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Review | The Robots of Dawn | Isaac Asimov



A human detective from over-crowded Earth, Elijah Baley, is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide — robot murder — with dire consequences for the whole human race if he fails.


What I liked

✅ a "whodunit" science fiction novel which will have you guessing until the end


✅ *extensive* world-building of a new culture, society, planet and new technology


✅ in typical Azimov fashion, the drama plays out in, and the story progresses through, the dialogue alone


✅ an unadorned and simply-told novel with surprising philosophical depth


✅ heart-warming moments between Baley and his robot sidekicks


What I didn't like

✖ at times, a little too dialogue heavy with too much telling rather than showing


✖ Asimov's Achilles' heel strikes again — mischaracterisation of female characters and their dynamics with male characters, especially in a romantic context


✖ the sex scenes are clunky, awkward and mechanically-written


✖ Auroran sexuality forces reader to suspend disbelief as it defies basic instincts of human nature


Rating

3.5/5 🌟


Genre: sci-fi, detective


Verdict: Recommended, but it is not one of Asimov's strongest novels

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