Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review #19 "The Watchers of Eden" by T.C. Edge

The Watchers of Eden
(The Watchers Trilogy #1)
by T.C. Edge
Publish Date: November 1, 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Buy It: Amazon
Source: purchased on Amazon

How Many Stars? 4

Synopsis: Her gift is her curse. Her world is her prison. Her fate is bigger than she knows . . .

In the hot and harsh farming region of Agricola, 16 year old Cyra prepares to be tested to discover what duty she'll hold for life. All school leavers across the regions are in the same position, and few expect anything more than to follow in their parents' footsteps and stay in the region they live in. 

For Cyra, there was never a choice. With her father dead and brother and sister assigned elsewhere, she's desperate to stay close to her sick mother so she can take care of her. 

On the day of the Duty Call, however, Cyra's world turns upside down in one stroke. She's to be assigned to Eden, the largest and most powerful sea city and central hub of control. Only the most important live there, and no one from Cyra's town has ever been assigned there in her lifetime. 

So, she sets off on a journey away from everything she knows without knowing what her duty will be. Soon, she discovers that she, along with a small number of school leavers from across the regions, has a special power; a gift that will pit her as a secret protector of the nation.  

Only, it's not a gift, it's really a curse, and before long Cyra will learn that her once small world is filled with a great deal more corruption and injustice than she ever thought possible. 

Other Books in the trilogy: 

My Scribbles: First off, I love these covers! What initially attracted me to this book was the cover, then of course the description. I am always looking for new dystopian reads. That being said, this book reminded me a lot of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Not saying that's a bad thing. And this book wasn't an exact copy. But the main themes were definitely very similar. Whether the rest of the series is going to follow the Divergent series, I don't know.

As for this book, I really enjoyed the premise. Where there are similarities to Divergent, this book is also very different. The characters follow their own paths and I liked the way it went. I thought it was just a bit slow in the beginning because it's the first book in this new dystopian world. So, naturally, a lot of ground had to be laid. I won't say it was boring. I didn't struggle through this book at all. 396 pages seemed to fly by like nothing. And it definitely satisfied my dystopian craving.

The characters really worked well together. I felt like there was a good balance between them. Relationships came naturally. They didn't seem forced. They weren't always good relationships but they all seemed to make sense. In that part, I really liked the idea of the Pairing (each School Leaver being paired - basically an arranged marriage - with another School Leaver). That part, of course, reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a great dystopian read, I would definitely recommend it!