Together We Will Go
By J. Michael Straczynski
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There is something about youth, a lack of perspective perhaps, but everything seems so much bigger and more important than it really is. Youth is a time for the disenfranchised, the disenchanted and the disheartened. To quote a line from one of my favorite movies, “Youth is wasted on the young!”
Straczynski has encapsulated this overly dramatic aspect of the current young generation and multiplied it to the nth degree: everyone hates me, I’ll never fit in, the world would be better off without me, etc. I had to laugh to myself about the characters (and the youth of today) and how they like to play this off as something unique to the here and now. I’ll let you in on a little secret, this theme has been been around for a very long time: The Breakfast Club, Rebel Without a Cause, Romeo and Juliet; I can keep going if you want. Straczynski has taken this theme and made it relevant again. In true millennial style, is it real if you can’t post it on the web?
The most important aspect in Together We Will Go is the eclectic cast of characters, as different as they all were, they all thought they wanted the same thing. Straczynski crafted each of his characters perfectly for this story; they are the most extreme cases you could imagine. He made it a real question: is it worth while to go on? I was held captive by their situations and how they reached their decisions.
Together We Will Go is one of those books that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Straczynski touches on some tough themes that really make the reader think. And above all else, he made me feel for the characters and their situations, hoping that they would just realize that they too could have a wonderful life.