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What if you had to choose, who would live and who would die? 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 are picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. But when someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer What if you had to choose, who would live and who would die? 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 are picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. But 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?


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What if you had to choose, who would live and who would die? 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 are picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. But when someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer What if you had to choose, who would live and who would die? 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 are picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. But 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?

30 review for Watcher (Watcher #1) Audiobook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Watcher is the first book in A.J. Eversley’s Watcher series, and I’m interested in seeing what book two brings. Although this wasn’t quite a full four-star rating, it was so close I had to round up. It’s one of those books that slowly works into you, slowly leaves you wanting more, until you’re sucked in so deep and cannot wait to see how everything comes together. I’ll be completely honest and say it takes a few chapters before you’re completely sucked into this one. Things start off with action Watcher is the first book in A.J. Eversley’s Watcher series, and I’m interested in seeing what book two brings. Although this wasn’t quite a full four-star rating, it was so close I had to round up. It’s one of those books that slowly works into you, slowly leaves you wanting more, until you’re sucked in so deep and cannot wait to see how everything comes together. I’ll be completely honest and say it takes a few chapters before you’re completely sucked into this one. Things start off with action – which is great – but it is a while before all the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. We had a world we do not understand, a character I did not like that much, and I was tentative for the future of the book. However, sticking with this one quickly pulls you in much deeper, and gives you so much in return. Like many young adult dystopian novels, this book is filled with action and the work of bad guys. What makes this book stand out is the different topic – usually it’s just a case of overthrowing the government because the kids are in a precarious situation, but such is not the case here. We have a clear threat to the world, a clear evil that needs to be dealt with – while human evil is part of this, there is also something more. It certainly makes this one stand out amongst the other young adult dystopian novels on the market. Of course, there are some necessities of the genre throughout this one. We have the romance, the deep friendship, the heartbreak, and a number of the other tropes – however, they are so well mixed into the story that I found myself uncaring about the occasional cliché element. I think, in part, this is because so much occurred throughout this story. From the very first page, something is happening in this one – events are non-stop, leaving you sucked in throughout. Without a doubt, this one ended up surprising me. I wasn’t sure at first, but by the end I was addicted. There is no doubt of me diving into Carbon, book two.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LAWonder10

    Watcher is a part of a new, exciting,  YA dystopian series! This will keep the reader captivated throughout the entire book! It has non-stop adventure and action, with a slight touch of romance. If a reader enjoyed the Divergence series, then he/she will love this! How many times can one face death without succumbing to it? Can good survive evil? Is there a traitor among the humans? The "Watchers" are the few dedicated and trained ones who keep the remaining humans safe after the nuclear World War Watcher is a part of a new, exciting,  YA dystopian series! This will keep the reader captivated throughout the entire book! It has non-stop adventure and action, with a slight touch of romance. If a reader enjoyed the Divergence series, then he/she will love this! How many times can one face death without succumbing to it? Can good survive evil? Is there a traitor among the humans? The "Watchers" are the few dedicated and trained ones who keep the remaining humans safe after the nuclear World War 111 wiped out most of the nations of the earth. The Bots and Carbons are set on recruiting or destroying the remaining population of Cytos and Kuros. The ruler there has an unpenetratable element at his deposal.  This tale will capture the reader's interest from the first page! The characters are very well developed and feel real. The scenes are portrayed well and easily visualized. This is written very well! The book cover is not very eye-catching but portrays the dismal situation in the book very well. The title is simple but could not better define the story content. It has a powerful and solid ending which is complete, yet, leaves the reader eager to read the next book of the series. I give this novel a strong Five Stars rating. *This book was gifted me with no obligation to post a positive review. This is my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I have read a lot of dystopian young adult books. What is most important about these types of books is the world that the story is built around and the characters. Check and check to both elements as this book had it and more. Sawyer is a strong female lead. You can't go wrong with strong female leads. Yet, she would not be where she is if it was not for the rest of the team: Adam, Kyle, Smith, and Sam to name a few. Each one was not only just as equally strong but they all had different qualiti I have read a lot of dystopian young adult books. What is most important about these types of books is the world that the story is built around and the characters. Check and check to both elements as this book had it and more. Sawyer is a strong female lead. You can't go wrong with strong female leads. Yet, she would not be where she is if it was not for the rest of the team: Adam, Kyle, Smith, and Sam to name a few. Each one was not only just as equally strong but they all had different qualities to helped the team. Than, you had the wild card, Kenzie. He shook things up a bit with the hint of flirting with Sawyer. However, the flirting was just the right amount. Not too much to take away from the overall story. Speaking of the story. What is a story without an bad guy. Coleman is the evil leader behind the Bots and Carbons. Even I did not see it coming by some of the secrets he revealed. The ending left me with a big desire to check out the next book and see how it all ends. Anyone who is a fan of dystopian, young adult books needs to grab a copy today. This is a recommended read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    An amazing story as always. Sawyer has sworn to protect but it’s not easy. A fast moving story to keep you intrigued. A superb fantasy book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Floryie

