New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act
Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London. 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 synthetic humans and—with Miranda's help—he designs Adam's personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever. It isn't long before a love triangle soon forms, and these three beings confront a profound moral dilemma.
In his subversive new novel, Ian McEwan asks whether a machine can understand the human heart—or whether we are the ones who lack understanding.
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Ever wondered what it truly means to be human? Ian McEwan has. His previous books delve into all the experiences—love, regret, memory, jealousy, fear, redemption—that make us so. This time around, McEwan puts an unsettling, retro-futuristic spin on this fundamental question. Strange, thought-provoking, and often funny, Machines Like Me is set in a version the of ’80s where lifelike robots are readily available for purchase. A young day trader looking for a housekeeper and companion ends up entangled in a love triangle with his shady girlfriend and new robot, Adam. While both humans behave quite badly, the rational and lovelorn bot turns out to be the book’s most humane character.
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Machines like Me
Once again a story filled with moral insights with every page asking questions of us as to who we are and why we believe as we do. Magically thought provoking but then all of Ian McEwan’s books are. I carry his stories with me and marvel at his imagination and writing skills.