A gripping sci fi thriller for YA readers.
WE ARE THE ONLY HUMANS LEFT . . .
In the furthest, coldest, darkest reaches of our solar system, Paul Munro is on a mission from which he can never return. A desolate ice-covered moon will be his home for the rest of his life. And only from here can he see what humanity has become.
A thriller to freeze your blood. To absolute zero.
“It is packed with ideas and unexpected turnings. Dickinson, formerly known as a writer for children, has produced a gripping, thought provoking thriller in his first science fiction novel for adults, one that works on the human and the cosmic scale alike.”
Lisa Tuttle, The Times
“John Dickinson does a fantastic job of creating a haunting atmosphere and the feeling of complete isolation. The explanations and detail given of the station is realistic and believable and it felt like the fifth member of the group. I found this such a great read and I was very pleasantly surprised by the prose and style of WE - I'll look forward to anything else John Dickinson writes. Highly recommended.”
Mark Chitty, www.walkerofwords.com
“This is absolutely top notch, classy stuff. You don't get much in the way of hard sci fi in young adult writing, but WE makes me wonder why. It's beautifully written, with a sparse and elegant style that suits both the isolation of the environment and the isolation of its central character who feels so radically disabled by the wrench of the break from the WE. The main theme is clear - it's the age old trade-off between the rights of the individual and the collective. But it's also about alienation and anomie, about the search for the new, and about that most basic of instincts - the need to reproduce. It feels very claustrophobic, but its ideas are expansive. There's a great deal to think about. Tension builds remorselessly and I became utterly absorbed in Paul's struggle to make sense of what's going on and once he has, to decide - by himself - what he should do about it. It's an immensely rewarding book: demanding but beautiful - and as suitable for adults as it is for older teenagers. The science is perfectly rendered - complex, but comprehensible to a duffer like me, the characters are charismatic, and the scope is both intensely concentrated and dramatically expansive. I can't recommend it highly enough.”
Jill Murphy, thebookbag.co.uk
“Masterful world building and characters that are lifelike, with motivations you understand and can relate to. WE is a masterful story of discovery and revelation on so many levels that you have to read it, it relates to everything we are today.”
“W.E. is that rarest of sci-fi novels, a very simple premise masking a deeply complex and multi-layered narrative that is utterly compelling from the first word to the last. An absolute pleasure from the get go, this is cracking stuff. Beautifully written in crystal clear prose, you can practically put your finger in the spaces Dickinson has left to let the narrative breathe. So spartan and so cleverly constructed it gives the reader a real sense of being disconnected from everyone and everything. This is classic science fiction. On the surface a kind of psychological thriller with themes of alienation and isolation - the needs of the many against the needs of the few - but it has a depth and complexity usually lacking in YA science fiction and demands thoughtful reading time that will leave you pondering the questions it poses long after you finally put it down. Thought-provoking, stylish and immensely enjoyable W.E. would make a fine addition to anyone's library but for a science fiction fan it is a must buy.”
“Dickinson...has produced a gripping, thought-provoking thriller ...”
Lisa Tuttle, The Times
“Essentially and convincing psychological thriller, this book also raises thought-provoking questions about our reliance on the internet and social networking, and about where it will eventually lead us. ... WE is a challenging and satisfying read.”
Kunak McGann, Inis (Ireland)
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“Thought-provoking, cleverly written, intense and chilling.”