by Ian McEwan
Set in an alternate 1982 London, where “historical” events are just different enough that technology has just introduced the first synthetic humans. Charlie uses his inheritance to purchase an “Adam”, which he sets about programming with the help of his upstairs neighbor (and before long, girlfriend) Miranda. This is a fascinating tale of what it means to be human. Adam can think, he can love, he has feelings – is he human? Are his logical decisions better than Charlie’s emotional reactions? What makes a course of action ethical? Is the truth always the best choice? This book had me thinking about a lot of these questions and more, and I actually read it twice just so I could enjoy pondering the meaning of life.