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The Society of the Watchers
(Kilhaven #1)
By Scott Keen
Middle Grade Mystery, Dystopian, Paranormal
Paperback & ebook, 227 Pages
July 24, 2021 by Scott Keen Books


The beasts came and destroyed our world. Kilhaven's founders defended themselves, and for the past 150 years, the walls of this small village, where Jarvis Graye lives, have kept them out. This fall, though, something feels different. 13 year-old Jarvis is living his usual life, dreading school, cleaning up after pigeons at his courier apprenticeship, and trying not to humiliate himself in archery class. At least he’s got his best friend, and there's even an interesting new girl around. But... the strange noises, the dead deer, now the missing boy – the clues are there that something sinister is afoot. Jarvis suspects his weird neighbor is to blame. But first, he must find proof. With Jarvis’s life and the safety of the village on the line, he and his friends race to uncover the truth and stop the one who is behind it all.

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My Review

THE SOCIETY OF THE WATCHERS takes place in a town where a wall protects those inside from a danger they believe no longer exists. There is a mysterious undertone from the start that only grows as the story progresses. Readers will enjoy getting to know this group of characters and turning the pages as they try to figure out what is going on. Recommended to readers who enjoy dystopian stories with a bit of a paranormal twist. Definitely a book that middle graders and older readers will enjoy! It's also perfect for the season.

The cover and synopsis drew me to this story, so I thought I'd give it a chance. I'm quite happy I did. The writing style was easy to read, and the characters were all likable and unique. The dystopian world was interesting and I enjoyed becoming immersed in this world. I was intrigued by the way they educated their youth and apprenticed them to different jobs to sustain their way of life. I also liked that the author allowed for lots of questions as to who to suspect and added a few twists. I did not know exactly what was going on and what would happen, even though I had some theories. I just had to keep flipping the pages to find out. I'll definitely be picking up book two when it is available, as I really loved this story!

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! It was an engaging story, with a great group of characters, set in a dystopian world. Highly recommended!

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Scott Keen is married and has five daughters. He graduated in 2006 with a Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting. He is also the author of three young adult novels: Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King. He currently lives in New York.

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