“Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan

5 stars

What would it be like to live with a highly advanced artificial human being? How might it relate to us? Would we be safe?

In a very believable, alternate 1980s London, Charlie spends his inheritance on Adam, one of only 24 lifelike, robotic Adams and Eves, worldwide.  At the same time, Charlie is developing a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Miranda.

Adam has an infinite capacity for learning, and, as the suspenseful plot develops, he becomes more and more capable of thinking for himself. Don’t even think that you can guess what happens. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a serious literary novel to think about!

–Ellen G.

Posted in Summer Reading Adult.