The novel that inspired Blade Runner, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a fast-paced thrill ride that also leaves you pondering multiple themes that are touched upon in this slim story. The plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter for the San Francisco Police Department, as he’s tasked with “retiring” six Nexus-6 androids. This is a tough job, as the Nexus-6 models are extremely human-like and can only be detected as android by administering the Voight-Kampff test to them. Of course, this isn’t as simple of a task as it sounds. Deckard is on the toughest case of his career, and it quickly takes a toll on him, mentally and physically.
I loved the questions this novel proposes, such as what makes us human and how far we can be pushed before we break. This is definitely a thought-provoking book that basically requires repeat readings to fully grasp the complex themes that are explored and to pick up small details that may have been missed during the first dive into this bleak world. I did find the ending to be a little rushed, but other than that, I thought this was a fantastic work of science-fiction that expands the background of the film that is based off of this work and makes the reader actually THINK.
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