(Unedited proof to be released 21 September 2017, courtesy of Raven Books)
We See Everything by William Sutcliffe
‘We See Everything’ is set in the crumbling remains of a three mile wide zone in London. Although it doesn’t exactly specify, my guess is that it’s set in the foreseeable future, after some major disaster or the like. The three mile wide zone I mentioned earlier is cordoned off, with people still ‘living’ inside, which is the part I don’t get, why would they trap the people inside? What disaster could be so simply destructive that the authorities trap the very people they’re supposed to protect, from the very thing that’s destroying them? Unless the people were the problem, like, for example, there could have been a sudden uncontrollable epidemic which was loosely contained in the area but rapidly spreading at an uncontrollable rate or a terrorist organisation, which the authorities knew operated out of this area. Whatever the reason, this three mile wide zone known as ‘The Strip’ is Lex’s world. And every where outside the strip is Military Drone Pilot Alan’s world. Yet their two fates are connected. When Alan is given his latest target #K266 who happens to be Lex’s Dad, Alan realises that he has an almost Godlike power over how Lex’s life will turn out. But, what does it matter, they’re the enemy anyway? Then why does Alan’s Mom seems to think otherwise? On a separate note, how healthy can it be for ones very assassins to spend more time with there victims than their friends or family? How long before one becomes more attached to their target, than is safe for someone in such a position of power?
Teen Rating: We See Everything feels almost as if there’s a blanket over everything that takes place in the book, almost like you’re there but, you’re not at the same time. This is the perfect way for the book to be presented, as a lot of the story takes place through the eyes of drones. Though I’m unsure as to whether this aspect is by design or otherwise, as I have not had the chance to read any other of William’s books. Regardless, I think it compliments the story perfectly. 4.4/5 15+