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The Last Watch

(The Divide #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The Expanse meets Game of Thrones in J. S. Dewes' fast-paced, sf adventure The Last Watch, where a handful of soldiers stand between humanity and annihilation.

The Divide.

It’s the edge of the universe.

Now it’s collapsing—and taking everyone and everything with it.

The only ones who can stop it are the Sentinels—the recruits, exiles, and court-martialed dregs of the military.
Paperback, 480 pages
Expected publication: April 20th 2021 by Tor Books
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J.S. Dewes It'll be out April 20, 2021 in paperback, ebook, & audiobook!…moreIt'll be out April 20, 2021 in paperback, ebook, & audiobook!(less)
J.S. Dewes Hi Serena!

There's a fair amount of swearing, some violence (though nothing too graphic or gratuitous, IMO), and a "fade to black" sexual encounter (no…more
Hi Serena!

There's a fair amount of swearing, some violence (though nothing too graphic or gratuitous, IMO), and a "fade to black" sexual encounter (not explicit at all; very glossed over.)

Other CWs: discussion/implications of former drug use, addiction, and emotional abuse.

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Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of the reasons I wait before writing my reviews (other than time) is that usually when some time passes after reading the book, I can process it better especially the impression the book left on me. Many times I enjoy a book but upon reflection, it either didn’t leave anything with me or I notice some faults I didn’t care about it before. I originally rated this book 4 stars but I’m dropping my rating to three 3 stars because while reading, this is a sci-fi and I rarely read sci-fi, I might ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
A band of scrappy criminal misfits banished to the edge of space, forced to act fast to save the universe from certain destruction? Um yeah, don't mind if I do!

THE LAST WATCH is everything you want in your new favorite sci-fi series, but what sold me most was how deeply I fell in love with every single character. Cavalon Mercer, pure of heart and dumb of ass. Rake, who I'd take eight bullets for. Griffin, bless his large soul. Jack, the emotionally reticent right-hand man of my dreams. Every cha
Michael Mammay
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great new SF. Like Battlestar Galactica meets the Night's Watch from Game of Thrones. Excellent space action, great characters. I read this a while back, when it hadn't been added to goodreads yet. Highly recommended for anyone who likes The Expanse, CJ Cherryh's books, or other semi-realistic space action. ...more
Genevieve Gornichec
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Night's Watch in space" is a good way to pitch this book, but it also doesn't do THE LAST WATCH justice. Because this is a book that takes place in space, but it's also a book about people, and the relationships between them are the most interesting part. And let me tell you, I am here for character-driven sci-fi.

I was hooked from the very first page by Cavalon's personality alone, but as the book goes on, I ended up feeling for every single character, especially Rake. RAKE!! And Griff! An
Karli Cook
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exciting, well-paced, space adventure! Pitched as Battlestar Galactica meets the Night's Watch from A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), which is accurate in all the best ways. I'll take the liberty of adding: with a captain that gives off major Commander Shepard vibes (Mass Effect). I enjoyed the ride and cannot wait to read more (dangit why did I read an ARC? Now I have to wait even longer for the next book, woe unto me!) As an aside I am jealous of J.S. Dewes' skills with dialogue. Thril ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Science Fiction is one of my favorite genres, and J.S. Dewes' debut novel The Last Watch was a compelling adventure in space. The absorbing plot and engaging characters kept me enthralled.

The Sentinels stationed on the Argus are a mixed bag that have some problematic reason for their posting: hacking, disobeying an order, lack of respect for officers, etc. Adequin Rake, the Commander of the Argus, is a Titan--one of the elite soldiers during the last war. Titans are legendary heroes and Quin is
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reviews

J.S. Dewes impressive debut, The Last Watch, had me staying up late wanting to read just one more page from beginning to end. The Last Watch feature big ideas, kick-ass characters, and an environmental collapse; you have to try to not be interested in this book. Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received an eARC from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any opinion that follows is mine and mine alone.

Review: The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes

Our universe is expandin
H.M. Long
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the description for this book, it became one of my most anticipated reads of 2021. Thankfully I didn't have to wait until release! I received an advanced copy and it did not disappoint.

The Last Watch starts gently, sketching out life on the edge of the universe for a cast of scrappy rejects and fallen heroes. Then everything, essentially, explodes (or more accurately, implodes), and you're riveted to the edge of your seat for the next 400 pages of heart-pounding, Drudger-stabb
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much to Tor Books / Netgalley for getting me an early copy of this book.

I wrote a full review that you can read here

The universe is collapsing, and it's up to a ragtag group of exiled war heroes, a POW survivor, a pick pocket, and an exiled prince to stop it. Using alien technology they barely understand, they're humanity's only chance to stop the very forces of the universe from implosion. This layman's terms hard scifi deals with a little bit of everything: nuclear fission, dark ener
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A totally engrossing and exciting book. The story starts fast and never lets go! So many different things are happening at once, twisting and turning as it goes and yet this book barely scratches the surface of where this can go. The characters and world building are complex and compelling. Even the universe seems to have a mind of its own. I can't wait to follow along at warp speed to see where we end up. Fabulous! ...more
Noah Lemelson
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really quite excellent! I’m a massive sci-fi fan, buts it's often the case that many decent sci-fi stories have either an interesting idea, or actually well written plot with engaging characters (See Ringworld for a fascinating idea told with cardboard cut-outs). The Last Watch manages to nail both, with memorable characters, a tight plot with epic yet believable stakes, and a conflict that is genuinely unique and inventive. Also manages to balance grim subject matter with a real sense of humor ...more
Erin Brown
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I recently discovered my love for the Science Fiction/Space Opera genre, and this book was everything I could have hoped for. It kept me completely engrossed, and wanting more at every turn. I absolutely LOVED the characters! I am looking forward to when more in the series is available! Definitely worth the read, highly recommend!
Claire Holroyde
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All who enjoy science fiction space operas need to add THE LAST WATCH by J.S. Dewes to their tbr list come April 2021. It’s fabulous.