    When I started reading the book, I was a bit wary. The reason was that this was a first time author and in general, dytopian category seemed to go a bit slow. Or rather the ones I had read in the past. But this one was a fast from the start. The only thing which had me feeling uneasy was the length of the book. It felt it was a bit long from an overview. But as soon as I started off, I didn't feel fatigued at all. It was speedy and full of action. Books are either based on the world created withi When I started reading the book, I was a bit wary. The reason was that this was a first time author and in general, dytopian category seemed to go a bit slow. Or rather the ones I had read in the past. But this one was a fast from the start. The only thing which had me feeling uneasy was the length of the book. It felt it was a bit long from an overview. But as soon as I started off, I didn't feel fatigued at all. It was speedy and full of action. Books are either based on the world created within or the characters. And there are books where both the world and the characters are equally important and are well entwined. This is one such book. The world of humans, Bots and Carbons was new to me and it was engrossing. It wasn't too technical to put me off. Actually it was easy to understand. I am happy that the author kept it intriguing with her different scientific concepts. Then there are the characters from Sawyer to Kenzie. I loved meeting all of them. Sawyer is such a strong lead. She has so much potential in her character that I can't wait to see how she forges forward in the struggle. Kenzie's introduction was a bit mysterious but he had lots of twists to add to the tale. That's another good point of the story. The author has added enough interesting turns to the tale that I was never bored. Heck no! I was very much involved in following the fascinating tale. And I have to the supporting cast. They are almost as strong as the leads and I will be remiss if I don't mention how they bolster the characters and the story. As far as I am concerned, this face paced heart pumping dystopian adventure is a real treat and I had absolute fun with the guessing of the secrets and the fast action scenes. And the romance part was small enough to add to the tale and not intervene in the plot. That was tastefully done. Now I am looking forward to Carbon !! I can't wait and I am sure that if you read this book, you will be as interested as me. I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. These are my own thoughts and they are not influenced by anything. My one line review : A fast paced dystopian action adventure! My rating : 5/5 My reread factor : 4/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily G

