Travel Documents 27: The Watcher Series

The Watcher Series Complete Box Set:

An Epic YA Dystopian SciFi Series

AJ Eversley
Genre: Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, AI Attacks

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The Dust Cover Copy

The Complete Watcher Series Box Set includes: WATCHER | CARBON | SAVIOR plus BONUS mini novellas: KENZIE | MAX | COLEMAN | AELISH
Perfect for fans of Divergent by Veronica Roth or Red Queen by Victoria Averyard

 

“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.

The Deets

The Scene

Worldbuilding

I think I saw this movie. Robots hunting the few remaining humans through a dying city. What was it called…. 😉

It’s an interesting and very accessible trope. In this world it’s the result of WWIII and some interactions with space. Not good ones for Planet Earth, that’s for sure. But most of the action is on the ground, wandering the corpse of a city and dodging enemies who are faster, stronger, and more sensitive than any human.

It’s an engaging atmosphere, but I struggled to get any sense of depth in this world. It seems to be mostly window dressing.

The Crowd

Characterization

This was another one of those series that I wanted to like, but really couldn’t get into. Too many characters seemed to come from Central Casting. Every action is an operational maneuver until Chapter 10 of Book 1, and by that point a reader is starving for connection and not getting much. By chapter 12 we start to get something a bit more to engage with emotionally, but by that point an average reader may have already put the book down. Both the main character and her team seemed to mainly fill their positions. It is a struggle to balance characterization and functionality in quasi-millitary settings, but there are good examples out there. This has the potential to be good, but it needs a little work.

The Lingo

Writing Style

A lot of hard work went into this series, and it’s a great start for an emerging writer. But it needs some more work. For one thing, it really needs some proofing and line editing. There are so many passages that could be A-grade material if they were only tweaked, but get a B- for style right now. For example:

“She rushed in with another man who was injured, and although he knew he should leave, he couldn’t stop staring at her. His brain felt fuzzy like he’d awakened from a dream and everything was all muddled up into one confusing memory. She turned to him, and their eyes met. Lost in her amber brown eyes, Kenzie was at a loss for words. Her eyes remained calm, though she was angry.”

This only needs a handful of changes, but as it stands it’s repetitive and a little clumsy.

 

The Moves

Plot

Working with intertwining plotlines, this story explores trust, betrayal and humanity. It’s a little straightforward in its laying out of good guys and bad guys, but it’s well plotted and fairly well paced.

Overall Rating

A good piece of work for an emerging writer. With some polishing, it can be a gem.