REVIEW: The We and The They by Kyra Ann Dawkins

Summary from Goodreads:
“Our collective genesis guides our heartbeat as We run.”
With nature reclaiming cities and mountainous tides drowning islands, a group of individuals — known collectively as the We — find themselves ravaged by hunger and struggling to survive. When another community — the They — promise them luxurious meals, the We are unable to decline.
After following the They to their farm, the We begin to notice some mysterious habits: odd sacrifices, talk of flames, and a strange book. Follow along as the We uncover the truth behind the secretive group and learn the most important part of being human.
The We and the They is a fiction novel set in a world crumbling underneath the grip of the Great Famine. You will enjoy this book if you are fascinated by oral tradition, you like considering questions about community and identity, or you just want a break from curating your “I.”

Review

*A copy of this book was supplied by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I read this book for the first time 2 months ago. University got in the way of publishing this review!

As soon as I began this book I was hooked. Dawkins’ story telling flows so effortlessly, giving beautiful descriptions and building a world that feels so real that you almost feel as if you are within it yourself. Her writing style is, at times, rather poetic without ever verging near pretentiousness.

I had worried when I began to read that characters may be underdeveloped or the world wouldn’t feel real, as this book is one of the shorter dystopian novels I have read. Thankfully, this isn’t the case. The characters we meet feel like they could jump out of the pages, they feel so real.

The themes of community, the need for survival, the look at loss and trauma are what makes “The We and The They” one of the best novels I have read in a long time. Since I read it, it has been living in my head rent free. I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters we met, each with their own personality, their own motivations: the world that Dawkins has created is so like ours that it could make you almost uneasy.

All in all, Kyra Ann Dawkins has created a powerhouse of a debut novel. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a dystopian setting, well developed characters and a well crafted world. Who wouldn’t like that?

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