Monday, November 25, 2013

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

Title: The Caves of Steel

Author: Isaac Asimov

Published: Granada Publishing, 1980 (first published 1954)

Pages: 208

Series:  Book 1, Robot

Summary: A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's "Robot" novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the " R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I haven’t read a book by Isaac Asimov for such a long time but I knew that I loved the last one I read so I was pretty excited to start reading The Caves of Steel.

The mystery was really interesting but I also felt that it was almost a side aspect.  I did find the reveal to be really interesting and so well done though, I thought it was so brilliant.  I didn’t even guess at who the bad guy was so that was a bonus.

The main part of the story was more about the relationship between robots and humans and why humans thought the way they did.  R. Daneel Olivaw acted as a voice for how humans acted and what human nature was like.

I almost felt like there was a philosophical debate between R. Daneel Olivaw and Lije which was really interesting because they both put forth their arguments and you could see where each one was coming from and it was just really enjoyable.

Overall, I really liked The Caves of Steel and am excited to read the next book in the series as Isaac Asimov is a fantastic writer whose books I adore.

Source: Library

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