I was so excited when I heard that there was a sequel to the book, To Kill a Mockingbird . I was also excited when my fiance surprised me with this book, because I have been wanting to read it for a year now, but finally got some extra time! Here is brief review of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee . (Warning! You may encounter spoilers!) Brief Background: Go set a Watchman is the sequel to Harper Lee's first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird , which first was published in 1960. Even though this book is the sequel, it was actually written before the first. Publishers rejected "Watchman,"and her editor wanted her to create a younger version of Scout, rather than older. Some have also said that Harper Lee may have not wanted the book to be published, but we can never know for sure. You can read a brief article about it from Today News . This book takes place about 16 years after "Mockingbird" in about the 1950's when the civil rights movement was occurring.