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We See Everything

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Alan ist passionierter Gamer. Sein Talent im Computerspielen hat ihm den Job seiner Träume eingebracht: Auf einer Militärbasis an einem geheimen Ort wird er als Drohnenpilot ausgebildet.
Lex lebt im Streifen – im übervölkerten, von Bomben zerstörten und abgeriegelten Außenbezirk Londons. An die wachsamen, feindlichen Drohnen, die in der Luft über ihm sirren, hat Lex sich lä
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is compelling dystopian fiction set in a future with a divided London in conflict. Within The Strip are a desperate, poverty stricken people under 24 hour government and military surveillance, through drones. They are constantly being bombed by aircraft and missiles. There are many refugees and homeless, with people suffering from PTSD, in catatonic states, and struggling to barely survive. The landscape is one of bombed out homes and ruins. We are given no information as to how this situat ...more
Dannii Elle
My full review can be found at United by Pop.

Near future London is war-ravaged and bombed-out. It's skyscrapers are nothing more than twisted chunks of metal that scratch at a sky filled with drones. It's parks are lined with the make-shift houses of the homeless. It's inhabitants are the starving, hopeless shells of the people they once were.

Through the split perspective of both Alan and Lex, the reader is invited to view this world from two very alternative perspectives. Their dreams for the f
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a chilling look at a near future dystopian London, a war zone policed by drones. The story is told from two points of view by two teenaged boys, one on each side of the war. Within it is a poignant tale of first love, a Resistance movement and a thought provoking look at what it means to be a drone pilot.

I found the descriptions of the training drone pilot kind of awful. Recruited as one of the most promising gamers of his age, there really is no difference for him between playing a sim
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: khs-books
This is a cracking good read. And so topical. There are parallel stories. Firstly Lex who is the son of one of the major movers and shakers in an underground movement in the resistance movement. Plotting against the power of the American Army who patrol their section of London stalking the perceived troublemakers with drones. Drones watch everyone and everything. A section which has been separated off from the rest of the city. It is surrounded by fences, there is a no go area between the houses ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
I fancied reading something from a dystopian genre and found this book set in a divided post-apocalyptic London. When you think about all the security cameras in our present society, this really makes the blurb of this book not such a fantastical idea. I mean camera’s watching your every move, monitoring everything you do, who you speak to, where you do your shopping, what you buy etc.

I have seen two different covers for this book so far. I have pictured them both below and commented on each cov
Full review to come.

This looks at a future war from both sides; the poor and fenced in "terrorists", and the better off people who attack the aforementioned with drones.

Some issues with tense stuff ups, and I had a hard time connecting to the characters, but not a bad read... and the final chapter was the only one that really made me feel any proper emotion.
Alexandra Mills
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The book was short and sweet. The world Sutcliffe created was a realistic but to some extent predictable. The way he wrote the characters and the world he built was interesting because it challenged the way characters in these types of "big brother" books are written.

Even though the characters were uniquely written I found that they weren't all that likeable or interesting. The characters weren't written to be the most relatable nor interesting. I did not care about whether they lived or died n
Meredith Mara
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Lex and Alan will never meet yet their lives are about to intersect.

Lex lives in The Strip, a bombed-out, self-governing territory in formerly London. Under blockade, life for The Strip’s impoverished residents is marked by hardships: commercial goods, living-space, and medicine are scarce; career options and education limited; and the threat of rocket fire is ever-present. Lex is the son of a resistance leader and a courier for the resistance movement.

Alan spends his time monit
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

We See Everything by William Sutcliffe was a goodreads win

We are parachuted into this story, without any explanation of what has or is happening. It is like a computer game where you don’t know the rules and how to play. All you know is that there are two sides, the pursuers and pursued. We are not sure who is good and who bad.

The setting is an enclosed strip in central London, a bombed, desolate shell, where people are crowded in with nowhere to live, no facilities and very little food. There i
Melinda Szymanik
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The writing is, for the most part, solid, and the depiction of the two opposing sides in a war for a modern/future London presents a chillingly believable scenario. The aggressor effectively dehumanises the opponent/the other, in order to maintain control and do what they deem necessary. The oppressed live hand-to-mouth, day-to-day. Both sides struggle with their place, their relevance, and their relationships in the grand scheme of life. But as I read along I struggled to like either of the two ...more
Kirstie Ellen
Big thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy for review

Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
Ahhh I wanted to like this so much more than I did. But the whole plot is basically the blurb and really not much else happens. I wanted to know why London was as it was - we have no idea the whole time why they’re fighting or what people are really doing. I disliked the Alan so much, he was a horrible character. And Lex I didn’t connect with and didn’t believe in the insta-love between him and Zoe. Hmf.

We Se
Yolanda Sfetsos
Here's my first DNF of 2018. :/

Thought I'd give this a go, but I just couldn't get into it. The first chapter was great: lots of tension, introduction to the world, unexpected explosion. Then it jumped from The City to The Base, and I was lost for a sec.

When I got my bearings and kept moving forward, I stopped caring. Especially about The Base POV. So I skimmed ahead, and the more I read the less I cared.

Yeah. I can't be bothered with this one.
There is a famous William Gibson quote: The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed. Well, that. Except for the future, substitute the word 'dystopia'.

Usually dystopias are set in some imagined future world, but this novel makes you reassess that.

Stunning, beautiful, raw and real - this is a magnificent book.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought this was an adult book, rather than YA, so it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I'd have liked the story to have been a bit meatier, the ideas fleshed out a bit more, there are a lot of unanswered questions . . . ...more
What an incredibly underwhelming book.

