[680]: Alex + Ada by J Luna & Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

“People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they’re too stupid and they’ve already taken over the world.”
― Pedro Domingos

This is like that movie with Will Smith about robots becoming sentient and unleashing holy hell to all humans. Alex is a lonely human who hasn’t quite gotten over his failed relationship after 7 months. On his birthday, he received a gift in the form of a Tanaka X5 from his wealthy grandmother. He didn’t warm up to the idea right away. He thought it was unethical to have a human-like robot catering to his every whim. But he couldn’t bring himself to return her.

Once he kept her, however, he wasn’t satisfied. He needed her to be able to make her own decisions, have her own opinions.  “Waking up” an android is against the law but that didn’t stop him from seeking out a way to make her even more human-like.

The graphics in this novel has a very minimalistic approach. I mean, compared to the others that I’ve read in the past, the drawings wasn’t bogged down with unnecessary “background noise”.  It made for an easy time trying to follow the storyline because it does not distract you from the dialogues. I did, however, encounter problems with the dialogues. Though, that’s my general problem with graphic novels. Especially if there are a lot of back and forth between characters. I had a hard time following along with the conversation.

I wish I bought the second book to this series right away. Because now, I’m dying to read the next. This volume is a compilation of five issues and it ended with Ada “woken up”. Looking forward to her adventures with Alex!

  • Lovely review Joy 😀 Yay for enjoying this graphic novel; despite having a few issues. <3 It do sound pretty interesting 🙂 Not for me, but yeah. I hope you will love the rest of the books, if you read them 😀

  • I loved I, Robot, and my hubby is a Will Smith fan, so no surprise that I’d like it!
    This sounds like a good novel, and it’s a shame you didn’t get the second one! The waiting game sucks when you get invested in a story!

  • I love the sound of this series and I loved I robot when I watched it so it definitely sounds like I’ll enjoy this one. Thanks for the review Joy!

  • This sounds interesting, Joy! I have read comics and I have troubles with dialogues, too. I have not heard of this either. But it’s good to know more books. Thanks 🙂 Lovely review.

  • I also enjoyed the minimalist style, because it helped it feel more real, like you were in the convos and not just reading them!! I’m glad you enjoy the series as much as I do!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

  • Sara Walker

    I am not sure I am the graphic novel kind of girl. I tried the Saga series and I could not get into those ones. But I am curious about this simpler kind of story. I may just give this a go.

    • Aw. I love Saga! You can probably read it in one sitting, so on our next meeting, read this. Lol.

  • so this is almost exactly like the show humans? and there is now also a show called Westworld, all focused on something similar to this – stuff like this is like the fear of human kind XD

    • Natalie just mentioned this, actually. I’m probably going to wait until the entire season is complete before I check it out. 🙂

  • This sounds like a really good book. I liked iRobot. There were also some good TV shows along this line too (Almost Human, which Fox canceled after 1 season, but it was a great show. Humans on BBC which has season 2 coming out soon). Glad you enjoyed it.

    Sorry I haven’t been around much. I was on vacation and then just really busy. I hope that I’m back to normal now. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh my. Thanks for the recommendations, Mel. I’m always looking for Sci-Fi series on Netflix, so these shows you’ve mentioned will definitely be on my list the next time I find myself hankering for some.

  • You know, my co-blogger had suggested this book to me what seems like AGES ago, and I didn’t know it was about Artificial Intelligence until now! I have to see where I can get a copy (and of the sequel, lol)

    • You most certainly should listen to Jennifer! This is a good series. 🙂

  • Wow! This actually sounds like my kind of graphic novel, though sorry to hear about the dialogue. I guess what matters to me is that the storyline is interesting and I can at least follow along. I’ve always been interested in Artificial Intelligence, and seeing as this kind of goes along that line, I’ll have to be on the lookout for this!

    • Absolutely. And in the end, it wasn’t all that confusing anyway. As soon as I was able to get a better handle on the storyline, the dialogues wasn’t that much of a big deal.

  • I’m glad you were able to really enjoy this graphic novel, and sometimes I love it when the backgrounds are more minimal than anything else so you can really just enjoy the story. Seeing as I loved I-robot, I also get the impression that I could like this!

    • Exactly! I didn’t find the drawings distracting in this one. But since this is the first volume, the other ones might be a different story.

  • I’m not much for graphic novels, a big reason why being how distracting and busy the backgrounds are. I may have to try this one, though!

    • Definitely. I like the graphics in this one. It’s not as busy than usual.

  • Natalie

    This sounds pretty intriguing. Have you been watching Westworld on HBO? These sound similar.

    • Ohhh I’ve been meaning too! From what I hear, it’s an eclectic mix of Western and futuristic. I might have to, now that you’ve mentioned it. 🙂

  • Jazmen

    I’ve never read a graphic novvel, but I am loving the cover on this! I’m so drawn to it.

    • Love the insides, too. It’s got a very minimalistic art.

  • This looks like an interesting book. You have me curious and wonder how you can actually wake up a robot. Hm…

    • These robots are very human like. Aside from the fact that they don’t have free will and conscience, it’s hard to discern humans from robots in this series.

  • Greg Hill

    I read these earlier this year and liked them a lot. I think volume 2 is quite good and I think you’ll like it. I enjoyed reading about Alex and Ada and how their relationship developed.

    • Ohhh, thanks, Greg! I’m on the hunt right now for the second volume. I might end up ordering a copy on Amazon since my bookstore doesn’t carry it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • This looks like a fun book. I’ve never read a graphic novel before. Would you recommend this one to start?

    • This or Sex Criminals. I’m a huge fan of Saga – which a lot of YA book bloggers have enjoyed as well. It’s mature, so don’t be freaked when you see lots of nudity and sex. Lol.

  • I would read this

  • I’ve just recently started reading graphic novels and I like them for the most part. I’m not a comic book reader at all lol. I like the movies, but not a huge comic book fanatic. I have trouble following the dialogue too, especially with several people. Sounds interesting though.

    • It’s an indulgence for me. This is only the third series that I’ve decided to follow. If you get the chance, you should read Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. Love that series! 🙂

  • I hope you’ll have the second novel soon. I’m always a bit anxious about robots but why not

    • I went looking for it yesterday but they didn’t have the second volume. Bah.

  • kindlemom1

    Love when books can take you by surprise and you love them! This sounds so interesting and different, I think I like that about it already. 😉

    • I think you will, Ali. It’s different and it’s a Sci-Fi that non-readers could get behind easily.

  • Oh it looks like you really had a fun time with this one even if the dialogue was problematic at times

    • It always happens when I read a graphic novel. I can’t keep the dialogues straight. The conversation bubbles gets too confusing. Lol.