    Watcher was a very compelling read. With an enigmatic protagonist and a mysterious stranger what’s not to love. I was immediately hooked on the first chapter because it had a clear introduction to the problem; bots and cyborgs! I got this ebook with a book crate (Fae Crate’s July box) and I’m very pleased It reminds me of a Shatter Me meets Cinder in all the best ways from a strong and powerful female protagonist and well.. robots! I love Well-done sci-fi stories and this one certainly exceed my Watcher was a very compelling read. With an enigmatic protagonist and a mysterious stranger what’s not to love. I was immediately hooked on the first chapter because it had a clear introduction to the problem; bots and cyborgs! I got this ebook with a book crate (Fae Crate’s July box) and I’m very pleased It reminds me of a Shatter Me meets Cinder in all the best ways from a strong and powerful female protagonist and well.. robots! I love Well-done sci-fi stories and this one certainly exceed my expectations! Can’t wait to read book 2!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The Book This dives straight into some good action with some nice descriptions and introduces us to the main character. It takes a little bit to get used to the world and whats going on but once you do its a good story and the characters are written well. There's obvious parallels to some other sci-fi properties such as Terminator but these are purely on the surface and the world we see here and its d I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The Book This dives straight into some good action with some nice descriptions and introduces us to the main character. It takes a little bit to get used to the world and whats going on but once you do its a good story and the characters are written well. There's obvious parallels to some other sci-fi properties such as Terminator but these are purely on the surface and the world we see here and its dystopian setting is good enough to stand on its own. As with many YA series this features romance as well as action but this isn't done in an annoying simpering way its just a part of the story which is good as sometimes romance in YA books can bog down and detract from the rest of the story. The ending sets up nicely for more and I hope they will continue the story in much the same quality as this is, I didn't listen to the preview at the end as that's often more annoying if you cant read the full story! The Production The female narrator has a nice tone and reads well, there's a slight hiss sometimes on the end of her sentences ending in an 'S' which is a little annoying but livable. The male narrator doesn't read quite as well, his tone is more flat but the quality is better. Overall though its a good performance between them both and works well when switching viewpoints.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This was a very fast paced from the start, scary because it could potentially happen, apocalyptic/ SciFi story. This is definitely not a touchy-feely story at any point. It’s a brutal life, just about every character has already lost everyone they love, and they live a life knowing they could lose a friend at any minute too. This story has the extra creepy factor of how very near to our current date this timeline is, and how very possible it is that the world could turn completely upside down in This was a very fast paced from the start, scary because it could potentially happen, apocalyptic/ SciFi story. This is definitely not a touchy-feely story at any point. It’s a brutal life, just about every character has already lost everyone they love, and they live a life knowing they could lose a friend at any minute too. This story has the extra creepy factor of how very near to our current date this timeline is, and how very possible it is that the world could turn completely upside down in the exact way it happens in this story. I especially like that the author chose not to make it one big event that caused this apocalyptic world. It was one big event that started it, but then the attempted fix made things so much worse. What else have we learned in way too many stories where things go wrong? Watch out for crazy scientists that want to “make the world a better place”. We all know that no two people could ever agree on how to make the world a better place, or how to make human nature as a whole better. I suppose in a way, you could take this book as a cautionary story on this exact subject. This story is told through two different points of view. What added to much of the mystery is that you immediately know who one of the characters are, and what their part in the story is, but the other remains a mystery character for quite a while. You know their stories will combine soon, but you don’t know when, why, or if it will be a good thing or a bad thing. There is a lot that goes on in this book, and there is very rarely a slow moment. In this case, the author did a good job and making this a good thing. I never got confused about who was who, who was doing what, or what was going on where. It all flowed together very well. If anything, there may have been a few points where there was too much detail, such as a training/fight scene, where my attention did start to wander a little with the detail that went into every move each fighter made. It didn’t necessarily add to the story, and could’ve been summed up a bit quicker, but it certainly didn’t make me want to put the book down. There was never a point where the book got slow enough that I ever wanted to put it down. In fact, I never wanted to, always wanting to know what was going to happen next with each frequent development. The only confusing part of the story to me was that now that there wasn’t a “United States” anymore, and there were only 2 main cities left, it was hard to understand WHERE they were. It sounds like one is on the west coast and one is on the east coast, but at one point (and this is a potential small spoiler) they talk about WALKING from one city to the other, and it seems to be possible to be done rather quickly. Even current day, with no apocalypse and several conveniences in between, I don’t see that as being possible. It could be how I read it, but there are several things mentioned that continue to imply this, so it did get a tiny bit distracting that it wouldn’t be possible, and it wasn’t made clear where these places really were, like “formerly the California area” or “formerly the New York area”. Even with this, however, it was more of a tiny annoyance rather that affecting the story as a whole. Overall, this was a really fascinating story, with a great amount of detail, and a scary amount of potential realism. I liked that nothing is every tied up in a pretty bow, that life is messy and always unsure, and this isn’t even the beginning. It seems as though book 2 is about to tell us just how messy thing can get, and just how much one 18 year old girl can really handle to save what’s left of the human race.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brian's Book Blog

