Friday, March 7, 2014

We by Michael Landweber

We is a novel with a unique premise.    Ben Arnold awakes from an accident in the body of his childhood self.  He quickly realizes he is at the point of time in his childhood just before his family fell apart, the week that his teenage sister was raped by her boyfriend’s brother and his two thuggish friends.  Ben knows that he must somehow warn his sister and change the fate of his family, but how?  Ben exists in the mind of his childhood self together with the consciousness of this young self.  Together they are “we.”  How can he make his young self-understand what is at stake and how exactly can he help his sister?

I really liked the unique premise and felt engaged with the story, family, and Ben.  I really wanted to know how this would end.  The only part I didn’t like was that Ben would sometimes go off into psychiatry with various terms for parts of the brain that I know nothing about and frankly bored me.  Luckily those sections were quite brief and it was back to Ben’s remembrances of his childhood self and future regrets.  Overall, I enjoyed this quick and intriguing read.

I read this book as part of the TLC Book Tour.  Unfortunately due to my hectic schedule this semester, I missed my postdate.  I apologize!

Book Source:  TLC Book Tours


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this overall! Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. Laura, I read this as well and was also part of the TLC tour. The premise is unique and the story is engrossing.