It is the year 2098. Sara Storm has just come of age in a republic founded upon the objectivist principles of Ayn Rand - selfishness, minimal government, and laissez faire capitalism. It is a society in which the collectivist pronoun "we" has been replaced with the ideologically correct "I and you." A true believer in the ideals of her nation, Sara launches her military career with zeal and great dreams for her future. But the world outside the classroom fails to live up to the one she has been taught to expect. Real people fail to behave like the heroes in Rand's books or in the science fiction stories she loves. She notices cracks deepening in the nation that bills itself as the beacon for all mankind. Winds of change start to howl through the "skyscraper society" of her republic and strange sounds begin to emanate from the Earth itself. Suddenly her world, her career, and her own dreams no longer fit into the narrow confines of Rand's ideology. Neither does love.
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Beverly Garside is a graduate of James Madison University and an author and screenwriter. Among her credits is the screenplay for the independent film "Sister Sonya's Prayer Group." A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she served in Berlin during the 1980s. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, Keith. Lucas Duimstra is a self-taught illustrator from Grand Rapids, MI. Being the son of an artist, he was encouraged by his parents to explore creatively at an early age. When he was 4 years old he began teaching himself to draw by copying art from comic books and trading cards. For the past three years he has done freelance illustration and coloring work in comic book series and anthology collections. This is his first graphic novel.Review:
"A brave and massive tale from a solid pairing of talent - I can only
hope another book is in conception." Cate Baum, Self Publishing Review
An impressive storyline that captures the reader's attention and holds it firmly from beginning to end, "I and You" is a graphic novel that is as entertaining, original, and thought-provoking, making it highly recommended reading. Midwest Book Review
IR Verdict: I AND YOU is a sharp and vigorous political satire, well-drawn and reasonably deftly if unsubtly handled. As with most political satires, though, it will probably appeal primarily to those who agree with its perspective already. - Catherine Langehr, Indie Reader
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