Why did I love this book?
Can a novel live simultaneously in the future as well as the past? I admired Ian McEwan for pulling off this lofty feat. He imagined how if just one historical event had played out differently, we would have already been living in our own future by the time of the 1980s, with AI and robots already part of everyday life. Set in London, some of the events of our past are still there, but also so much has changed. The result is an entertaining but troubling mix of nostalgia, imagination, and ultimately speculation about what robots will mean for our lives, our relationships, and our sense of self. It’s a page-turner packed with ideas – the best combination in fiction, I think!