Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Alex + Ada, Volume 1 (graphic novel) - Paul's review

*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors
and Image Comics on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Alex + Ada
By: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
Year Published: 2014

Synopsis: The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.


Review: This graphic novel takes place in a near future where artificial intelligence is becoming common. Many people have their own personal robots that simply do what they're told without having their own consciousness. There have been some recent events in which these robots have been found to have their own will. 

Alex is newly single and his grandmother sends him one of these subservient androids for his birthday. I really enjoyed the interactions between Alex and his grandmother. She is at the core of the funniest scenes. The future technology used for communications is also very cool. 

The story follows Alex's new thoughts about his X5, Ada, as he learns more about the technology that makes her what she is.

This first volume feels like only the start of quite an adventure. It has a predictable beginning, but at the end it starts to get interesting. I give this graphic novel a 4/5 and will definitely keep an eye out for the second volume. 


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