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“I'm afraid the American dream, sir, was really... only a dream.”- Alfred.
Indeed, this is a feeling I had while reading “What Do You Think, Mr. Collins?”. The world described there is in a parallel universe, but still so related to ours. And that’s why it feels like a dream you want to share with someone. Corrupt social media, the Asian mafia, androids, even a terrorist attack - it seems like the city of Paradise has the same problems as we do nowadays. The problems a lot of us don’t pay much attention to in our lives, as well as the citizens of the city of Paradise. All of them are living their lives which we can watch.
A sophisticated reader might say, “The idea isn’t new”. And he is right. But why is it still that exciting?
As I said, the story is shown through the prism of our time. We can relate to the woes they have. I also love the moment Evelyn was upset by losing her android nanny. Usually, we used to fear them as mechanical things we did not understand, but we didn’t think we might get attached to them as to living things. Android Nan was even more attentive and tender to the living girl than her own mother. The living people are more apathetic, it's easier for them to hide behind “the mask”. Another example that proves this is Alfred, an AI and the only one who is concerned about what is going on. Did his concern save people?
The answer is not that obvious.
It’s pretty rare when the idea and the realization are both wonderful. Neal Bialostovsky has picked an interesting idea, developed it into a fascinating story, added some satire and finished it as a tragedy. The approach Neal Bialostovsky chose I might describe as experimental, but still successful.
In conclusion, I rate this book 5 out of 5. The editor’s work is excellent, which shows us a professional approach to this book.
What Do You Think, Mr. Collins?
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