Title: The We And The They
Author: Kyra Ann Dawkins
Published: July 26 2020
“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.”
This book is an amazing dystopian book that brings out a lot of themes that’ll get you thinking, what has humanity come to? From the authors note, I was intrigued. Then the chapters began. I was a bit confused with the characters We and They. Slowly, I realized that the We are the Main Characters while the They are the villians.
All of them have gone through a lot of problems. I honestly can’t imagine someone going through such. They are all alone, looking for a place to stay until they meet each other. They realize that being together is what they needed to be strong and find a way out.
The language used is powerful, seeping deep into my heart. Each if the characters are special, I love the understanding between themselves, even though they have gone through a lot of problems together. Their life, properly messed up. After meeting the They, things change. The They are a hateful kind, using the We in way you could never thing of. Some of the characters I’ve grown attached to, suddenly die mysteriously. All these push the We forward, to strive on their own and do what they think is best. To Run.
The book has a 100 pages which I devoured in a few hours. It was very emotional for me to read, especially after knowing the backstories of the characters, especially Rose, Adelaide, and Samson. Their death tore me apart seriously. This is a story of love, ambition, betrayal, family, and above all, humanity.
I love this book wholly and I definitely recommend it to Dystopian and Horror lovers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Inspired by the stories her grandfather told her, Kyra Ann Dawkins is no stranger to writing. Having published in many papers, she graduated with highest honors from Phillips Exeter Academy and from Columbia University in the City of New York where she majored in Medicine, Literature, and Society. After graduating, she noticed an intense pressure to construct her identity. A champion of oral tradition, she wrote her debut book, The We and the They, to create a narrative space where readers could escape the limits of individuality and experience a story as a member of a new collective. Kyra enjoys The Twilight Zone and is a huge Mickey Mouse fan. When she isn’t visiting museums, you can often find her annoying her younger siblings.