I don't remember why, but I ordered The Electric State by Simon Stalenhag for myself through interlibrary loan at the library. The Electric State is a graphic novel in every sense of the word: it's a short novel that is set to beautiful (yet creepy) pictures, and together they tell the whole story. The plot is about a young woman, Michelle, making her way across the United States with a small robot. The year is 1997, and the world is falling apart after the world; almost everyone is plugged into virtual reality and joined some sort of hive mind as society crumbles around them. As I already said, the pictures are beautiful, but also creepy with their dead drone robots and warships littering the countryside, and giant virtual reality towers literally towering over the environment, no matter where Michelle and her robot go.
I'm not going to lie, I feel like I missed something while reading The Electric State. I'm not quite sure what it was, but I wasn't blown away by the story the way other people were. I did bump the book up to 4 stars on Goodreads though due to the art.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.