate it a little higher for being engaging. It is not as much of a chore to get through as some other books. If you’re okay with a largely male-centric perspective, and about showing kindness to insects, DADoES is a good read.

Verdict: 4 / 5

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