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The Watch & Wand: A post apocalyptic science meets magic adventure novel (Project Gene Assist Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I was immediately immersed in this post-apocalyptic world. First the focus was just in Stephen’s barn as he connects with a stranger through an online video game. Then the world expands as we see Stephen’s home life “off-the-grid” on the farm. We don’t linger there long before Stephen is off to find parts to fix the grid and our world expands a bit more as we see what a typical town looks like. The world continues to expand as Stephen’s adventure continues and his problems increase.
Stephen was a great character. He underwent a significant change throughout the story. He was willing to take a chance on the strange girl and help her, not expecting anything in return. She, Bean, was also a character I immediately took a liking to in this story. She had many secrets and I liked the mystery that surrounded her. Stephen and Bean together made for a great team and the romance that built between them felt very natural and sweet. Their romance was not the focus of the story, which I appreciated. The story remained focused on Stephen and his goal and the overarching plot that kept sweeping Stephen up in its grasp.
The world felt full. The technology and world building were explained adequately. The only parts that was harder to understand and appreciate fully were the magical element, but I thought the author did a good job integrating the fantasy element into the story and the world.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel. This is my honest review.
This book starts after the breakdown of society and 15 years after the conclusion of book one: Fair and Foul. Stephen’s dull life comes to an end when he meets Bean, a girl on the run from the dangerous Watch. With Bean, he sets off into the unknown world where nothing is quite what it seems.
This story has quite a few twists and turns. Potts toys with the reader, setting up mysteries and slowly revealing the answers, and often leaving the characters’ motives and agendas hidden. In particular, Bean was hard to read, and for a long time, I wasn’t sure I trusted her. Stephen and Bean are the strongest characters, three dimensional and consistent throughout. Dialog is realistic, the pace zips along, and the action scenes are exciting.
I didn’t read the first book, Fair and Foul, and wished I had. I would recommend starting there as Potts doesn’t bog down the reader with much backstory in book 2 (primarily because Stephen is in the dark about what’s going on outside his experience and he’s the pov character). I would have liked to know more about how the challenges in the world developed.
Great sci-fi story for YA readers and up.
Set fifteen years after the end of the first book in this series, the world is barely recognizable, and it's a struggle just to survive. This is almost a coming of age story for Stephen. He's anxious for adventure and fairly naive as the story begins, but becomes jaded and undergoes a metamorphosis by the end. Although unlikely companions, he and Bean play off each other well and bring something different to the table.
While Stephen and Bean are both clever, well-developed characters, their dialogue seems stilted at times. The use of contractions would allow a more natural flow to their conversations while reading.
An unexpected twist at the end lays the groundwork for book three, promising conflict and answers to this gripping sci-fi series. I'm anxious to see what happens!
I received a digital ARC of this book from the author.
The Watch and Wand is set in a gritty and richly described dystopian world where survival is tough and technology (as we know it) is all but gone. The two main characters are refreshing and unexpected because they're not your average carbon Clark Kent cutout. Something that made me love them that little bit more.
Stephen, the main character goes on a huge personal journey throughout the story which is designed to make you empathise with him and I did. I fell totally in love with both him, and his female companion, Bean. These two are so different from each other but the unlikely pair are thrown together by fate and a spot of good timing. Their different personalities create chaos and I was repeatedly in hysterics at the jokes and banter between them.
This book has everything:
A technology based dystopian world that if you think about the future of our society, is frighteningly close to a prophecy. An unlikely hero that you can help but love, and a badass female companion that has fast become one of my all time fave female characters. AND... There's even a sprinkling of romance.
I've read both the books in this series, and this one can be read as a standalone, but for those that have read both, you can feel the twists building, I can't wait to see how Potts brings Julianne from book 1 back together with Stephen and Bean from book two. I think there's going to be a killer ending.
Purchased on the U.K site.