Saturday, July 11, 2015


Book details:

We Are Watching by M. Stephen Stewart
(Mindshare #1)
Publication date: December 16th, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult


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.


This is the utmost phenomenal sci-fi book that I have had the pleasure of reading.The truth is I have never been an enormous fan of Sci-fi books. Yet this book is so different from the rest of the Sci-fi genre. This is an unconventional and distinct read. An author like M. Stephen Stewart can write in such a profound way that while reading his book the details and settings are so dynamic you feel as if you are living in this futuristic world. A world that one day far into the future could be our genuine reality. The characters have an enormous depth to them; as well their feelings are vivid and real touching the reader in such a way that you cry, laugh, get furious, or sullen along with them.

The plot is unique and strong. It is packed with all types of situations that you will not detect coming as well as fully loaded with creative context. Here is something to chew on but I can give nothing else away. Henry Malone, one of the main characters, is training to be a Neural implant technician for the Planetary Link Corporation. Plink controls all knowledge through a person's NEX (an implant in the brain). Henry lives in a walled in country and as the rest of society is only allowed access to the limited knowledge Plink allows. Henry is needed for a dire quest which will change his life forever. However can Henry gather the courage to proceed with this challenge given unto him. Basically, it is what's in the blurb, sorry. The book never slows down it keeps you on the edge obsessed with what venture shall be next. Furthermore this read is greater than a futuristic world that has profound problems that need to be solved,  it shows what true bravery is, it explains what it means to fight for the good of humanity and to put your full faith in another human trusting them with your life.

We Are Watching (Mindshare #1) is the first book in a series. However, the ending is abrupt leaving you  wanting more which you can have right away with the second book in the series A Conduit for man (Mindshare #2). Which I have already lost myself in...


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.

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