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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


3.5/5 🌟

Genre: sci-fi, detective

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

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