I and You
by Beverly Garside
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I and You is the first graphic novel I read and I must say it was a nice change from the books I normally read. I liked looking at the drawings and in a weird way it brought me back to my childhood days when the pictures were just as important as the words.
The story itself was interesting and thought-provoking (as you might expect from the summary). I dove into it with an open mind and at times found myself immersed in the plot, but at other times I was a little lost. I don’t know if this was due to the fact that I’m not used to reading graphic novels or if it was the book itself. Luckily, I was usually able to get back on track, it just didn’t flow the way a written book does. Perhaps people who read comic books on a regular basis don’t have this type of problem.
Overall, it was an intriguing political satire with a little bit of everything, including some romance and the unexpected twist. The illustrations were perfect and the characters were well developed.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
3 out of 5 stars