    YA Dystopian Done Right 4.5 out of 5 stars I'm not always a fan of when an author includes an "it's like this thing you like meets this thing you like".  It always feels like they are trying to link themselves to something more famous even if their books have nothing to do with it (or very little).  Fortunately, for Watcher - Eversley was dead on.  It was really like Divergent meets Terminator.  It had the dystopian groups (the Watchers reminded me a lot of Dauntless).  And then there were humanoi YA Dystopian Done Right 4.5 out of 5 stars I'm not always a fan of when an author includes an "it's like this thing you like meets this thing you like".  It always feels like they are trying to link themselves to something more famous even if their books have nothing to do with it (or very little).  Fortunately, for Watcher - Eversley was dead on.  It was really like Divergent meets Terminator.  It had the dystopian groups (the Watchers reminded me a lot of Dauntless).  And then there were humanoid robots and Cabrons who were out to destroy the remaining humans in pretty much any way they could.  I'd say that comparing it to those two films (and books) was pretty dead on. Sawyer was a slight cookie cutter heroine but it didn't take away from the story at all.  She was kind of reckless - putting herself and others in danger when she didn't really need to, wasn't really a rule follower, etc. While these are all the norm for books like this. Sawyer was given a little more to like.  The guy she meets later in the story is also a little typical (sort of bad boy but also good for her). In my eyes, in YA books like this, it's as much about the world and the interaction with it as it is the characters.  I also assume it's really hard to make a standout and unique character when you have the Katniss and Tris's of the YA Dystopian world without making them a little similar.  I was a big fan of Divergent and I thought that Eversley created a world that was more interesting while also making the story stand on its own.  Sawyer was one of those should be forgetful characters but something stuck out to me about her.  I think the flashbacks and the "it's been 10 years" parts of the book (taking her from 8 to 18) made me feel for her on a deeper level. Realizing that she was basically raised to be a Watcher and nothing else (no teenager moments, boys, etc). I've never read anything by Eversley before - but I will be continuing the series.  I think that it translated really well to audio especially with Chelsea Stephens at the helm.  She was able to give a voice to Sawyer - allowing her to jump off the page.  The addition of Steven Campbell was also needed in my opinion.  For Chelsea to read his parts (even if they were in the third person) would/could have been jarring.  But having a male narrate the major male character (especially while getting a glimpse into his mind) really stood out to me. I think it was needed and allowed Chelsea to focus on moving Sawyer forward without much distraction or interruption.  Overall, a YA Dystopian novel that was a genuine surprise to me.  So many books try to be the next YA hit and fail on so many levels - but Eversley including the typical YA fare with brooding teenagers, first loves, and suspense. But also threw in a lot of heart, some betrayal (I guess this is pretty typical too), and freakin' robots! If you liked Divergent or Terminator - give this one a try.  If you like YA Dystopian Trilogies - I couldn't imagine this letting you down. 

  10. 4 out of 5

    Blood Rose Books

    4.5 Stars In the first in a series and debut novel by A.J. Eversley, she takes the reader to dystopia Earth, where machines that look like human rule and the humans that are left are slowly losing the battle save humanity: Sawyer is the younger Watcher in her resistance that is sworn to protect humanity. It is her job to watch over the city and protect the few humans that are left. The Bots and Carbons that come out each day to try and find the last humans so they can be taken away to who knows wh 4.5 Stars In the first in a series and debut novel by A.J. Eversley, she takes the reader to dystopia Earth, where machines that look like human rule and the humans that are left are slowly losing the battle save humanity: Sawyer is the younger Watcher in her resistance that is sworn to protect humanity. It is her job to watch over the city and protect the few humans that are left. The Bots and Carbons that come out each day to try and find the last humans so they can be taken away to who knows what fate have been changing and evolving. They have now decided to target the Watcher's themselves. On a rescue mission Sawyer is faced to make a choice who lives and who dies. But something about this mission does not add up, someone has betrayed them. Sawyer made a promise to protect humanity, but that comes at a cost as she tries to figure out who is friend and who is foe and who ultimately needs to die. This was a really interesting debut novel and I really enjoyed getting to know the world and main characters that Eversley created. The world is very interesting, you can tell that Eversley used some tried and true ideas from other popular media forms, but I think that overall she was able to make them her own on most fronts by blending them together. I did not sit there reading thinking to myself oh here we go again with any of the ideas presented in this book. Additionally, I think that Eversley understood the flow that this book needed, and while it was fast paced moving from action scene to action scene, Eversley also took the time to let the reader get to know the two main characters better. I enjoy reading within the dystopia genre and some of them have been geared towards YA readers and what I really appreciate with what Eversley did within this book is to not make the book about Sawyer's romance or the need to have a guy help/save her (and also a plus in my books is that there does not seem to be a love triangle coming...finally). So this leads me to not only enjoying this book more but also liking Sawyer as a character. Though at times I found her slightly immature in her thinking process or her actions outside of a battle, but that was something more that would come in time and maturity which I do not expect Sawyer to have yet even though she has had to grow up in a war zone. Like I said above I was extremely happy that she was not boy obsessed and when push comes to shove she will do what needs to be done, even if that means killing someone. With this being said you can probably guess that there are some darker undertones within this book that I was not expecting as well. This book was like part Matrix part Terminator, so if either of those descriptors piqued your interest you should check this book out. This was great debut novel and I am looking forward to continuing on with the series. I am really looking forward to where Eversley takes the readers next. Enjoy!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Jones

