We, The Watched

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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? More

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About Adam Bender

Adam Bender writes speculative fiction that explores modern-day political fears with a balance of action and romance.

A journalist by day, 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.

For more info, visit Adam's home page: AdamBenderWrites.com.

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Review by: Phoebe Goh on July 25, 2012 : star star star star
A dystopian future society run by a religion with an iron fist. A likeable protagonist with no memory exploring the world with the reader.

I really enjoyed the way this story was written, it was engaging and entertaining but not lighthearted. The environments and atmosphere was created well, although sometimes the plot felt a little staged.

The ending felt a little rushed, but overall it was a great read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (or Blade Runner) or the Hunger Games.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Phillip Benages on Nov. 01, 2011 : star star star star star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Phillip Benages on Nov. 01, 2011 : star star star star star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JJ Williams on Aug. 25, 2011 : star star star
Enjoyed this story of a dystopian future. Well written, felt the story ended well but that the writing tapered off a bit as if teh author was having difficulty.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Marjorie Mindel on Jan. 22, 2011 : star star star
A very thoughtful, frightening look at a possible future if "Big Brother" becomes a reality. I was expected a depressing rehash of past published works but was pleasantly surprised by We, The Watched. Kudos.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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