We- Michael Landweber


Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis (from amazon)

After an accident, forty-year-old Ben Arnold regains consciousness in the kitchen of the house he grew up in. Only he feels different, lighter somehow. Something is horribly wrong. Ben is swept into the arms of his mother, who he hasn’t seen in twenty years. She calls him by his childhood nickname, Binky. He sees a younger, unbroken version of his father. His estranged brother is there, reverted back to his awkward teenage self. Finally, adding horror to his confusion, he glimpses his older sister Sara as she runs out the door to meet her boyfriend. Sara, whose absence he has felt every day since her death. Ben is a mere hitchhiker, a parasite in the brain of seven-year-old Binky, and his younger self is not happy to have him there. It is three days before his sister will be attacked. Ben knows he has to save Sara but first he must gain Binky’s trust. Even if he can get Binky to say the right words, to do the right thing, who will believe that a young boy can foretell the future?

Review

Please note during this review I refer to Ben the adult as Ben, and young Ben as Binky

I left off reading We for quite a long time (in fact the only review book on my kindle other than it at the time was an unsolicited one which I had downloaded just in case I decided to read it- but aren’t really planning to read). Whilst I found the premise interesting I worried that it would be a bit too heavy on the Sci-fi side for my tastes. Actually I wouldn’t call it a sci-fi novel. Maybe the element of sci-fi was there with the idea of Ben being inside his younger self’s concious. It isn’t really explored how he ends up there however. The most we get is him exploring Binky’s mind, which is a bit weird, but still quite interesting, especially when you think about how much control Ben could take of Binky.

It is rather upsetting to know what will happen to Sara, and for Ben to know, but for him to seem pretty much powerless. You really can’t imagine that Ben would be able to change what is happening (do we call it future or past, I don’t know).

At times I was cringing at Ben’s lack of insight into his younger self. Surely if you were that person you would know how he felt, or feels? Maybe he had just come on too far. You know, like when you look back on things you’ve done and think you were a bit of an idiot, but it didn’t feel like that at the time? If I was Ben I would have done things differently, but there you go. I’m not.

One little thing I didn’t like was that whilst the future was discussed it was never really shown how Ben’s actions in the past might change the future. What might happen differently if what happened to Sara was prevented? Although, actually, what happened was always on Ben’s mind so maybe he didn’t think about how changing it would effect future events, because he couldn’t see why he wouldn’t want to change it.

4/5

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