    If your streets and the buildings around you were all empty, how would you react? It would be quite lonely, one would imagine–if you were one of the only humans left, fighting against robots fro the survival of the human species? That is a lot of pressure for one person to have. Eversley has a gripping science fiction novel that will pull readers in quickly and keep them hanging on every detail. Sawyer is a watcher. That means that she is one of the last humans who can fight against the Bots and If your streets and the buildings around you were all empty, how would you react? It would be quite lonely, one would imagine–if you were one of the only humans left, fighting against robots fro the survival of the human species? That is a lot of pressure for one person to have. Eversley has a gripping science fiction novel that will pull readers in quickly and keep them hanging on every detail. Sawyer is a watcher. That means that she is one of the last humans who can fight against the Bots and Carbons to protect humanity–what’s left of it. Someone started a mass war years ago to wipe out the humans to make way for a more advanced species, Carbon copies of humans. They look like humans, but are stronger, faster, able to heal rapidly and hard to kill. With the human population dwindling down quickly, Sawyer and the rest of her team must figure out a way to get the upper hand on their power source. Finding a building with human survivors so close to Carbon territory, Sawyer knows that this mission could very well be a trap–but they still have to try to save them. Once the mission ends and the humans are safely brought back to their underground base, Sawyer does the one thing that she vowed never to do. Her feelings for one of the survivors has clouded her judgment and left her vulnerable…vulnerable to her emotions and maybe even vulnerable enough to be betrayed. With time against them, Sawyer and her team know that the biggest fight that they’ve ever had to face will be coming soon and most of their team may not come out alive. Eversley has a superb story-line, filled with creativity, world-building, and originality. We’ve all heard and seen science fiction novels and movies, but Eversley brings a new twist to fold. The pace is quick and steady from the beginning and carries through the entirety of the story. She is provide that urgency to understand the depth of endangerment the human race faces. Since this review compliments the audiobook, both narrators did fantastic work with voice relay. The scenes were vivid for the imagination and characters were credible. This is the first installment in the Watcher Series, so readers can jump right in. If you are interested in action and science fiction, this may a perfect fit. Fair warning, once you plunge into this novel, you may find yourself picking up the rest of the series soon after. An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Watcher by AJ Eversley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Bronder

    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 an 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chance Hansen

    Now this is something. YA is not the world I normally live in. Let alone the world dystopians. So fresh eyes for a mid-grade reader. Let go. Cover The elements of the story are on the cover. A person living as a ghost in ruin. I guess as a pro and a con her outline is hard to read having only her head and hands floating there but as a ghost aka Watcher it also makes sense. I have to say I LOVED the addition of the Eye gadget on her face. Interior I want to look at the story for a moment. This story Now this is something. YA is not the world I normally live in. Let alone the world dystopians. So fresh eyes for a mid-grade reader. Let go. Cover The elements of the story are on the cover. A person living as a ghost in ruin. I guess as a pro and a con her outline is hard to read having only her head and hands floating there but as a ghost aka Watcher it also makes sense. I have to say I LOVED the addition of the Eye gadget on her face. Interior I want to look at the story for a moment. This story is high paced with some really realized characters. At no point does the book make you wish to hurry up and get to the point. You appreciate when it take a moment to slow down and when it’s time to get the heart racing. There are enough clues that you can piece it together before you get to the end. The final twist is a really interesting direction. The emotion direction in this book is actually making me think right now about what Carbon might have to offer. I’m quite intrigued with the Carbon almost mix between Detroit Becoming Human game and I,Robot movie. Love Kenzie and Sawyer’s personalities and how all character work off each other. The degree’s of Carbon is an interesting angle. Through the violence and older moments, I do have to go oy. I ‘m not the type that does descriptive death. I get it’s YA and it runs on different rules so my conclusion… I’ve been saying it already on-line. It’s April 2020 and it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year and better than most of what I read in 2019.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Gregory

