Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Alex + Ada. Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna

Alex is a quite guy; recently single and living on his own in a world of endless technology. Cars drive themselves, people are getting implants to make calls with their minds, and androids are a part of daily life. On his birthday, Alex is given the biggest technological advancement yet: a Tanaka X5. The most advanced, realistic (and expensive) android on the market.

After coming to terms with his new role as an android owner, Alex's life quickly settles back into monotony. But, he can't shake his disappointment that Ada (the name he chose for his X5) has no opinions of her own and makes no decisions of her own free will. Her existence seems two-dimensional. And with reports of sentient androids, public tensions are high, but Alex is interested. Is there more to Ada? Can he help her unlock her own sentience?

The first book in the Alex + Ada collection is fast paced an engaging. I couldn't wait to get a hold of volume 2 and am now anxiously waiting for book 3. The artwork is a little stiff, but it works to set the tone of the book; especially in regards to the AI characters.

Conceptually, this series has reminds me of Isaac Asimov's, I, Robot (which is very different than the film adaptation), which I highly recommend. Also worth a look it the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan. These and many more titles are available at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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