waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 

A gripping and powerfully relevant thriller set in a future London where constant 35192876survelliance is the norm, We See Everything simmers with tension and emotion. From internationally bestselling author William Sutcliffe, this is perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman.

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.


Why I can’t wait to read We See Everything:

  • I love political dystopia. This sounds part 1984, (surveillance) and part Mortal Engines, (the ruins of London.) It also sounds as if Alan will meet Lex, and come into a version of the story different from that sold to him by the government/organisation who set him to assassinate Lex’s Dad.


  • The Wall used a fictional setting to explore political unrest which is all too real, (and might become realer if Trump builds his famous wall…) Many people are unaware of the surveillance and data gathering which already occurs in the modern world. This will provoke interesting discussion about modern issues.


  • I am interested in Alan’s gaming. I want to know the extent to which it comes into the novel, and how it shapes his character. Is there something he needs to learn about the real world which gaming hasn’t taught him? These questions make me think about ways to shape characters in my own writing. What sort of questions might make an interesting character conflict?


  • The Wall was shortlisted for the 2014 Carneige, and longlisted for the guardian prize. Sutcliffe is a strong writer. Experience will have made him stronger. I look forward to seeing how his work has developed.


We See Everything

Bloomsbury Books

September  2017