REVIEW - An Android Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown

Title: An Android Awakes

Author: Mike French and Karl Brown

Publisher: Elsewhen Press

Release Date: 13th November 2015

Source: Publisher ARC

Your world is manipulated by computer coding, search engines and social networks. It’s just a matter of time before everything you watch, read and listen to will be created by autonomous machines

Android Writer PD121928 is part of the Android Publishing Programme. To replicate their idea of a writer’s life, his partner has been forcibly removed and he lives in solitude with an allowance for drugs and prostitutes. 
He also has just had his novel The Eating of Citizen Kane rejected. He has 14 more attempts to get a novel accepted for the humans by the Programme or he will be deactivated.

Can one of his characters and their story save him?

Living a solitary existence, Android Writer PD121928 is trying to get published, now that may not sound like too big a deal.  Writers are always trying to get their work out there, some of the most popular writer were overlooked for years before making it big.

None of their lives depended on it though.

Android Writer PD121928 has forty two attempts to successfully get his work published, forty two attempts to avoid deactivation. He has already had twenty eight rejections and An Android Awakes shares with us his remaining attempts.  

If he fails to deliver, time is up, he will be deactivated.  Just like that.

A future where machines are everyday life, androids and humans co-exist.  PD121928 is an extremely tortured soul, his wife has gone, his days are filled with prostitutes, his cat (he goes through a few) and his need to write his perfect book, one that will be accepted and adheres to the conditions that are set down for him.

The book contains many stories, it contains the life of PD121928 but that is interspersed with his wonderfully chaotic, violent, deliciously dark sci fi stories all of which are accompanied by illustrations that convey how disturbing life has become and how dark PD121928's imagination is.

A cross between a graphic novel and a novel, this is definitely worth a look.  If you have been brought up on a diet of Blade Runner and Dystopia then you will definitely appreciate An Android Awakes.

Thank you to Elsewhen Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. This sounds so quirky I'm definitely tempted to give this a try, I always like dystopians and androids. :)

  2. Well this definitely sounds different! I will add it to my looks interesting Goodreads shelf. I love the cover, too. :)

  3. This sounds kinda weird, but interesting too!

  4. The premise for this is totally cool..and I want to know what happens!

  5. Ohh great review this is the first time I hear about this book, but it looks and sounds absolutely amazing and very intriguing. Thank you for your awesome post.


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