Fifteen years have passed. The future no longer seems as bright. Between a war declared on all but the most basic technology, worldwide economic collapse, and a plague-spurred global panic, governments have collapsed leaving law and order to be defined by those left behind. Stephen knows he should be grateful, but can’t help wishing his life was more than survival.
That was until he met a girl on the run from a group known as the Watch.
Now, caught between rival factions with their own hidden agendas, Stephen has no choice but to go on a mission to reclaim a piece of missing technology.
He is told the device is the key to a better future, but in the new order, one person’s salvation can be another’s total destruction. – Goodreads.com
It’s been a little over a year since I read the first book in this series, and while I’d recommend reading it first for a better overall understanding of how society came to be in this shape, The Watch & Wand could be a standalone.
Set fifteen years after the end of the first book in this series, the world is barely recognizable, and it’s a struggle just to survive. This is almost a coming of age story for Stephen. He’s anxious for adventure and fairly naive as the story begins, but becomes jaded and undergoes a metamorphosis by the end. Although unlikely companions, he and Bean play off each other well and bring something different to the table.
While Stephen and Bean are both clever, well-developed characters, their dialogue seems stilted at times. The use of contractions would allow a more natural flow to their conversations while reading.
An unexpected twist at the end lays the groundwork for book three, promising conflict and answers to this gripping sci-fi series. I’m anxious to see what happens!
I received a digital ARC of this book from the author.
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