Machines Like Me: A Novel

by McEwan, Ian (Author)

ISBN: 9780525567035

A gripping novel-set in a world parallel to our own-in which synthetic humans have become reality and quickly complicate matters of identity, life, and love: Machines Like Me is pure page-turning, thought-provoking Ian McEwan.

Set in an alternative 1982 London-where Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence-Machines Like Me powerfully portrays two lovers who will be tested beyond their understanding. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda's assistance, he co-designs Adam's personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever-and a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will soon confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan's subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: What makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns against the power to invent things beyond our control.

Publication History: Talese hardcover, April 2019 RH Blue Summer 2020 Backlist Tie-ins

Format: Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Anchor, March 2020

Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.2 W × 0.7 H

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