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Watcher

The Watcher Series, Book 1
Series: The Watcher Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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2019 Independent Audiobook Award Winner for Young Adult

"First came the Bots. They were meant to serve us, but they turned and thousands died. Then the Carbons arrived and we were left with only a few hundred humans. After ten years of war, I'm one of the few survivors. I'm a Watcher, and I won't give up the fight."

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one.

Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved...and who can’t.

Divergent meets Terminator in this epic YA trilogy.

©2017 AJ Eversley (P)2018 AJ Eversley

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YA Dystopian Done Right

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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. I requested a free copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

I was hooked from the beginning to end!!! Its a great start to a series that I will definitely keep up with. Between the author and the 2 narrators, you could just feel like you were there witnessing all that was happening. Would definitely recommend to anyone that loves dystopian fiction...

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great beginning to a great series

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by AJ Eversley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I read Watcher last year and it was a book I could have read again so when I had the chance to listen to the audiobook, I was thrilled.

It’s after World War III and Sawyer is a Watcher, one of a team that watches for and kills Bots and Carbons in the devastated city of Cytos. Bots used to serve people but suddenly turned on them. Carbons are more like humans than robots and are more difficult to kill than Bots. The Watchers also try to rescue people who are stranded in other parts of the city.

The Watchers live in a self-sufficient bunker with hundreds of other people. Sawyer has lost her parents and learned that it’s best to not get too close to others so that she won’t be hurt. That’s easier said than done. When they found her, Kyle took her under his wing and trained her to be a Watcher so he’s like a big brother to her. Then they rescue some people and one of them, Kenzie, takes her breath away. She tries to deny the attraction between them but will she be able to hold out?

When things suddenly start to fall apart, Sawyer finds out that everyone has secrets and she knows that she’s going to have to rethink who she trusts or if she should ever trust anyone.

I like AJ Eversley’s writing style and her characters are complex and well developed. The narrators did a great job with timing, inflection, and character voices. I especially like that there was one narrator for Sawyer’s chapters and one for Kenzie’s chapters.

Watcher is full of action, heartbreak, loss, twists, and betrayal. If you like The Hunger Games or The Divergent series you’ll like The Watcher series.

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Watcher

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.

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A bad time to be a human.

Wow, too real! There is a very good reason for this re-occurring theme. Once you totally give all decision power to an AI, I do believe it is a quick spiral down. Very good entry to this genre. I highly recommend this book and series. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Loved this!!

This took a little while to become fully invested in, but once things start opening up and the pieces start to fall into place, I was hooked!!

The plot started off strong, we are brought into the action straight away, and it kept the pace, for the most part, the whole way through. The author does a great job with the world building and I loved getting to know the ins and outs of it. I did wish we got a little more about the last war and would love to see a prequel maybe! I loved the idea of The Watchers, and the idea behind the Carbons and Bots was fascinating. It was a unique take on the YA Dystopian books!!

The characters are all well written and developed. Sawyer is a strong main character and while she was reckless, I still found her easy to like. Kenzie was mysterious and I liked see their friendship develop. I also loved getting to know him more. There is way more to him than meets the eye!!

In all, this was an action packed read. The author did an amazing job of keeping the plot flowing while also letting us get to know the characters. Sometimes if the action is non stop, the character development suffers, or vice versa, but not here! There are still unanswered questions which makes me even more eager to read the next one!!

I loved that we had two narrators read this! Chelsea Stephens was clear and easy to listen to and she breathed life into Sawyer and the rest of the characters. Steve Campbell brought Kenzie to life and I enjoyed his narration. Having both of them read the story just made it pop more. Thoroughly enjoyed this!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Terminator and Underworld had a child

I really enjoyed the take that the author presented on a dystopian world. The fact that it was robots and essentially clones that she was faced with gave it a unique flavor. The narrators both did a great job of portraying the world and it's characters.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Brilliant All Around

Every angle of this book is so well done.

The writing is beautiful and haunting, really immersing you in this new take on a dystopian society. The story is dripping with action, led by strong, well-developed characters.

The narration is perfect--Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell are a great duo. Excellent pacing that really flows with the suspense, and a range of character voices that are believable and relatable.

You're going to love this series.

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Great start

Started off a bit slow for my liking (space opera is my FAVORITE, so I'm used to BOOM BANG POW from the first word) but a little bit in we really got going. The flow of the story is great, not too much side tracking like some authors tend to do. I cant wait to dive into the next book in the series.

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Captivating and enticing.

First I have to start off with saying that this book was given to me for free to read and to leave a review, this does not affect my perception nor my review of the book at all, as I am always truthful and honest in my reviews.

