Saturday, July 13, 2019

Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan

Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is Kate's best series to date in my opinion. She has a way of creating strong female leads who are unaware of how strong they are initially but rise as the series moves forward. She also creates bad guys so well that you can’t wait for them to get what's due. So, yes, I highly recommend this series- I'm already on to the second book and am having a heck of a time putting them down. Full review below...


Where to purchase: 
Barnes & Noble

Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is Kate’s best series to date in my opinion. If you enjoy dark post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds with a strong female lead as the series moves forward, this is the book for you.

What’s it about? Many years into the future castes have settled on what’s left of the land, most of which is poisonous and not suitable to grow crops. The Sovereign, who are the upper class, rule with an iron hand. The Fortis are the Sovereign’s guards and enforce the laws. In the lower class are the four Outlier tribes, who are employed by the Sovereign as they need the jobs to survive. The story is told through Indra’s viewpoint. She faces many dangers from her village to work every day and then some. Other elements in the book: love interests, death, borderlands, wastelands, the wilds, hunting for food, one child rule for the Sovereign, tribal traditions, and more. This book has excellent world building and character development (this might be the best series of Kate’s books to date- I’ve already started the second book and have been unable to put either of them down- help!). If you enjoy books with strong female leads, who find their strength, will to live, and revenge after trauma, this is the book for you. Keep in mind Indra grows as a person as the series goes on, so she is not kick butt right from the start. There is a decent amount of brutality in this book- it is not for the faint of heart.

The narrator, Grace Sylvan, did a great job. Initially I wasn’t sure, but not long after I started listening, it was clear she is the perfect fit. Her accent reminded me of Cloud Atlas in a way- so stick with it if you aren't sure at first. I would definitely check out other books by her.

Overall I highly recommend the audiobook. I’m already on book two and am patiently waiting for book three to be released on audible. If you enjoy dark post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds with a strong female lead, this is the book for you.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: As I stated before, this is not for the faint of heart. Hunting of animals for food, beheading and other ways of dying, sex on wedding night and other times (not in graphic detail), cutting off hand as a punishment, removal of clothes to be searched (repeatedly), sexual harassment/verbal harassment of the Outliers, repeated rape of staff (male raping women- sometimes resulting in pregnancy), whipping of staff, electroprods used on staff, death of spouse, talk of miscarriages (multiple), adoption, and tattoos. I do not recall any swearing.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary

Where to find the narrator: Grace Sylvan

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