    The initial problem encountered by Sawyer, the main character, quickly pulls us into the world created by the author. With sufficient detail to describe the future, the reader is ready to become an audience to the events as they take place. Sawyer’s initial mistake confirms she is human and capable of failure. And the stage is set - technology has failed to protect as expected and humans must adapt, again, to a different reality. Sawyer as a character is believable. She makes errors, corrects the The initial problem encountered by Sawyer, the main character, quickly pulls us into the world created by the author. With sufficient detail to describe the future, the reader is ready to become an audience to the events as they take place. Sawyer’s initial mistake confirms she is human and capable of failure. And the stage is set - technology has failed to protect as expected and humans must adapt, again, to a different reality. Sawyer as a character is believable. She makes errors, corrects them, has limitations and reflects on her actions. Although the problem presented for solving at first seems simple - capture a Carbon and fix the glitch in the devices - Eversley continues to make the situation more challenging by obliquely introducing Kenzie, both as a mystery and as a love interest for Sawyer. The intensity of the work varies, from action-packed chapters with each character’s movements described in detail, to more ethereal chapters, where characters converse in veiled messages to be revealed later. Diverse chapter lengths add to the manner of telling the story, with long scenes of action followed by more sedate conversations that allow us to know a little more of Sawyer’s world and the obstacles she encounters. With numerous twists and turns, the plot moves forward to a conclusion both surprising and expected.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela Thompson

    Watcher was Impossible to Put Down. I typically read while waiting for the girls after school or between activities. After not finding time to begin this book after several days; I opened it one evening before bedtime planning just to start it and "get a feel" for the author's writing style. A few hours later, I was reading the last pages and putting the second book in my bag to read! The book maintains an action packed pace--and incorporates enough twists and turns (some rather sudden and unexp Watcher was Impossible to Put Down. I typically read while waiting for the girls after school or between activities. After not finding time to begin this book after several days; I opened it one evening before bedtime planning just to start it and "get a feel" for the author's writing style. A few hours later, I was reading the last pages and putting the second book in my bag to read! The book maintains an action packed pace--and incorporates enough twists and turns (some rather sudden and unexpected) that readers will find it impossible to put down. Eversley's Writing Style Creates a Perfect YA Dystopian Novel. The author launches readers directly into the story's action--and develops her characters and her futuristic world in pieces throughout the book. Readers develop an understanding of bots and carbons and of the characters and their plights over time. Even without being told immediately exactly what a bot is--readers are not left confused. Expect to receive the information needed to fill in the storyline, the setting, and the character development as it is necessary. Many times, readers will be even a little surprised by events right along with the book's characters. This style creates a novel that flows and grows--and doesn't burden impatient readers with lengthy descriptions and overly, technical, sci-fi jargon. Would I recommend Watcher? I loved Hunger Games--and enjoyed this series just as much. The author creates a very well rounded story and a host of characters to love (or hate) as she begins her series. I loved the flow of the novel, the twists, and the loose ends pulling me toward the next book. I highly recommend this book to dystopian fans--especially fans of novels with strong female leads. With a PG tone, it is an acceptable book for even most teen readers. I look forward to continuing this series and reading more from this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Stoeckel

