Blade Runner 2 - The Edge Of Human
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I first read this in September 1999.
His Blade Runner days behind him, Rick Deckard lives an isolated, lonely
life. He's abandoned his past life almost completely to be alone with
Rachel, the replicant. Her four years life-span is almost up but in a
sad attempt to stretch out their remaining time together, she remains in
a "cold sleep" tank and he awakens her for a few hours every couple of
months, dragging out the tragedy of her inevitable death perhaps by
years, if they're lucky.
But Sarah Tyrell, heir to the Tyrell fortune and the template for the
Rachel replicant, has her own plans for Deckard.
This all gets somewhat confusing with reality hopelessly obscured by
layered and conflicting conspiracy theories. Roy Batty is back, and is
probably the original person, not a replicant. Dave Holden also
returns, with new artificial and possibly malfunctioning heart and
lungs. Holden is aware that he may be a replicant but certainly has no
way to find out for himself. In fact even Deckard may be a replicant.
This is a dark, complicated and confusing story. It certainly
isn't a sequel to "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep", but it does
convey a little of the "Blade Runner" atmosphere and, with its wild
conspiracies and lost heroes, conjures up something reminiscent of
Philip K. Dick.
But it's too complicated and unnecessarily so. It leaves loose
ends dangling, presumably for a sequel. It's OK for an emergency read,
but don't expect something particularly satisfying.
Loaded on the 23rd September 2001.