The Electric State (graphic novel)

The Electric State is a 2018 dystopian science fiction illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag depicting an alternate reality of the year 1997, in which a teenaged girl and her toy robot journey through a technologically ravaged Southwestern United States.

In 2017, the Russo brothers acquired the film rights to the book.[1] They are directing and producing a Netflix film of the same title, starring Millie Bobby Brown.[2]

Plot edit

The story is presented in the first person and utilizes flashbacks that add context to the environment. It is set in the apocalyptic aftermath of a war.

In an alternate reality in the year 1997, a runaway teenaged girl named Michelle and her toy robot travel west through a dystopian American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle robots called "drones" litter the countryside.

Reception edit

The Electric State was well-received by critics with a "Rave" rating from the book review aggregator Book Marks based on five independent reviews.[3] Critics at NPR and New York Journal of Books gave positive reviews.[4][5]

It received starred reviews from both Booklist and Publishers Weekly, where it was praised for the illustrations, writing, and structure of the graphic novel.[6][7]

Accolades edit

NPR named it one of the best books of 2018.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ Ohanesian, Liz. "Road trip through post-apocalyptic California with a robot and a runaway in Simon Stålenhag's 'The Electric State'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  2. ^ Moore, Kasey. "'The Electric State' Netflix Movie: Everything We Know So Far". What's on Netflix. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Book Marks reviews of The Electric State by Simon Stalenhag". Book Marks. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  4. ^ Sheehan, Jason. "Futuristic Dreams Turn To Nightmare In 'Electric State'". NPR KQED. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  5. ^ "a book review by Craig DiLouie: The Electric State". Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  6. ^ Electric State, by By Simon Stålenhag. | Booklist Online.
  7. ^ "The Electric State by Simon Stalenhag". Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  8. ^ "Best Books of 2018: NPR | The Electric State". NPR. 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2021.