Wednesday, November 30

Book Review: We

Title: We

Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin (sometimes translated as Eugene Zamiatin)

Pages: 218

Summary: WE tells the story of the minutely organized United State, where all citizens are not individuals but only he-Numbers and she-Numbers existing in identical glass apartments with every action regulated by the "Table of Hours." It is a community dedicated to the proposition that freedom and happiness are incompatible; that most men believe their freedom to be more than a fair exchange for a high level of materialistic happiness.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a very interesting and complex book, one of those books you will read again and again and take something different from it each time you do.

The voice of the main character was well written, as the reader you can clearly see the conflict he is going though as his "normal" thought process is unravelled and he is experiencing something, new and different for him as he explores himself thinking away from the collective. It comes off as jumbled thoughts on the page at first, which made the book difficult to read at times, but eventually you can see this character thought process they way the author intended and it becomes a fascinating read.

The dystopian society is also an interesting one, I wish the author explored how it worked, a everyone was part of this collective thought (or for the most part), I wish we could have seen how this worked, what caused people to break away - and I'd also wanted more detail on things the character referred to. I understand why it wasn't explained, as it was the journal of the main character, so these aspects of everyday life are natural to him (he even talks about this in the book), but I still would have liked more details.

Overall it was an interesting and enjoyable dystopian book. One that is well worth reading again.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, especially to people who enjoy dystopian literature

What to read next: 1984, Brave New World, Anthem

Challenges: 11 in 11, 1001 Books, A - Z Challenge, Fall into Reading


  1. This sounds like something I would really like and since I am really digging the dystopias right now, it seems like this is one that I need to check out. Thanks for the great review, Jules. This book goes right to the top of my list!

  2. It's really old too! Sort of the grandfather of a lot of dystopian novels. I found it surprisingly readable when I read it a few years ago.

  3. I have been curious about this book for ages, but then I forget about it. I really must try and remember to read it soon.

  4. Zibilee - Perfect book if you'e after dystopias right now. One of the oldest novels in the genre and a really good one.

    Raidergirl3 - I think it pretty much is the grandfather of the genre, I hope you enjoyed it when you read it.

    Kailana - I had it on my shelf for a while, an old battered copy from a used book store, it was worth finally picking it up and reading. Very quick read as well.

  5. I really liked this book too. I agree, I'm sure it would deliver a lot on reread too.