This book was great. It gripped your attention from the first chapter, and it holds your attention all the way through to the last sentence.
The performance was great, and the overall book was excellent.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 07-23-19

Can the Watchers win through?

Can the Watchers win through?
Even though Dystopian Fantasy is not usually my genre of choice, they can make a good change if well done, and not too far for my belief to stretch. This one was definitely an enjoyable listen and such a relief after a bunch of poor books lately. The narration was excellent, some of the best narrators I've come across recently, and this helped to push a 4* up to a 5*.

The adventure takes place after World War 3 and only two known cities remain. Humans are struggling to survive against Bots (large robots) and Carbons (copies of humans but with super-powers, including rapid recovery from injury).

The main character is Sawyer, who lost her parents at the age of eight and has been training to become a Watcher for the ten years since then. She is extremely fit, super strong and a sharp shot. She is ready to give her life to save humanity.
The other main character, who we meet a little way into the book, is Kenzie. His narrative is in third person, which was a bit strange in the audio version because he is read by a separate male narrator, yet not in first person.
For the first half of this book I was totally blown away. I'm less of a fan of the adventure bits, shooting and running and narrowly escaping, so I lost interest slightly in the second half, but that's just me.
The dog was an interesting feature, I realise I don't come across so many pets in novels.
All in all this was a great read and I hope I will get the change to listen to the next few books in the series.

(Just a note: I would have preferred not to have a good half hour of the next book at the end of this audio. I would have skipped this if I'd been reading, but it's hard to be sure what it is on audio. I heard the word Prologue, but part of me assumed I was still in Watcher. I never see the point of the beginning of a book you can't continue...)

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  • TerryHeth
  • 07-10-19

Really good

I do love a dystopian twisted audiobook. I listen to a mix genre but this is a favourite choice to listen to.
They’re different & always packed with things going on.
This didn’t disappoint.
The worlds a mess, The Watchers have a job, they’ve had to choose sides. Families have been lost and rebuilt from within the groups.
But is it as it seems? Are people as they seem?
Narrators were really good at keeping the tempo going & keeping me hooked.
Really good listen & read.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 05-27-19

I stayed up all night until I had finished...

listening I just couldn’t leave it. I don’t usually like Dystopian books but I may have changed my mind as this book was brilliant.
Chelsea Stephens narration is just perfect i think she’s one of the best new narrators out there also the switch between POV between Chelsea and Steve Campbell was a really good pairing and I will be saving credits to buy the further books in this series

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  • Nighteyes
  • 03-26-19

not just another YA novel...

was recommended this based on the narration pairing and I must admit they do a remarkable job telling the story, with the view shifting between chapters.
honestly I think they are my new favourite pairing for novels with shifting views, a feature I hated till I heard these 2 doing it.
what impresses me the most was that the characters sound pretty identical regardless of who is narrating...

the story is pretty interesting aside from a few "oh btw, we have to include some teenage romance moments because we have to"

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  • Tony Bough
  • 03-24-19

Exciting, engaging, well written!

I really, really enjoyed this. I never give out spoilers as it ruins the book for you so I’m not going to do that but I sort of want to because I really got into this!

Our main character is well developed with a great personality that never grates which was one of the things that helped to draw me into this book so quickly. Naturally protective of others but not in an unrealistic way. In fact I thought all the characters were well developed and realistic. Basically this books grabs you from the start. I love the premise of technology coming back to bite us but we are still the self-centered people that we are at the moment so how will we work together for a better world or in fact just survive? We get a good bit of backstory in terms of explaining the downfall of humanity to the bots that gets us to the place where the story is focused. The author really crafts us a great premise/world/story.

There are some really cool plot twists that I liked. Plenty of surprises and action throughout the book keep you wanting more. We are set up for the next book although I was happy with the ending. I’m glad the next book is already out however as otherwise I’d be biting at the bit to get the author to release it as I enjoyed the book enough that I want more asap!

This is my first experience of the works of A.J. Eversley. But it certainly will not be my last as the writing is very good.

I should probably mention the narration which is also very, very good. I thought it matched the character and the world excellently. It adds to the sense of tension and pace that is enjoyable from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-19

loved it.

very easy to listen too, none it was boring.

look forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Jean Genie
  • 10-30-18

I finished listening to this book in one sitting!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed listening to The Watcher (particularly as I love any book with any female lead character who refuses to kowtow).

The narrator was superb too - her voice perfect for Sawyers character.

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  • IOI-655321
  • 10-11-18

A good fun dystopian story

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.

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  • Deedra
  • 12-18-18

Watcher

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.

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