Book: The Watch (Clarity #1)
Published: January 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
Note: This book was provided by the author for an honest review
Ren Grant is an orphan being hunted by a group of killers called Doctors for being accused of carrying the Blood Plague. Ren lives on a dystopian Earth in the year 7026. The Blood Plague has crippled civilization. Government is a distant memory. The Doctors are an order of medics who impose harsh measures to arrest the spread of the plague. However, they’ve grown to love their power too much. Her parents were falsely accused of carrying the plague and her mother entrusted Ren with a watch—the Watch—before dying.
Six years later, Ren captured by Sloan and a ragtag band. Instead of turning her over, they take her with them. The Watch is important for his people’s plan to escape the Earth, the Doctors, and the Blood Plague.
While not a huge fan of dystopian fiction, The Watch is a true page turner. Ren is a sympathetic, interesting character, and her companions each have hidden depths. Anna Herlihy dealt with Ren’s backstory skillfully so it didn’t bog the story down. The author weaves the story around the characters, who must navigate through a society in collapse and the tyranny of the Doctors. The reader experiences a world that was a once marvel centuries ago, now fallen to ruin and barbarism. The story telling was strong, but one could see the occasional typo. Readers will be eager to check out the sequel: Ice.