The setting is a colonized universe many, many millennia into the future. A governing body known as the System Collective, composed of an Allied Monarchy and a military called the Legion, rules with an iron grip. Soldiers are banished to the starless boundary of the known universe as a disciplinary measure. There they become Sentinels guarding the furthest reaches
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
An excellent debut and one that left me already excited for the sequel. Creative, imaginative scifi plot built around a group of misfit soldiers MacGyvering their way to saving the universe. Totally fun and immensely readable. For fans of the Expanse and/or Scalzi's Interdependency series. ...more
T.A. Chan
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing


Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was fun, It was fast, it's basically "Scrappy Solders in Space" vibes throughout. If you enjoyed "The Expanse" series or the movie "Starship Troopers" you're going to enjoy this ride! ...more
M.J. Kuhn
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book and you guys DO NOT want to miss it! I had an eARC, which meant I just walked around my house balancing my laptop on my palms for three days because I could not stop reading it.

Where do I even begin? The characters were so incredibly real in this story. I found myself relating deeply to both the screw-up-royal-turned-soldier, Cavalon, and the badass-war-hero-with-a-dark-secret Adequin Rake. The societal structure set forth by THE LAST WATCH is comp
Larry Olsen
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Love the characters and storyline. Would like to see more from this author.
Elena Linville
Stars: 5 out of 5

I think I found my new favorite scifi series, and I have been looking for one for a long time.

This book has it all, at least in my opinion - great worldbuilding, multifaceted characters, high stakes, and non-stop action.

Worldbuilding: I love when the author progressively introduces me to their world and does it right. You won't find any infodumps here. You won't have characters rehashing events or concepts that they SHOULD already know just for the sake of telling the reader wha
Glenn Stenquist
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent space adventure story and characters. A winner.
Renaissance Kate
Feb 09, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, 2021, v
Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the ARC! 🚀

I've received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Two hundred years after humanity defeated the evil alien Viators after a thousand-years' war, the Viators return. But it's been five years, and the hero of the war, Adequin Rake, is cooling her heels on at the edge of the universe, stuck in a deconstructed battle cruiser at the Divide, watching for the return of her enemies. It's a boring job, but someone has to do it—and it's going the same as usual until a new Sentinel soldier arrives, and the Divide begins to do some wonky shit. Soon everyone ...more
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Nov 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
here to support a woman adult sci-fi writer . . . but also because this sounds epic
Traveling Cloak
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes is as spectacular a science fiction story as one is going to find. From a plot that is full of drama to amazing characters that are relatable and interesting, all over a backdrop of a futuristic space setting, The Last Watch is nearly flawless.

You want suspense? Let’s start with this: THE FREAKING UNIVERSE IS COLLAPSING! Does it get any more dramatic than that? My heart starts beating fast just thinking about, imagining the edge of the Universe rapidly closing in on
Kee Hoo
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes

This was a pretty good Sci-Fi book, it's the start of a series. It revolves around the future, in space, after humans have destroyed Earth. The Argus space station is located at the edge of the Divide. Beyond the divide, there is simply nothing.

Argus is a penal colony, mostly consisting of military personnel who are sent there to do penance for their crimes. The Divide starts encroaching on Argus and the people there have no choice but to evacuate. Of 2,000 people, o
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing debut! It had vivd characters and a feel all the feels story. I could not put this one down. This is one of those books that even if science fiction isn't your jam this one will be! It will hook you from the very first page!! ...more
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Sometimes a book doesn't hook you in for a few chapters, or even for the first hundred pages. J.S. Dewes's The Last Watch hooked me in from the opening line! To be completely honest, that's a rare feat for me. I'm the type who doesn't get fully captured until I've gotten to know the characters a little more. So thank you, Dewes, for giving me a laugh with that LOL-worthy beginning!

The Last Watch is told from two different characters' points of view. The first is Cavalon, a trouble-making royal p
Tonstant Weader
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In The Last Watch, J. S. Dewes imagines a universe that is not infinite. It has an end. The end is called the Divide and beyond the Divide there is nothing. It is a void so absolute that the word “void” is an expletive for disgust and frustration. The Sentinels are the soldiers who patrol the Divide. They are mostly soldiers who have been court-martialed or somehow disgraced themselves, a prison/patrol ship more or less though patrol is a big word for a stationary ship.

Cavalon, a prince and an h
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J. S. Dewes has a Bachelor of Arts in Film from Columbia College Chicago, and has written scripts for award-winning films which have screened at San Diego Comic-Con and dozens of film festivals across the nation. Her debut novel The Last Watch is forthcoming in April 2021 from Tor Books.

She can be found on social media @jsdewes and her website

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