Welcome to the world of Owen Ryer and The Secret Watchers. Owen is given glimpses of horrible things that have happened and is driven to fix them but it’s a dangerous life and he’s been told he has to keep it a secret. Homework and chores are bad enough when you’re in eighth grade but now this? He already hated school and now he must stand up to school bullies and even bigger ones out in the world beyond the school’s doors. Now it’s a race to see if Owen can master his special ability before the dark watchers destroy him or turn him to the side of evil and chaos.
Everyone needs a hero and sometimes the best ones are the unintentional ones. Owen is that kind of guy as he searches for purpose, acceptance and morality. He isn’t perfect, he doesn’t always do things right, but he has the greater good at heart – always.
You are invited to follow Owen as he journeys through the darkest walk he has ever taken; where he captures images of the underbelly of society, a place he never knew existed and didn’t want to see. After you read Visions, will you be looking under your bed and double checking your closet? Please enter the Secret Watchers universe if you dare but beware – you may be sucked right into the good versus evil suspense of jaw-clenching action and never want to leave.
This is a very promising start to what looks like a great series. Lynne has created some wonderful characters! Owen is such a sweetie and I feel like I know him. I love that the book was from his POV. Her side characters are quite nice, too, and it is nice to see a strong mother in a YA book; the genre typically ignores the adults in the kids’ lives. Owen’s powers develop over the course of the story and he doesn’t quite know what to do with them. It’s a lot to handle for a 14-year-old. I look forward to finding out how everything turns out and how Owen grows up. I will definitely be picking up Book 2.