Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own!
The main premise for We See Everything is a dystopian and war-stricken London, in which we follow two different boys who play significantly different roles in this new world. We have Lex who lives on “The Strip” with his Dad, Mum and younger twin sisters. His family are just managing to make ends meet, until his Dad begins to take on a high level role in The Corps which is a rebel group working against the current government. Our other main character is Alan who works for the military, flying the ever watching drones that monitor those living in The Strip. He is assigned a specific target to watch and report on, known as #K622. Alan only knows him as a target, someone who’s a threat. But he is also Lex’s dad.
Summary of my thoughts
This book was a really interesting read that gave me Dark Angel meets 1984 vibes. Dystopian isn’t my usual thing, but I did like this a lot more than I thought I would. Reading about a bombed-out and war torn London really made me think about where our world is going and how long it will be until books like this are reality. We are never told how or why London came to be this way, which left me a little disappointed because I think it would have added to the story and made me feel more emotionally connected. For me, I need to understand WHY thinks are happening or I start to get bored.
I think William Sutcliffe did a fantastic job of writing Lex, who is multi-faceted and really what you’d expect from a young man in this kind of situation. We are shown how he’s torn between family, first love, what’s right and what’s easy. I liked the character of Lex a lot. As for Alan, well… I hated him. I had an urge to skip his chapters to be frank. He comes across as a psychopath! He also sexually assaults a woman so please be warned about that. I wish Alan was a more likeable character, because then it would have really torn me as a reader. I really like it in war books when it shows the futility of war through its characters. As it stood, Alan was extremely patriotic to the point he seemed brainwashed, so of course he’s a boring and irredeemable character in my eyes.
I ended up giving this book a 3.5/5.