Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Does Harry Dream of Electric Sheep?: An Adult Social Satire by John Altson.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
About the book: Overview: Does Harry Dream of Electric Sheep? is a witty novel written for an adult audience (high-school or beyond). It is an allegorical novel written on several levels:
– A fantasy about a space explorer and his comical misadventures with sheep-like creatures which seem to mirror human behavior
– A tongue-in cheek comedy about life in the United States, circa 2014
– A serio-comedy which explores almost all of the current social and political issues
– A story with a moral
My review: This is the best satire I’ve read in a long time. It was an interesting and cool experience to see our world through the main character, Harry’s, eyes as he interacts and learns more about the people of Baa.
One of the things that endeared this book to me initially was the way it showed both sides of an argument without really picking sides. It made experiencing Baa even more interesting as it is similar to our world, but on a simpler scale.
The main storyline of the character’s agenda/redemption was well done. Harry is the type of character that you know is up to no good, yet you can’t help but like his charisma and pull for him. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I think the author did an awesome job with this angle.