This was not my first venture into adult sci-fi, I had previously read and loved The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. However this was my first experience of a Philip K. Dick novel. I have watched Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly but this was my first time reading his writing.
This film Blade runner is based on this novel, if you have seen Blade runner and think there is no point in reading the book…you’re wrong. Go now and read this book! The complexity of the story goes far beyond a simple bounty hunter in a post apocalyptic world. Rick Deckard is a complicated man, confused by his position in the world and he begins to question the religion that dictates how they live.
Earth has been devastated by war, those who haven’t emigrated from Earth or weren’t allowed to are stuck living with the potent dust that can damage your mind and genetic properties. On Earth Deckard owns an electric sheep with aspirations of one day owning a real sheep…or real any kind of animal. On this new Earth it is the ultimate status symbol.
When Deckard sets out on his newest assignment his belief system, as well as his own judgement begins to unravel. As you read you will begin to question (just as Deckard does) what is real and more importantly what makes us real. It challenges what exactly makes us human. But just like a lot of Philip K. Dick’s work these answers are never really answered instead I found myself pondering life for days after finishing the book!
Easily this book is a 9/10, I was a little sceptical before reading it. Although I have only seen bits of Blade runner, I’ll be honest it did put me off but I am so glad I read the book and I hope you do too! I now have a pile of Philip K. Dick novels sitting on my shelve which I cant wait to read…even if they do make my brain hurt a little.
‘Do androids dream? Rick asked himself.’
– Philip K. Dick