We, The Watched

We, The Watched

by Adam Bender

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Overview

We, The Watched by Adam Bender

An amnesiac struggles to conform in a nation that administers a Watched List of its own citizens. He meets people who accept invasive surveillance by the government and forced uniformity by the church as necessary safeguards for protecting national security. But will the fresh perspective from his rebirth be a blessing or a curse?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434832740
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/10/2013
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About 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 has reported extensively on technology and the international debate between personal privacy and national security. Adam is a senior journalist for Computerworld, Techworld and CIO in Sydney, Australia. He previously covered US politics on Capitol Hill for the esteemed Washington trade journal, Communications Daily.

He lives with his wife in Sydney.

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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!