Book Title: Watcher - Book One in the Watcher Series by AJ Eversley
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Scifi Dystopian
Release date: March, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swearing or explicit sex scenes...there are kissing or romantic scenes that are considered PG. The word Hell or Damn is used only a few times.)
"I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone." Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher she’s done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they start picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. When someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn. Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be. It all comes down to one choice... Who can she save? And who does she have to let go?
AJ Eversley's debut novel in the Watcher series is a strong start to an exciting dystopian series that promises to be a thrilling trilogy. I was pulled in right from the first page as we are introduced to Sawyer, a toughened 17 year-old girl trained as a Watcher to protect humanity from the Bots and Carbons that have taken over her city. But things are changing for the worst and Sawyer discovers the truth about what the enemy is truly after even as she gets caught up with Kenzie, a boy with a mysterious past.
I was truly impressed that this is Eversley's first novel. She succeeds in creating a dystopian world, strong compelling characters with complex issues and a plot that is well executed. Sawyer is one kick-ass girl with a big heart that is shielded because of her traumatic experience of losing both parents at a young age. Kenzie is less transparent, with more mystery surrounding him. Together, they propel the story forward and add a touch of romance to their seemingly doomed existence.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel with its unpredictable storyline, rich action and likable characters. And I also loved that it's a clean read. Yes, there is fighting and killing (mainly of non-humans), but the scenes are not gory. The ending left me wanting to read the second book Carbon right away. So look out for my review on Sept 21. In addition, the author has two novellas titled Kenzie and Max that tell the backstory of these two characters. They are currently free on Amazon and other retailers, and I just downloaded my copies. I'm invested in this trilogy, written by this Canadian author with talent.
If you like dystopian novels, you will definitely enjoy this one. This one is an Indie gem!
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Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.
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