Book Review — Alex + Ada Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

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Alex + Ada is a graphic novel that is set in a world where humans and androids coexist. While humans are trying to maintain the upperhand by using the robots as servants or companions, the Nexaware Massacre drives them to the extremes and they establish the A.I Restrictions Act. Alex, suffering from a breakup, is appalled when his grandmother sends him a Tenaka X5 android.  After a lot of consideration, Alex decides to keep her and names her Ada. But soon, he grows frustrated with her inability to make choices by herself and her lack of individuality. This lands him on a rocky terrain filled with illegal intrigue and a companion who barely knows anything about herself.

I’ve been meaning to read this graphic novel for a long time and it has received a lot of good reviews on Booktube as well as Goodreads. The 1st issue was good but not great because it had a large chunk of technological information which in a way is necessary in order to set the foundation to the story. I did enjoy it. Alex’s grandmother is hilarious. Which sort of balanced out his glum mood. From the 2nd issue onwards, it gets progressively great. The story builds up and is played out at a good pace. I was glued to the novel and couldn’t stop reading it. The art work in the entire volume is splendid. It is not very colorful and yet the themes followed in a particular page gel together seamlessly. Alex’s friends didn’t seem all that surprised at seeing Ada. That reflects how normal it is, in the society, to have an Android at home.

I agree with a point that has been put across in the novel, which is that – humans want to A.I in order to make their lives easier, and then they are fed up of how “robotic” and “not human” these androids are. That idea conveys the double standards, that humans have, very accurately. One other thing that I really really liked about this novel is the space that has been created by the authors called Prime Space. It is a virtual reality that humans and androids can enter into and explore all sorts of places, games, forums etc. You’d be able to understand better if you read the graphic novel, which I suggest you do. Because it is so so good. I would definitely recommend it to all who like scifi. The plot is great, the art is wonderful. What’s not to like?

Ratings – 4 stars on 5

Meera

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