We See Everything Synopsis
NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE RED TENTACLE AT THE KITSCHIES 2017 A gripping and powerfully relevant thriller set in a reimagined London where drone surveillance is the norm. We See Everything, from internationally bestselling author William Sutcliffe, simmers with tension and emotion. Lex lives on The Strip - the overcrowded, closed-off, bombed-out shell of London. He's used to the watchful enemy drones that buzz in the air above him. Alan's talent as a gamer has landed him the job of his dreams. At a military base in a secret location, he is about to start work as a drone pilot. These two young men will never meet, but their lives are destined to collide. Because Alan has just been assigned a high-profile target. Alan knows him only as #K622. But Lex calls him Dad.
We See Everything Press Reviews
I read We See Everything in my usual places, the buses and tunnels of London. It was compelling and terrifying, bringing the horror of bombardment to the streets I was travelling through (and under). This is a wonderful book - it humanises a battle that so many of us ignore and shook me into fearing about where it is all heading. * Patrice Lawrence, author of Orangeboy - We See Everything * Powerful, fast-moving ... A bleak, compelling, thought-provoking thriller * Metro - We See Everything * Chillingly authentic ... a taut thriller * Irish Times - We See Everything * Ambitious and assured, this keenly plotted thriller also probes deep into the human heart * LoveReadingForKids - We See Everything * Fast-moving and brave, with lots and lots of heart. * Ahdaf Soueif - We See Everything * A remarkable book, big-hearted, brave and compellingly written. Like all the best writing, it shifts perceptions * Books For Keeps - We See Everything * I read We See Everything in three sittings and was gripped throughout, held back tears throughout. The ending is both incredibly moving and politically so smart. This is a really clear-eyed, tightly crafted book and I'm so pleased to have read it. And even more pleased that it will soon be out there in the world. * Omar Robert Hamilton, author of The City Always Wins - We See Everything * A cracking tale of love, drones and assassinations in north London - gripping and terrifying, a glimpse into our world that lies ahead ... * Philippe Sands, author of East West Street - We See Everything * We See Everything is terribly moving. It brings the inhumanity and evil of drone warfare into focus, and is bound to shock all who read it into realizing what is taking place not only in the Gaza Strip but elsewhere in the world as well. The book reads like a thriller. I could not stop reading. Books like this serve the cause of peace and make clear the inhumanity of this most modern phase of warfare. It is a superb book. I hope it gets the attention it well deserves. * Raja Shehadeh - We See Everything * As beautifully written as it is chilling ... gripping and important. * Jill Murphy, The Bookbag - We See Everything * A heart-wrenching story of togetherness and coming of age set within the fraught and treacherous world of a governmentally controlled dystopia, this is a gripping book that older readers will find impossible to put down * Scottish Book Trust - We See Everything * Surprising and thought-provoking * SFX - We See Everything * A haunting fable celebrating the healing power of nature * The Guardian - The Wall * A novel for all ages that is full of heart, hope and humanity. A terrific achievement * Suzi Feay, Financial Times - The Wall * Sutcliffe's fable, inspired by a visit to the West Bank, can't fail to excite and move * Financial Times - The Wall * A disturbing and thought-provoking book which simmers with heat, anger and fear * Independent on Sunday - The Wall * Will draw in young readers preoccupied with society, challenging parents, and their own fears ... An often suspenseful tale. * New York Times - The Wall * This is wholly realistic fiction detailing a boy's coming-of-age in a real-life political situation. * Kirkus Reviews - The Wall * Unmissable * Nick Tucker, Books for Keeps, Book of the Year - Concentr8 * A satire on modern urban life... It is a gritty, compelling eye-opener on the treatment of ADHD * Daily Telegraph - Concentr8 * There is political expose; there is comedy and one hostage-taker even achieves a kind of tragic-hero status. This might just become a 21st-century YA classic * Jewish Chronicle - Concentr8 * Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe feels like a realism, though actually it's a fascinating dystopian satire and a critique of the over-diagnosis of ADHD, the way we treat young people more generally and the power of Big Pharma...A book with a serious mission. * The Herald - Concentr8 *
||21st September 2017
||Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
||Paperback / softback
About William Sutcliffe
William Sutcliffe was born in London in 1971. He is the author of the international bestseller Are You Experienced?, The Love Hexagon, New Boy, Bad Influence and Whatever Makes You Happy. His first YA novel, The Wall, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014, and his next YA novel, Concentr8, was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016. His work has been translated into more than twenty-seven languages. He lives in Edinburgh.
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