Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human

Overview

K.W. Jeter picks up the tale of Rick Deckard, the 'blade runner' created by Phillip K. Dick and popularized by Ridley Scott's cult classic film.  Consistent with the sordid vision of 21st century Los Angeles crafted by Dick and Scott, Jeter creates a stylish piece of thrilling, futuristic suspense that finds Deckard not only in the role of hunter, but also hunted.  Again, Deckard is on the trail of an replicant, not knowing ...
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Overview

K.W. Jeter picks up the tale of Rick Deckard, the 'blade runner' created by Phillip K. Dick and popularized by Ridley Scott's cult classic film.  Consistent with the sordid vision of 21st century Los Angeles crafted by Dick and Scott, Jeter creates a stylish piece of thrilling, futuristic suspense that finds Deckard not only in the role of hunter, but also hunted.  Again, Deckard is on the trail of an replicant, not knowing that it may be the most elusive and dangerous android of all.

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To Blade Runner Rick Deckard, the most important aspect of replicant Rachel's life saving it. Soon, he learns that Pris, whom he executed in the movie, "Blade Runner, " was not a replicant, but a human. That makes Deckard a murderer and now, a moving target. And the Tyrell Corporation, manufacturer of android technology, is mired in a conspiracy with deadly consequences.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jeter's recent spate of tie-in novels (a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, etc.)-his primary production since Wolf Flow (1992)-likely has reached its apex with this book, which notably is not a sequel to the late Philip K. Dick's classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? but to the hit film based on it, Blade Runner. That movie, set in an apocalyptically dismal L.A. of the near future, became a cult classic, especially after the release of the director's cut, which raised ambiguities scarcely hinted at in the original version. Jeter trades on these uncertainties as the replicant-hunter Deckard returns from Northern California to search for an alleged sixth replicant. Several characters from the movie make appearances here, including a few believed to be dead. Most significant is Roy Batty, who claims to be the human upon whom one of the replicants was based; in his own search for the sixth replicant, Batty teams up with a medically enhanced Dave Holden, Deckard's former partner, who is at various times convinced that virtually everyone in the novel is a replicant. Like Dick, Jeter has a gift for limning believable conspiracies wherever a character turns. Featuring numerous questions of identity and twists of plot, as well as masterful depictions of a decaying L.A. reminiscent of Jeter's Madlands, this novel should fascinate even readers new to the Blade Runner universe. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553762679
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Blade Runner Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 818,878
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    Pretty good for a book-only sequel

    Just like the movie. You can almost hear Vangelis' soundtrack. Mood and atmosphere came straight from the film. Plot kept right up with the 'who can be trusted' line of the original.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    Dull Edged

    Awkwardly written and poorly paced this dull blade of a book doesn't approach the edge of human or anything else for that matter. It is disheartening when an author is not competent enough in his or her trade to the point of having to bring the action to a screeching halt to have disjointed dialogue between characters to explain the goings on in a story. This is exactly what happens here and is the fines example of 'deus ex machana' in a modern novel to date. If anything, this is a disservice to Dick's surreal novel of which this is a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    BETTER TO BELIEVE A LIE?

    Jeter does a great job of pulling apart Dick's favorite puzzel: What is real? In this thriller several characters must confront the question: Am I human or replicant? The writer's answer is always the same, it doesn't really matter. Deckard, having fallen in love with the replicant, Rachel, realized he couldn't keep on retiring this new species of man. He realized that hunting replicants had turned him into something far uglier than any replicant. Rachel's templant (model), named Sarah, sets out to win the love of Deckard. Pretending to be the dying replicant, Rachel, Sarah tells him how her Uncle, Eldon Tyrell, used Rachel to commit computer incest with her likeness. 'He killed me, slowly, from the inside out.' At that moment Deckard realizes that she has suffered enough. He accepts Sarah's sacrifice, that she is willing to play the role of the dead replicant, Rachel, in order to win his love.

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