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We, The Watched
     

We, The Watched

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by Adam Bender
 

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Break through the government propaganda and avoid surveillance cameras in We, The Watched.
Told from the first-person perspective of an amnesiac, this dystopian adventure places the reader in the shoes of Seven as he struggles to go unnoticed in a surveillance society and discover his true identity. Seven enters a dystopia where the government conducts mass

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Break through the government propaganda and avoid surveillance cameras in We, The Watched.
Told from the first-person perspective of an amnesiac, this dystopian adventure places the reader in the shoes of Seven as he struggles to go unnoticed in a surveillance society and discover his true identity. Seven enters a dystopia where the government conducts mass surveillance and keeps a Watched list of its own citizens. The Church has become as powerful as the State, and people who resist are called Heretics and face execution. Seven's amnesia gives him a blank-slate perspective that helps him see through the propaganda, and he soon gets involved with a group of rebels called the Underground. But this same perceptive power could get him into a lot of trouble with the government police force known as the Guard.

The debut novel by Adam Bender exposes a current political issue in an exciting science fiction adventure, carrying on the tradition of dystopian classics 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, as well as more recent blockbuster novels like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

"Fueled by a brilliantly nebulous backdrop, this briskly paced, action-packed novel is undeniably a page-turner of the highest order... A deeply allegorical and powerfully thought-provoking dystopian must-read." - Kirkus Reviews

"The dialog was excellent and the situations seemed driven by curiosity, which is a great way to pull you into an adventure. The detail of the forest and every part of the book helped me visualize the world and kept me submersed in the story. The author captures the imagination of the reader creating an addicting story." - Readers Favorite

"There's action, romance, and social commentary woven into a brilliant story with an amazing plot twist near the end ... It's science fiction in the way that Orwell's 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury dystopian novels are considered science fiction ... The writing is nearly on par with these geniuses of the written word." - The American Chronicle

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000893654
Publisher:
Adam Bender
Publication date:
05/12/2010
Series:
We, The Watched , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Adam Bender is an award-winning journalist and author of speculative fiction that explores modern-day political fears with a balance of action and romance. Adam self-published two dystopian sci-fi novels: WE, THE WATCHED and DIVIDED WE FALL. He is adapting WE, THE WATCHED into a screenplay and writing an epic new story, THE WANDERER AND THE NEW WEST. Adam has reported extensively on technology and the international debate between personal privacy and national security. He has won journalism awards for his articles from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Specialized Information Publishers Association.

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We, The Watched 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
eLPy13 More than 1 year ago
***I received a free copy of this e-book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.*** From the door I was a bit annoyed with the constant inner monologue but it didn’t take too long to get into the swing of things, even though I still feel waking up with total amnesia would leave me in a much greater state of panic; seems hard to believe Seven can be cool-headed at all. On the other hand this behavior proves him to be smart enough to get by without being noticed, some might say a perfect balance, at times. But any who, if you can get past this, or warm up to it (as I did), then you’ll hold on to this story in an effort to know a little bit of something. Before too long the plot thickens more and more and you find yourself hooked to the gravy of it all.  What happened to the main protagonist who goes by Seven that caused him this amnesia? Why did he wake up in the woods? What’s he going to do and at what point, if ever, does he regain his memory? Meanwhile you wonder, what’s going on in this world? Clearly the government is paranoid and spying on people, controlling the populous but how and what does it all mean? How in this messed up world is this Seven character going to get by?  Eventually the colorful monologues serve as an alternative to setting, which I don’t know would be to everyone’s taste but it’s entertaining and humorous at times. The plot carries itself well enough to get you through it if you so require more setting. The twists may feel predictable at times but don’t be fooled. I read this book easily really, the dialogue & monologue actually helped this quite a bit (kept the characters more alive for me). I’m not the fastest reader but I finished this in about a day. The characters were well developed and believable, even when it was annoying you were just as happy to have them there as so many of the colorful characters in our everyday lives. If you’re into dystopian stories, paranoid government schemes and corruption along with the idea of revolution I’d say you’d enjoy this book. I’m interested in knowing how it all plays out so I’ll be picking up the sequel in the nearby future. 
rabidmuskrat More than 1 year ago
We the Watched is an intriguing thought experiment into the application of an extremist approach to domestic monitoring of citizens on a modern day era. Though no specific country names or religions are mentioned, it is very simple to draw the connection between already existing situations such as The Patriot Act, and religious law in the Middle East. The narrative begins with a somewhat jarring entry into the mind of the protagonist, an amnesic mind, desperate for answers, every bit as confused and erratic as one might expect. With every deduction and distraction, the reader is pulled into the mind themselves. It is somewhat of a brute force tactic, but in the end it results in a deep connection with the character drawing extremely visceral responses from the reader to the events that unfold as the story progresses. Bender does a good job of lyrically painting the landscape. Even when the environments themselves are supposed to be somewhat industrial and plain, the reader is able to visualize vivid mental pictures, complete with imagery of the citizens of this dystopian society and tinges of the white noise that are indicative of the dark secrets it hides. Ultimately, We the Watched is definitely worth the read. There is room for expansion and elaboration of the world, but doing so would have been wholly unnecessary for the narrative portrayed. It is a fantastic debut for Bender, and I look forward to seeing what else he comes up with.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Elizabeth M. for Readers Favorite I have always loved sci-fi books and the detail in this book is phenomenal. A young man awakes in a "Big Brother" type future and must discover his world and himself. These circumstances really drew me in right from the first chapter. The dialog was excellent and the situations seemed driven by curiosity, which is a great way to pull you into an adventure. The detail of the forest and every part of the book helped me visualize the world and kept me submersed in the story. The author captures the imagination of the reader creating an addicting story. There is some adult language but it seems appropriate with the dialogue. If you enjoy science fiction, then you should consider reading this book.
raynefirewitch More than 1 year ago
I was completely impressed with this book. I was afraid that the disclaimer that this book was for over 18 and the "Big Brother" lean in the description would make for an mediocre read at best. But I really dove into the plot and now I am starting to look over my shoulder. Bravo Bravo Bravo.
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Gutsu More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Just about everything in this book was good from start to finish. It really sinks you into the book by barely having character description besides gender. The way it's done really just lets you make out the characters to what you see fit in your own mind based on a very vague description. The only bad thing I can say about this book is the fact that it has cliffhanger endings at the end of each chapter, which was fine with me since I kept wanting to read more and more and I had the time. I highly recommend this book if you come across it, and as an added bonus, IT'S CHEAP!