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The Electric State
The Electric State | Simon Stålenhag
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A teen girl and her robot embark on a cross-country mission in this illustrated science fiction story, perfect for fans of Ready Player One and Black Mirror. In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through a strange American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside, along with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumerist society addicted to a virtual-reality system. As they approach the edge of the continent, the world outside the car window seems to unravel at an ever faster pace, as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.
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Lindy
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An unsettling alternate history set in 1997, with America‘s citizens enthralled to virtual reality and suffering the aftermath of neurological warfare. 18-year-old Michelle is on a road trip mission with her sentient robot, surrounded by eerie additions to the Mojave dessert & mountain landscapes on their way to the Pacific. This oversized illustrated novel has amazing artwork across double pages. Surreal, creepy & beautiful. #graphicnovel

saresmoore This sounds incredible! How do you find these books, Lindy? 3mo
Lindy @saresmoore 🤷‍♀️I can‘t remember where I heard of this. I think it was on a list of somebody‘s favourite graphica, but maybe it was here on Litsy. 3mo
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Lindy
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The illustrations in this science fiction novel are outstanding.

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Lindy
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…it turned out to be some kind of shooting range, and all the ducks were riddled with impacts from various kinds of large-caliber rounds.

valeriegeary This is a cool picture 3mo
Lindy @valeriegeary Agreed! There‘s something startling every time you turn the page. (edited) 3mo
twohectobooks This reminds me of the giant duck that was floating around Toronto a few years ago. 3mo
Lindy @twohectobooks Oh yeah! I had forgotten about that. 3mo
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Lindy
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A dog stood between two tree trunks, a lonely little white chihuahua. It was wearing a tiny coat and was trembling and looking at us with its ears pointing straight up.

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Soubhiville
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This is a really cool illustrated novella or maybe short story about a girl traveling cross country with her droid sidekick, Skip.

Virtual reality has bypassed TV as Americans‘ favorite pastime. And it turns out to be heavily addictive.

These illustrations are incredibly realistic, and this is a dark tale of a strange land that‘s actually pretty easy to see current technology creeping towards.

Eyelit Yes!!!! 3mo
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mreads
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Pretty good story but some amazing artwork in this illustrated sci fi story of a teenage girl and a robot on a cross country trip through a desolate post apocalyptic northwest America.

BooknerdsLife Wow! Those artworks illustrations look Amazing! 😱😍 4mo
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Part graphic novel, part dystopian coming-of-age, with a sprinkle of "The Road" thrown in for good measure....this was unlike anything I'd ever read before, and I really enjoyed it.

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glitterkitty459
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A #blameitonlitsy pick!! Saw this one at the library and remembered seeing it on here.
This book is huge! Can't really tell from the picture but it's like coffee table book sized

I wouldn't say I actually understood the story all that much, but I adored the pictures and the setting- alternate 1990s with ominous technology.
And I see the author has other books I need to check out!!

Gina I loved this. I took it to show what happens to societies who live completely by their obsessions. They stop eating, and caring about the real world to the detriment of all. 6mo
readordierachel This looks interesting! 6mo
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Eyelit
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I was not expecting this book to be half as haunting (or eerily beautiful) as it turned out. Recommended by a slight acquaintance ages ago, I finally picked it up from the library this week. It bowled me over with its simple yet spare story. The art is amazing. I highly recommend this one.
(Side note, the timing of this read could not be better as it‘s very reminiscent of Black Mirror, and I just finished binging that series this week)

JazzFeathers Is this that Swedish artist who paint retrofuturistic SF images inspired by the 1980s? 6mo
Eyelit @JazzFeathers I believe so, yes! 6mo
JazzFeathers @Eyelit l stumbled upon his work a few years ago. Amazing stuff. 6mo
DivineDiana Dreamlike image! 6mo
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Eyelit
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I had a serious case of magpie grabby hands while volunteering at the library today... I ended bringing home quite the assortment of books! 💚📚😂 #libraryhaul #canthelpmyselfsometimes

readordierachel 😍😍 7mo
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SkeletonKey
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Currently reading before work.

The art in this book is amazing. Atmospheric, dystopian, quiet and haunting.

#illustratednovel #scifi

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NotCool
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Beautiful and strange

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Gina
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The creepy factor is high in this book.

#1984 #BRAVENEWWORLD

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Gina
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This book is so bizzare and I am loving it!

#1984 #BRAVENEWWORLD

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Gina
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So this startled me when I turned the page...

#1984 #BRAVENEWWORLD

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Gina
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♡♡♡

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Gina
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When art and books collide...♡♡♡

#1984 #BRAVENEWWORLD

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BruceWalken
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This book is incredible. So beautifully illustrated but such a great story to. 100 percent worth a read 🙂

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘ve been intrigued by this but I wasn‘t sure if the story would be as high quality as the art. 9mo
BruceWalken I thought the story was great. It‘s like a novella I guess and you can probably guess the end but I found combined with the art it was really touching 9mo
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Godseybam
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Omg that ending! Those illustrations!!! Stalenhag‘s imagination is wonderful, terrifying, and meaningful.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Pretty cool book and idea. Can definitely see the future this is talking about

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AMVP
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Getting my holiday shopping done. This one goes to a good friend who I'm fairly sure doesn't follow me on here.

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Liberty
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Morning reading. 🤖❤️📚

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