Review: We

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s sad that more people don’t know how much of Orwell’s 1984 was basically just lifted forthright from this book. This Russian tale is a tad more arcane and more psychological (if that can be said in comparison) than 1984. It delves right into the inner mental dialogue of the main character, D-503, a man with imagination stuck in a dystopian future where imagination has few uses and is medically eliminated from all of the servants of the Machine. Unfortunately for D-503, the creator of a giant new rocket ship, he meets a woman…

The closest I can come to a comparative for this book is to imagine 1984’s Winston Smith plopped down into Burrough’s Annexia, after Benway has started his successful program of eliminating torture. The fear and hopelessness from both stories, along with the inner anguish of D-503, make this a very interesting read.

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