We, The Watched

We, The Watched

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Adam Bender
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An amnesiac struggles to conform in a surveillance society where the government keeps a Watched list of its own citizens.

"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

Seven wakes in a forest outside the capital of a nation he doesn't recognize. When he enters the city, he discovers a surveillance society with no separation between Church and State. Those who rebel are called Heretics and face execution. Seven’s blank-slate perspective lets him see through the government's propaganda, but attracts the eyes of 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.

"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." -- The American Chronicle
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About the author

Adam Bender is an award-winning journalist and author of speculative fiction that explores modern-day societal fears with a mix of action and romance.

Adam's latest novel is The Wanderer and the New West, a dystopian western about lawlessness in near-future America. He's also the author of two dystopian sci-fi novels about government surveillance: We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. Adam adapted his first novel into a screenplay and has written several short stories.

In his day job as a journalist, Adam has covered politics and technology for Communications Daily and Computerworld Australia. He has won multiple investigative reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Specialized Information Publishers Association for his telecom and internet news coverage.

Despite how this all might appear, Adam is generally a rather modest and amiable fellow. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Mallika, and he'd be happy to have a craft beer with you at the next Phillies game.

Learn more about Adam at WatchAdam.blog and @WatchAdam on Twitter

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Publisher
Adam Bender
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Published on
May 12, 2010
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Pages
194
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ISBN
9781452346038
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
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This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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Amid threat of global war, a government agent must arrest her fiancé after he loses his memory and becomes a revolutionary.

“[Divided We Fall] raises interesting questions about the influence of propaganda on the construction of the self, the idea of true tabula rasa and the power of memory … The central love story propels the narrative energetically.” -- Publishers Weekly

Eve must arrest her fiancé after he loses his memory and becomes a revolutionary named Seven in a fight against the government. However, when she learns more about the President's plan to broaden citizen surveillance, she begins to question just who is right. Seven runs, but in his flight realizes he still has feelings for Eve despite his amnesia. Unable to escape his past, Seven determines that he must come to terms with the man he was if he ever wishes to win freedom.

"... a gripping dystopian narrative ... Bender's sequel is a worthy delivery on the promise of his riveting debut. A novel about a scheming president offers an excellent read for those who love thrillers or 21st-century history." -- Kirkus Reviews

Divided We Fall, a sequel to We, The Watched, takes place in 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.

The second novel by Adam Bender mixes action and romance into an exciting science fiction adventure that exposes a current political issue. It carries 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.

Divided We Fall is a Library Journal SELF-e selection, and Amazon and Publishers Weekly honored the manuscript as a quarter-finalist in its Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

“There are few novels I can read in one sitting, but Adam Bender’s Divided We Fall was one of them. It is fast-paced, intriguing, and had me wondering what was coming just around the corner. It had me not only wanting, but needing more.” -- Readers' Favorite
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