I and You
Illustrated: Lucas Duimstra
Published: 3rd September, 2013
It is the year 2098. Sara Storm has just come of age in a republic founded upon the objectivist principles of Ayn Rand – selfishness, minimal government, and laissez faire capitalism. It is a society in which the collectivist pronoun “we” has been replaced with the ideologically correct “I and you.” A true believer in the ideals of her nation, Sara launches her military career with zeal and great dreams for her future. But the world outside the classroom fails to live up to the one she has been taught to expect. Real people fail to behave like the heroes in Rand’s books or in the science fiction stories she loves. She notices cracks deepening in the nation that bills itself as the beacon for all mankind. Winds of change start to howl through the “skyscraper society” of her republic and strange sounds begin to emanate from the Earth itself. Suddenly her world, her career, and her own dreams no longer fit into the narrow confines of Rand’s ideology. Neither does love.
What I liked: The images on the cover actually are images within the story, which I thought was an interesting incorporation and there’s the fact that there’s a bit of real possibility within the future for this kind of society. There’s also plenty of pieces that you have to put together about the society’s values and at first I didn’t understand the “I and you” thing, but it’s actually something that is a big deal in Sara’s nation. I also didn’t understand the idea behind having a personal shrine but later I understood it was a custom in her country and became more significant as well.
What I didn’t like: Sometimes I found it hard to tell characters apart due to the similar looks between the different characters and the fact that the story was strictly black/white colored made it even harder to tell characters apart since things happen so quickly in the book. I managed to get Sara’s father and brother mixed up in one particular scene and it took a few rereads to understand that part. Some of the characters it was easy to tell how they were going to be simply because of the way they acted in the story so they weren’t overall surprising with the reveals about what happens to them.
Overall Review: This was a quick, fun read about one of the infinite possibilities about what could really happen in to the U.S.A.’s future and I found it very entertaining and plausible. The characters weren’t always that interesting, but I did enjoy Sara’s character quite a lot as she was always trying to do what she thought was best for her country. I thought that the way we were shown how things were now was good, and we got a small glimpse about the world outside the former U.S.A. to see how everything is still happening outside.
Recommend?: For fans of graphic novels who like dystopian novels, you’ll likely like this one as it was an entertaining read!
My Rating: 3.2/5
Review by Iris