The global climate and wildlife as we know it has been completely wiped out, fossil fuels have run dry, and we live in a total corporate monopoly. But worst of all, Elizabeth and Carlos are bored! Alienation, Inés Estrada’s new graphic novel, introduces us to an exquisitely rendered, chilling near future that doesn’t seem too far-fetched, where virtual reality affects our diets, sex lives, and nightly dreams.
Drawn in hazy gray pencil and printed in blue ink, Alienation focuses on Elizabeth, an erotic dancer in cyberspace, and Carlos, just fired from the last human-staffed oil rig, as they attempt to keep their romance alive. The couple is anxious about dangerous cyber stalkers and malfunctioning brain implants (“Googleglands”), but they also can’t forget to go grocery shopping and fix their spotty internet service. When the realization hits them that their bodies are full of artificial organs and they live almost entirely online, they begin to question what being human actually means. Do our ancestral, or even animal, instincts eventually kick in, or are we transcending the limits of our bodies?
"A witty and original sci-fi debut, Alienation is the graphic novel equivalent of the movie Her on acid." — Publishers Weekly
"It's a combination of dizzy glee at the incredible things technology can do and a grim, omnipresent awareness of pending disaster—a mix that Estrada gets spot-on." — NPR Books
"Alienation does what all the best dystopian stories do: it paints a bleak picture of the future to speculate about how fucked we are as a society." — Southwest Review
"Estrada wields her considerable talents for psychedelia into this science fiction story that questions the true nature of reality and consciousness." — Comics Beat
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