Publication date: July 26, 2020
Publisher: New Degree Press (July 26, 2020)
Print length: 101 pages
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
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.
The BookViral Review:
With far too many novels seeming to come from the recycling bin these days, The We and the They proves cut from new cloth and wholly original. A commanding and absorbing read throughout, it’s sure to engender much serious reflection as Dawkins spins a tale full of powerfully emotive images that demand a slow read.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world it’s a sobering read and yet refreshingly devoid of trite commentary as Dawkins traverses complex moral ground with depictions of global famine, struggle and refugee displacement that are not too far removed from some events of today. Rich in detail and pulling her readers into an ever immersive storyline. Her characters are well developed and cleverly nuanced and yet it’s their essence rather than presence that draws us to them. This creates a powerful emotional centre which reminds us what it means to be human. Of our need for love and companionship, but above all a sense of belonging and the inherent need to keep seeking it, despite all odds.
An extraordinary addition to the genre and a powerful introduction to the mind of Kyra Ann Dawkins, The We and the They has all the hallmarks of a classic and is recommended without reservation.