Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters
Genre: Quirk Classics (mashup)
From Goodreads: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Ben H. Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result is Android Karenina an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.
As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: The tragic adulterous love affair of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the more hopeful marriage of Nikolai Levin and Princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robitic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices. But when these copper-plated machines begin to revolt against their human masters, our characters must fight back using state-of-the-art 19th-century technology and a sleek new model of ultra-human cyborgs like nothing the world has ever seen.
Filled with the same blend of romance, drama, and fantasy that made the first two Quirk Classics New York Times best sellers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated series into the exciting world of science fiction.
Android Karenina was definitely a faster read than the original classic. Where before there was a lot of tension, now—thought the tension is still there—there is a lot of comic relief with the robots. Android Karenina is equally as enthralling as Tolstoy's "first novel," but the images of robots running around definitely make it lighter. The 2-inch wide novel isn't quite as… intimidating… with high-tech machinery involved.
The writing, in general, was witty. Tolstoy's words were still clearly seen and recognized, but Winters was able to make his own "quirks" in the story without them sticking out like a sore thumb. They blended right in nicely and made for a very entertaining read.
I loved Android Karenina and I definitely look forward to a re-read.
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