Review to come.
Becca Reho
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-wins
An interesting read for young adults, and a modern take on the big brother theme, but as an adult reader I’d hoped for a little more depth in its exploration of the use of drones, whereas this book focused more on the relationships between characters. That said: the character of the drone pilot was really compelling to read.
Kelly Beestone
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Katy Noyes
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short, powerful dystopia - a Big Brother world with targeted missiles and a frightening look at both sides of the divide

In '1984' we do not see behind the mask of the Party. It is all the more insidious for it. Here, Sutcliffe lets us see a real 'drone', a gamer who wins himself a job through his talent at piloting the flying drones that spy on citizens. It seems almost a games as he watches his target, pushes buttons, enjoys his wage and power.

On the flip side, we also watch the target's son an
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF at 57%

I received an ARC from NetGalley/Bloomsbury Publishing in an exchange for an honest review

Lex lives in London - or what is left of it, with his twin sisters, mother and mysterious Dad; a member of the Corps. Struggling to find money to make ends meet, Lex accepts a job offer from his Dad to deliver secret envelopes to and from other members of the community.

Alan is a drone operator. He has been appointed to watch after #K622 - Lex's dad. For now, Alan watches his every move - report
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, arc-s
This is an interesting book with exciting world-building and consistent action throughout; the author certainly knows how to keep you reading. Lex lives on The Strip, so named because it is a closed-off section of London; a London that is watched constantly by Drone surveillance which makes for a thought-provoking read. Alan, the second character you will come to know, doesn’t live on The Strip. Alan is a Drone pilot. And he is watching his assignment very closely – Lex’s dad. So unfolds a story ...more
Maia Moore
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original review posted here

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

This is a short novel that packs a big punch and expertly shows two different sides to the same story.

Lex lives on The Strip, what remains of London after bombs have ruined it. His dad works for a group that rebels against the oppressors who watch over them through drones in the sky. This makes him and his family well respected in The Strip. It also makes him a target.

Alan has just landed a dream
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Set in a dystopian future, the inhabitants of London are at war.
Lex lives on The Strip, an area of war-torn housing still partially standing. He is lucky compared to the many sleeping rough around the city. He has a home and a family. His father is on the side of freedom and Lex begins to help him with his underground activities.
Alan also has family. But his mother doesn't support his drone-flying work because Alan is being trained to kill dissenters like Lex's father, tracking them with drones
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read where we see through the eye of two individuals divided by a boundary but not unlike each other. Each chapter of the book splits between Alan and Lex, showing us their day-to-day lives, their jobs, their love interests and how they deal with the hand they've been dealt by fate.

Lex lives in The Strip, a bombed out section of London under complete lockdown. His life is a struggle for survival because of his father's position in society and then his own when he's drawn into the c
Claire Davis
I received We See Everything by William Sutcliffe from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoyed the concept of this interesting “Big Brother”, dystopian styled book. This story is based on the perspectives of two characters; Lex and Alan. Lex, is a teenage boy who lives in the remains of London called The Strip, which is closely watched over by armed Drones. Alan, a young man who is a Drone pilot has an assignment to ke ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Trigger Warning for this book- minor harassment
I was greatly underwhelmed by this book. I expected it to be a book that I absolutely couldn't put down, but that wasn't the case. When I picked this book up, I expected a more plot driven book, but this was definitely character driven.
On top of this I didn't like any of the characters, except Zoe and Lex was alright I guess. Alan was a jerk. (view spoiler)
Marisa Goldsborough
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, 2017
A novel centred on a ravaged, divided London told from the perspective of two quite similar boys (Alex and Lex). It is an interesting premise though truth be told I only made it half way through after trying again and again to pick up and persist with it. The characters are fairly one dimensional, unrelatable and generally uninteresting. I found it immensely difficult to even care about the characters, what happened to them or indeed the world in which they inhabit.

It should get you thinking abo
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me this book to read!

I cannot be sure what I think of this book. It was written beautifully and was set in a surreal state with facts, evidence and events that I can see happening in real life and with an interesting plot line. Though, on the other hand, relationships were developed in a day which lead to complex relationship movements which I cannot tell if they happened over one day or a year in all. Then the story just got somewhat cut off and I was left in
Laura Newsholme
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found this novel to be pretty disjointed and poorly paced. It tells the story of Lex, a teenage boy living in the remains of London and Alan, a young man who works as a drone operative for the military. The basic premise here is sound, but I felt that the author was more concerned about depicting the horror of drone strikes than actually telling a story. The characters were all very stereotypical and just not particularly believable, doing and saying things that I thought weren't credible in t ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Received a free review copy via netgalley payment being an honest review. Set in a dystopian divided London, Two characters , one has adhd and is a skilled gamer is recruited to fly observational and then armed drones , the other is the son of a leading "terrorist" on the opposing side. We see both boys struggle with the same challenges of disapproving parents, peer approval and first love. All set against the ethics of the military use of drones. Although the premise of this was interesting , t ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bloomsbury, a, 2017
Sadly, DNF at 21%. The Kindle version has terrible formatting errors...many words are split in half, so a sentence like 'I hoped he wasn't forgetting the meeting' might read as 'I hoped he wasn't forgett ing the meet ing.' Having to constantly stop and figure out what I'd just read threw me out of the story.

Apart from that, the story wasn't gripping me. I didn't know the novel was in dual POV, and there was nothing to say when one ended and another began, so I was surprised to go from running ar
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William Sutcliffe was born in 1971 in London. He is the author of eight novels, New Boy, Are You Experienced?, The Love Hexagon, Bad Influence, Whatever Makes You Happy, The Wall, Concentr8 and We See Everything, which have been translated into twenty-six languages.

The Wall was shortlisted for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Are You Experienced? has been reissued on the prestigious Penguin Essenti

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