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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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it was ok
bookshelves: book-vipers-monthly-read, books-read-2016

A millennia ago One State conquered the world, now they have designs on the rest of the Universe. They are building a spaceship called Integral and the chief engineer, D-503, is writing a journal that he is intending on taking with him on its maiden journey. Even in his privileged position he has to live in a glass apartment so he is constantly visible to the Bureau of Guardians, better known as One State’s secret police. He only has a moment of privacy when his state appointed lover, O-90, is permitted to visit him on certain nights. O-90 has other lovers, including the best friend of D-503, R-13 who performs as a One State sanctioned poet at public executions.

Then one day, the safe predictable world that D-503 has known, changes in ways that he could never have conceived, and nothing can ever be the same again.

I couldn’t quite get on with this for a few reasons. The plot didn’t really move that fast, even though it is a short tome, and the characters feel as flat and two dimensional as the glass walls that they are continually viewed through. I can see where Orwell and Huxley got their inspiration from though as this is brutally chilling at times with the all-pervasive state intrusion and levels of control that are frankly terrifying. Not bad, but for me didn’t have that extra something that 1984 has. 2.5 stars
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October 10, 2016 – Shelved
October 10, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 10, 2016 – Shelved as: book-vipers-monthly-read
November 8, 2016 – Started Reading
November 9, 2016 –
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November 10, 2016 – Shelved as: books-read-2016
November 10, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Andy (new) - added it

Andy Ahhhh? Thats maybe scuppered my wish to read this...... await the gory details :)


Paul No pressure then!


message 3: by Andy (new) - added it

Andy You love it really!!


Paul And done Andy! :-)


message 5: by Andy (new) - added it

Andy I can see it being a "mood" read, gonna have to pick my moment I think. Maybe a bit dated too as a story having seen quite a few similar films of the theme/genre.... could see it being world leader in its day.


Paul I think that if I had read it before 1984 and Brave New World it would scored higher


Catherine I have to agree Paul, if I'd read it before both those I would have scored it higher, although I did still quite like it.


Paul It wasn't bad; just didn't shine


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