Monday, October 28, 2019

The Electric State

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.

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