I and You takes place in a society which values are seriously messed up according to, I’d like to think, most of us – “selfishness, greed and unbridled ego” are its pillars. In this world, people have their own personal shrine and never use the pronoun ‘we’. Only individual goals matter and if you even so much as consider thinking outside the box, you risk serious consequences, particularly being turned away when you want to get a job and get on with your own life.
That is the premise for this dystopian graphical novel. An interesting concept, depicted in black and white, much as the views of that society. It’s hard to know where to draw the line, though. For instance, when Major Red was accusing Sara of not caring who runs the company, she just works there after all, isn’t that the whole purpose? Greed? Ego? Selfishness? Why should she care about loyalty and stuff like that? Isn’t that what a socialist should worry about?
I found it hard to read some of the lines because the font size and style kept changing, even on a computer I would have to zoom in further than 100% at times.
Some typos annoyed me, pet peeves of mine like “it’s” instead of “its” and “you’re” instead of “your” and other stuff like “didn’t used”. But overall there weren’t too many errors.
It’s a graphic novel, one cannot expect to feel as involved with the characters as written novel. But I have to admit I was a tad confused. There were a lot of entities and people involved, and some of the latter kind of looked all the same to me, not sure if because of black and white or because of the drawings themselves, possibly both. Even if the black and white was kept, which as I said previously goes very well with the story, I wish there had been more specific traits about each character. I kept mistaking Sarah’s dad for her brother and then Warren, for instant. Sarah’s mother also looked like a couple other characters that showed up.
All in all, it’s a though provoking book. I enjoyed how there wasn’t an obvious and sudden leap in change of values of the main character, it was all very progressive. And I loved the whales.
I do however think that even though the concept is intriguing, you have to be a true fan of graphic novels to fully appreciate the book.
Read from October 16 to 18, 2014
I would like to thank the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.