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By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back – with lethal force.”

It is safe to say that I have never even entertained the idea of watching Bladerunner or really having anything to do with it. I would be asleep in seconds. What little I know about the movie is because one of my coworkers went on a thirty minute rant about the twist of is the main bladerunner an android or not. So I had that idea in my head during the whole book, but it was not a plot point at all. In the book Deckard is very much human. There is no question of that. It appears the movies went further into that idea and instead of focusing on morality focused on what is and is not human. Not a bad change, but it did leave me a bit disappointed that I was not able to live out the “is he or isn’t he?” plot in the book.

There was a ton of talk of animals. I did not expect there to be so much talk of animals. There were easily fifty pages of talk about animals. It was really weird, but I was so into it. It was something that I could identify with, it was something I could latch on to. It is the part of the story that made the most sense to me. There was a class divide between who owned an animal, who owned an electric animal, and who owned a real animal. There was a lot of talk of how animals were extinct and a status symbol. It made so much sense that in a world after disaster animals would be worth a lot and since humans were able to survive, that they became even more of a status symbol.

There was even talk of mental health and cognitive function. There were “chickenheads” which were the characters that were akin to someone with a low IQ. They were seen as undesirable and had to be tolerated, but not much else. They were not allowed to leave the planet and had to made due being poisoned by Earth. Schizophrenia was mentioned a great deal too. It was all around the idea of empathy. Androids did not feel empathy, but they were advanced enough to fake it for the most part. There were tests created to tell androids from humans, but someone with severe mental health issues would also fail the tests so it was tricky. Androids that had escaped were to be “retired” as they were a “danger”. This in the end meant they were to be killed no matter what they were doing. Many of them had public jobs that were helping so many other people. The androids were for most part better than humans with intellect, reactions, and abilities. The main difference being humans experienced empathy. That’s it. So it raised the question of how are they different than someone with mental health issues? How are humans better than anyone or anything else when they still kill despite possessing empathy?

The book raises so many moral questions. It was a wonderful read. I wish there were a bit more too it. There were some sections that just made no sense to me, like the merging with Mercer section. I figure there is some real thought provoking reason, but the idea of Mercer never really sat right with me. It wasn’t fully explored enough for me to care.