    “The Stars are the key. They will keep you safe.” Sawyer Russo, one of the youngest Watchers feels she has to prove she can protect humanity. The question is, can she protect herself? Orphaned at an early age in a post World War III world, she and the other Watchers keep the humans safe from the Bots and the Carbons. It used to be easy to find and stop a Carbon, but they are evolving and adapting and it’s getting dangerous to assume anything. And then, the Watchers are infiltrated by someone. Frie “The Stars are the key. They will keep you safe.” Sawyer Russo, one of the youngest Watchers feels she has to prove she can protect humanity. The question is, can she protect herself? Orphaned at an early age in a post World War III world, she and the other Watchers keep the humans safe from the Bots and the Carbons. It used to be easy to find and stop a Carbon, but they are evolving and adapting and it’s getting dangerous to assume anything. And then, the Watchers are infiltrated by someone. Friend,Foe, WTF? And the story takes twists you can never imagine. Who is who and why is it happening? I won The Watcher trilogy from the author in a giveaway, but I had already downloaded the entire series as ebooks before then. My response to this, the first book is that I never ever saw what was coming and I spent too many nights reading until my eyes crossed to find out. This is un-putdown-able writing and I cannot wait to start Book 2. Highly recommended 5/5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Allyn

    I loved the heroine in Watcher. She was written with depth and had such a reality to her personality she jumped from the pages. I was hooked from page one, drawn into action and scenes of a world that (IMHO) could one day be our reality. In the future, wars have broken humanity, followed by technology bringing the survivors to their knees, or, in this case an underground bunker where they struggle to survive and fight back against the bots. Sawyer leads us through the history behind thier demise, I loved the heroine in Watcher. She was written with depth and had such a reality to her personality she jumped from the pages. I was hooked from page one, drawn into action and scenes of a world that (IMHO) could one day be our reality. In the future, wars have broken humanity, followed by technology bringing the survivors to their knees, or, in this case an underground bunker where they struggle to survive and fight back against the bots. Sawyer leads us through the history behind thier demise, and the streets where they hunt the dreaded machines that are intent on wiping them out. Or are they? The story has twists and turns, surprises and action. You get to feel the humanity, the dispair and tiny threads of hope for something better. I love that the book got my heart pounding, I turned pages wrapped up not only in the action, but the mystery of what was unfolding through each chapter. I'm not a spoiler reviewer, so will end this one by saying I look forward to the rest of the series to find out how this battle ends!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Watcher by AJ Eversley was a very well written science fiction book that I greatly enjoyed reading. I absolutely loved Sawyer Russo as a character, I felt like the author did a wonderful job in giving her a unique personality and life story that made her into the perfect protagonist for this book. The book reminded me a little bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with how it was one person trying to save everyone. I would personally recommend this book to anyone who enjoy science fiction, mystery, an Watcher by AJ Eversley was a very well written science fiction book that I greatly enjoyed reading. I absolutely loved Sawyer Russo as a character, I felt like the author did a wonderful job in giving her a unique personality and life story that made her into the perfect protagonist for this book. The book reminded me a little bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with how it was one person trying to save everyone. I would personally recommend this book to anyone who enjoy science fiction, mystery, and action adventure genres. I look forward to reading the second book in the series. I will be sure to post my review of it online I can only hope it is half as good as Watcher was!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Hodges

    Sawyer is an orphaned girl who lives in a world not unlike that of the Terminator movies, where machines have taken over and now roam the streets searching for the last remaining humans. She is a Watcher, a skilled tracker and eliminator. However, when the machines seem to be getting smarter, she and her crew must risk everything to discover why, and to stop it. If you like dystopian stories, than this will appeal to you. It's engaging, fast-paced, exciting, and Sawyer is a great main character. Sawyer is an orphaned girl who lives in a world not unlike that of the Terminator movies, where machines have taken over and now roam the streets searching for the last remaining humans. She is a Watcher, a skilled tracker and eliminator. However, when the machines seem to be getting smarter, she and her crew must risk everything to discover why, and to stop it. If you like dystopian stories, than this will appeal to you. It's engaging, fast-paced, exciting, and Sawyer is a great main character. She comes off as cold at first, but that changes when she meets the mysterious Kenzie. There are many twists in the story that I did not expect.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melody Spencer

