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A teen girl and her robot embark on a cross-country mission in this illustrated science fiction story, perfect for fans of Ready Player One and Black Mirror.
In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through a strange American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside, along with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumerist society addicted to a virtual-reality system. As they approach the edge of the continent, the world outside the car window seems to unravel at an ever faster pace, as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.
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Lots left to interpret...
I loved the plot and the images were incredibly eerie yet prescient and good. The author could have added a little more detail to the storyline, but he got the point across. I still don’t know what the static live red lined devices were completely, but I have to wonder if they were full of operators or if they were just junction boxes for Sentre.
But the ending - well, the “follower” became flesh, but then didn’t, and the final chapter is literally a Cliffhanger - as in - what happens after they jump off the cliff?
I need a sequel, or epilogue.
And I may never touch my Oculus Rift again.