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Watcher

 Watcher (Watcher – 1) by AJ Eversley

Book Details:

Book Title: Watcher – Book One in the Watcher Series by AJ Eversley
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Scifi Dystopian
Publisher: Self-published
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.)

Book Description:

“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?

To read more reviews, please visit AJ Eversley’s page on iRead Book Tours.

My Review

5 stars

After World War III, the few surviving humans live in a couple bases. The world as we know it is gone and most humans have been destroyed by the Bots and Carbons. Sawyer is part of a small group that has been trained to kill the Bots and Carbons. She lives in a secret location with a couple other Watchers. But the Bots and Carbons have evolved and are on the hunt for the watchers. When the secret location is attacked it is clear that there must be a traitor in their midst. But who could it be and can Sawyer make the tough decision to save the group of Watchers.

Dystopian stories are one of my favorite genera so I couldn’t wait to get into this book. This is a beautifully created world that is in the deepest pits of despair. Things are going to hell and it looks like this is going to happen sooner than later.

Sawyer is a strong female character that is out hunting the Bots and Carbons. She is very protective of her little family of watchers. She comes across as cold as ice but when you get to understand her you understand why. I love how you learn about each person in her group and come to love them like her. So you question Kenzie’s arrival but I came to enjoy the light romance between him and Sawyer.

I loved this book. It is well written, draws you in, has lots twists and turns that keep you guessing, and will leave you rushing to get the next book in the series, Carbon.

I received this book from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Meet the Author:

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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The Importance of Hope in a Dystopian World

The Watcher Series is set in a dystopian world that leaves little hope in the hearts of readers. The city has been destroyed. Darkness literally hangs over the entire place at all times. It’s not an environment that leads you to think “there’s still hope!”

Because of this, it’s important to have a symbol of hope somewhere! In the Watcher Series I give readers a symbol of hope through a little dog named Chevy.  He has beat the odds by living in a world completely destroyed, alone and starving, but still happy. His little tail doesn’t stop wagging. And although Sawyer doesn’t fall for him immediately, he soon becomes her shadow and a picture of survival and strength. He represents that hope that maybe they can beat the enemy and maybe there is a chance they could live despite their circumstances.

Many books have these characters or symbols throughout their books to let the reader see the silver lining that the author might know, but sometimes can’t give away until the end.  And sometimes…those symbols of hope need to be lost in order for the main character to spring into action or make a meaningful decision.  We see this in the character of Dobby in the Harry Potter Series. He is a great representation of hope in their dark world, and his death becomes a turning point for Harry and really turs the tides of the story.

Hope can be lost in the dark and depressing worlds of Dystopian novels, but it’s important there be some sort of positivity, whether it be in the form of a character, item or thought. There are many times when we can get stuck in a feeling of despair, but if we focus on one positive symbol in our life we’ll see there is still hope in the world.

AJ Eversley

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