Daniel Ocampo Ocampo itibaren Aleksandrovka 150000, Kazakistan
If my reading experience with Melinda feels satisfying, it's likely as much because of how difficult this book was to get ahold of. There is a mystique surrounding a book with only 1000 copies in circulation, and it's possible the tale itself adds a bit to that feeling. This story of relatively few words is set in a dystopian future where machines are virtually the only "sentient" creatures left. Melinda, a seven-year-old girl, has adapted to this existence, but seemingly lives in fear of the machines, further suggesting there was a systematic extermination of humans. At one point a machine relates stories like "The robot and the three bears" and "The robot and the beanstalk" lending an understanding to how the machines view themselves. The storytelling is subtle enough throughout that upon completion I immediately reread the book--and gained further insights. But in the end, I'm still not sure what I take away from the reading experience. One thing this work definitely has going for it is beautiful art! Matuszak has done a masterful job.