New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize-winner and international best-selling author of Atonement and The Children Act
Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence.
In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda's assistance, he co-designs Adam's personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong, and clever — a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma.
Ian McEwan's subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: What makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns against the power to invent things beyond our control.
McEwan Never Disappoints But This One Gets Plus Marks
This is in many ways a typical McEwan story in that the lives of several characters each with his or her unique character and concerns become intertwined in the telling of a tale. This story has one character that is particularly unique: He is Adam, a "robot." McEwen tells Adam's story as though he is any other character, evolving as events come to bear. I think McEwan may be the first author to include a man-made person as a character in a novel that is not of the science fiction genre. Adam's story is fascinating and unexpected. And as affecting as any human person's story. Lastly, the reading is very good. These days, I am pleased when the reading isn't distracting. Just read already, I often think and this guy does just that.