Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
written by Judd Trichter
published by Thomas Dunne Books 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: It’s big. It’s full of heavy, weird, awesome stuff, and I’m still not sure if I liked it. Trichter’s prose is at times unsettling, but then again, so is his story. Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is full of troubling ethics that we might do well to start pondering sooner rather than later.
“For Hiram Lazar so loved mankind, he built an android workforce to raise the human spirit from its humble origin on Earth and carry it across the universe into a future beyond what our delicate flesh can endure.”
Would I recommend it: Yes. Please read it — I need someone to have a drink with me and help dissect this one.
About the book – from Goodreads: Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android—but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.
Bad luck for Eliot Lazar, he fell in love with an android, a beautiful C-900 named Iris Matsuo. That’s the kind of thing that can get you killed in late 21th century Los Angeles or anywhere else for that matter – anywhere except the man-made island of Atlantis, far out in the Pacific, which is where Eliot and Iris are headed once they get their hands on a boat. But then one night Eliot knocks on Iris’s door only to find she was kidnapped, chopped up, sold for parts.
Unable to move on and unwilling to settle for a woman with a heartbeat, Eliot vows to find the parts to put Iris back together again—and to find the sonofabitch who did this to her and get his revenge.
With a determined LAPD detective on his trail and time running out in a city where machines and men battle for control, Eliot Lazar embarks on a bloody journey that will take him to edge of a moral precipice from which he can never return, from which mankind can never return.
In the vein of Blade Runner, Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a scifi love story that asks the question, how far will you go to save someone you love?