Warning this post contains MAJOR SPOILERS
I read volume 1 of Alex + Ada and immediately fell in love with the story. Alex is a human man who is getting over a heartbreak and is currently a little bit listless and just going through the motions of life. His grandmother gets him an android robot that he names Ada. The robot is looks and acts like a real person but it cannot think for itself, and Alex doesn’t like that. However owning a sentient robot (a robot who thinks for itself) is illegal because of a massacre that happened where robots rose up and killed some humans. Alex though finds out that all robots are programmed with the ability to think for themselves and that all it takes is someone to wake that part of them up. So he does that for Ada. End of volume one.
Tensions rise between humans and robots in this sci-fi/drama set in the near future. Alex took a huge risk to unlock Ada and it seems to have paid off – Ada can now think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on androids, Ada feels unsure about her place in Alex’s life and the world.
Volume two starts off right where volume one leaves off. Ada is “awake,” she thinks for herself. There is of course a lot to process – what do things smell like, taste like, feel like? What does she like to eat? Do? There’s a lot of self discovery for Ava in this volume. The one thing that she can’t do – or shouldn’t do – is go outside. It’s not safe for her outside. People don’t feel safe around robots and on top of that she’s now sentient when it’s illegal to be.
She, obviously does go outside. Once to the backyard where the neighbour is incredibly rude to her, and once to Alex’s grandmother’s house where she guesses immediately that Ada is sentient.
Underlying all of the plot so far is the sexual tension rising between Alex and Ada. She is a robot, but at the same time, she looks, thinks and acts like a human. So what makes a human, a human?
When Ada makes a move on Alex he doesn’t return it, and she decides to leave. She meets up with some other sentient robots, but they run into trouble with the FBI. She bolts and ends up at Alex’s friend’s place. They’re kind, and show the reader that not everyone is violent, angry and afraid of sentient robots. Alex comes over and takes Ada home.
They decide to be together (yay!) but of course something happens and volume three looks like it’s going to be just as good as the first two.
I’m hooked on the storyline. I’m excited to see what happens to and with Alex and Ada. I’m also interested to see how the series answers the questions about what makes us human – especially since as a society we’re heading into the direction where Alex + Ada takes place.
If you’re into sci-fi, with a great storyline and some good action this is a series you should pick up.