This is my first time reading anything by Philip K. Dick, a classic Science Fiction author. Being an observant person, I deduced from the title that the book would probably be about androids. However, aside from that, I didn’t have any idea what to expect. I know the movie Blade Runner is based on this book, but I’ve never seen it.
I was pleasantly surprised, at least in terms of the story’s entertainment value. It’s a post-apocalyptic story set on Earth. The main character, Rick Deckard, is a bounty hunter whose job is to destroy rogue androids who have escaped and possibly killed their owners. The androids look and act very much like humans and are difficult to detect. Learning who was and wasn't an android was one of the more interesting aspects of the story, and I also liked the parts that discussed how to prove an android was really an android and what made them different from humans.
The story held my attention well and there was a section around the middle where I was especially riveted. The story got a little twisty and I wasn’t really sure what was what for a while. Where it fell apart for me was toward the end. It got a little weird, with strange occurrences that were really just left up to the reader to try to interpret and make sense out of, and I felt like some things weren’t satisfactorily explained by the end. At only 250 pages, this book could have used several more pages to fully explore and flesh out the many ideas and plot elements it introduced.
I usually know what rating I’m going to give a book from the moment I finish it, if not sooner. With this book, I had a lot more trouble deciding. I enjoyed most of it at a four-star level, with a brief rise to the five-star level around the middle. The ending, however, was three-star at the best. An ending carries a lot of weight with me because it retroactively affects how I see the rest of the book, as well as how I remember it. I think I’m going to give this book 3.5 stars, but round up to 4 stars on Goodreads.
I have a bunch of additional comments that would spoil the story for anybody who isn’t familiar with it, so the rest of what I have to say will be in spoiler tags. It’s a bit long, sorry. This is one of those cases where I thought I only had a couple things to say and then I ended up writing a book.