Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for
WE ARE WATCHING by M Stephen Stewart
I have my review for you and a competition to win copies of the book and its sequel!
Publication date: December 16th 2014
Henry Malone’s childhood was shattered by the unexplained suicide of his father. Now a teenager, his days are spent studying to become a Neural Implant Technician for Planetary Link Corporation, helping them maintain an iron grip over his walled country and every iota of knowledge contained within—but he leads a double life. Henry’s nights are spent helping his mother wage a cyber war against them in her quest to find the truth behind his father’s death.
He’s managed to keep his two lives separate, a delicate balance that’s endangered after he repairs the neural implant of a stranger. He finds she’s in possession of illegal memories from the outside world, unauthorized knowledge of his father, and a message: speak to me later and tell no one. Henry has a choice to make—ignore the message and maintain his double-life, or answer and risk everything to uncover secrets Planetary Link would kill to keep buried.
Henry Malone has had a hard life following the death of his father, a death which was deemed suicide.
Now a teenager he works for the Planetary Link Corporation (Plink) as a technician specialising in Neural Implants. Everybody has an implant, to me it sounds like having the contents of your iPhone in your head but with the added terror of Plink being able to see what you see.
Plink want to control the knowledge that you absorb, there will be no unauthorised knowledge and Henry as a technician with them is very aware of this fact.
So when he comes across a girl who has strange not to mention illegal memories of a world outside the one he lives in and she also has extensive knowledge of his father, who is this girl and what can she tell Henry about his father?
We Are Watching is a great read, the futuristic world that the author has created is totally different to any dystopian novels I have read of late, it is a bit Big Brother-ish.
The description of the implants definitely got me thinking, it is how I imagine social media to be a century from now and it scares me a little, the population in this book are so dependant on the their links they seem oblivious to everyone else, does that seem familiar iPhone users?!
Anyway this is a breath of fresh air in to this genre and certainly worth a look at book 2 when it comes out.
Thank you to Xpresso book tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review
M. Stephen Stewart is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He makes his home in Indianapolis with his wife and two dogs. In his spare time, Matt is an avid sports fan, gamer, and reader, who loves to connect with new people. You can usually find him around town with his wife, exercising, or in front of his computer working on a new project.