    “I am a Watcher. I was trained to fight to save what remains of humanity, and I’d do so until my dying breath” What an awesome story! I was hooked right from the beginning of this dystopian tale. Taking place in a barren future after World World III, the Bots that everyone thought were there to help us have turned on humanity along with the more advanced Carbons and the remaining humans are in trouble. The Watchers are doing everything they can to survive and save anyone still out there while el “I am a Watcher. I was trained to fight to save what remains of humanity, and I’d do so until my dying breath” What an awesome story! I was hooked right from the beginning of this dystopian tale. Taking place in a barren future after World World III, the Bots that everyone thought were there to help us have turned on humanity along with the more advanced Carbons and the remaining humans are in trouble. The Watchers are doing everything they can to survive and save anyone still out there while eliminating the threat wherever they are able. This book is filled with plenty of action, friendships, heartache, and twists and turns you don’t see coming. I highly recommend this one!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    It took me a couple of chapters to get into the book as the start is mostly Sawyer going on about how fast and clever she is. She comes across as quite conceited rather than just confident, though I guess she's always had to act super-tough to fit in with the guys. However, I soon got pulled into the world and the story. It's a futuristic story where robots and Carbons have overrun the city and humans are being targeted. Kenzie is a real mystery throughout the book. He's a very interesting charac It took me a couple of chapters to get into the book as the start is mostly Sawyer going on about how fast and clever she is. She comes across as quite conceited rather than just confident, though I guess she's always had to act super-tough to fit in with the guys. However, I soon got pulled into the world and the story. It's a futuristic story where robots and Carbons have overrun the city and humans are being targeted. Kenzie is a real mystery throughout the book. He's a very interesting character who seems genuine but you can never be sure. I enjoyed the reading by 2 narrators. I think it gave a better feel for the 2 main characters. I'm interested to carry on with the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle VanDaley

    My review is based on the audiobook Watcher does a great job laying the ground work for this fantastic dystopian series. The story is action packed with descriptive world building and in depth characters that you can't help becoming invested in. The narration is on point with male and female narrators bringing the characters and story to life with a perfect inflection and pacing. I look forward to more in this series and from these narrators. My review is based on the audiobook Watcher does a great job laying the ground work for this fantastic dystopian series. The story is action packed with descriptive world building and in depth characters that you can't help becoming invested in. The narration is on point with male and female narrators bringing the characters and story to life with a perfect inflection and pacing. I look forward to more in this series and from these narrators.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Huskins

    I've just finished reading this YA novel and it kept me wanting to read more! There were twists that I didn't see coming and kept me from putting my book down for the night, continually saying 'just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed'. The author developed the characters in a way you can understand their drive to do what they do. It was a quick read and the story line was easy to follow! I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family! Can't wait for more from this author. I've just finished reading this YA novel and it kept me wanting to read more! There were twists that I didn't see coming and kept me from putting my book down for the night, continually saying 'just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed'. The author developed the characters in a way you can understand their drive to do what they do. It was a quick read and the story line was easy to follow! I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family! Can't wait for more from this author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sabetha

    Overall this story is creepily realistic. Well thought out world building and premise. A few points fell flat for me, where I was thinking, okay get on with it already. But the twists made the wait worth it. Definitely worth reading if you are into post apocalyptic books. I look forward to discovering what happens next in Sawyers journey.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deedra

    I didn't want to stop reading to this!A really good first book in a series with a peak at the next book.I can't wait to hear more of Sawyer and Chevys story. Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell were terrific narrators. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review. I didn't want to stop reading to this!A really good first book in a series with a peak at the next book.I can't wait to hear more of Sawyer and Chevys story. Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell were terrific narrators. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    Bots and Carbons This is definitely a new twist for me. Life after World War III. I really enjoyed this story line. Action, loyalty, and finding out who you can trust And the adventure continues.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dalmau

    This book was fantastic, the story building was amazing, characters were awesome and plot was great. I was hooked from the first page. I can't wait to read the next book. This book was fantastic, the story building was amazing, characters were awesome and plot was great. I was hooked from the first page. I can't wait to read the next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    An excellent first book in this enthralling new fantasy series! I really enjoyed this story, good characters, exciting story! It was Brilliant!! I do recommend this & will look forward to more from this writer & series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Johnson

    My daughter absolutely loves the Watcher series and has completely devoured each novel with anticipation for the next books

  30. 4 out of 5

    Monique Wilson

    Cool Super thought- provoking. Now it has me pondering how this could tie into my belief that we live in a VR simulation...

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