Friday, October 30, 2015

Alex + Ada (volumes 1-13)

Written by: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

First line: Alex...Time to wake up.

Why you should read this book: There's a lot to love in the fast-paced story of a young man who is initially disgusted to learn that his grandmother has taken a sexbot for a lover, and then even more disgusted when he learns that she has bought him one for his birthday. In this near-future world, sentience in robots has been outlawed following an unfortunate incident in which an AI responded violently to its condition, but Alex gradually comes to feel sorry for his new companion's lack of free will. His decision to pursue another kind of life for Ada puts them both on the wrong side of the law but opens up a new understanding of consciousness.

Why you shouldn't read this book: The concept of robot sentience and sex bots flies in the face of all that is good and holy to you.

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