Monday, November 11, 2013
A Review of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust, Book 2' by Chris Roberson
Charlie Victor and Malcolm Reed continue their pulse-pounding mission to retire the renegade androids threatening to destroy the human race. Journey thought the world returning world returning from the brink of destruction as the critically acclaimed epic concludes in an exciting finale that pits android versus android while leaving mankind's fate in the balance."
This is the continuation of Dust to Dust, Book 1 where we are introduced to Malcolm Reed, the only human who can discern man from machine, and Charlie Victor, an android who sets out to hunt down rogue androids and "retire" them.
In this continuing graphic novel, it switches from being something closer to character-driven to a story driven mainly by plot. This graphic novel is more fast-paced because we already know where the rogue androids are hiding, but we're waiting for Charlie Victor to come and find Malcolm Reed and rescue him.
This is an exciting second prequel. Besides the exciting plot, I thought it was really interesting to be inside Malcolm's head as he finds complete bliss just by being in the presence of the androids. They aren't capable of feeling anything like biological humans can and so the silence in his head is just glorious to experience. Malcolm is the character who questions whether it's actually a good thing to have feelings. Perhaps the androids are lucky that they can't experience feelings. I know that when I'm having weeks like the one I had last week (unpleasant for no reason other than biology), I would rather not feel anything. But then there are moments like the moment you fall in love or are having a great day and you just want to stand and feel happy because you're able to feel happy. It's a difficult question... interesting to toy with, but one that I'm not sure I can ultimately answer.
Read this book if you've finished Dust to Dust, Book 1, are looking for a plot-driven book, and/or if you looking for a mildly philosophic read.
I give Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust, Book 2: