by Kate L. Mary
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Outliers Saga- Book 1
Publisher: Twisted Press, LLC (March 6, 2018)
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Dystopian | Post Apocalyptic
Print Length: 237 pages
Available from: Amazon
In the dusty ruins of the world, three groups exist: the Sovereign, the Fortis, and the Outliers. Within their walled city, exclusive access to the only remaining technology gives the Sovereign an advantage that seems impossible to beat. In exchange for meager scraps and free reign outside the walls, they use the brawn of the Fortis to their advantage while the Outliers struggle to survive. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, and surrounded by dangers too numerous to count, the Outliers have adapted - but to the Sovereign and the Fortis, they are nothing.
Indra is an Outlier. Each day she braves the wastelands, making the dangerous journey from the wilds where she lives to the City so she can serve the Sovereign in order to give her family a better life. Inside the walls, she has no rights and no freedom. Not only is she powerless to resist the Sovereign’s harsh rule, but she is also unable to do anything to save her people from the brutality of the Fortis. For centuries they have made their abuse of Outliers a sport, but when Asa comes to Indra’s rescue, she sees something different in him. Something that marks him as so much more than just a Fortis guard.
But as Indra’s world begins to unravel, even the quiet alliance she has formed with Asa cannot save her from the wrath of the Sovereign. In one life-altering moment, everything Indra has ever known is ripped away, forcing her to face a world even more harsh and unforgiving. Broken and scarred, Indra finds herself on a journey that will challenge everything she’s ever been taught, learning along the way that she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Maybe even strong enough to free her people forever.
Outliers by Kate L. Mary (The Outliers Saga, #1)From the ashes of life comes strength and one young woman will find her own strength at one of the lowest points in her life. Enter the world of OUTLIERS and let author Kate L. Mary take you on a journey into what is left behind in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. Three classes have formed, the all-powerful, ruling Sovereign class use their position to gain a warrior force from the Fortis. At the bottom of the chain are the Outliers, those with the least, those who must work the hardest, those who suffer the wrath of both the Sovereign and the Fortis.
Indra has proven her worth in the eyes of her sovereign employer, but it doesn’t protect her from the abuse she must face on a daily basis in order to feed her family. With no rights, no freedoms and no one to depend on while within the sovereign’s city walls. It is nothing for the Fortis to take advantage of their position of strength for sport and always, it is at the expense of the Outliers.
Then Asa stepped forward to risk his position as a Fortis to help Indra. Can she trust a man whose people have tormented the Outliers for decades? As he keeps his silent vigil, she is safe, but one day he isn’t there and that day would forever change who and what Indra was. It would define her greatest loss and nearly cost her her very life. That day Indra had nothing left to give, so she learned to take and a rebel was born…
All post-apocalyptic tales are NOT created equal! Kate L. Mary nailed the worst society has to offer. An extension of whatever brought down the world before? Indra has true grit and strength, she has maturity and a heck of a lot more self-control than I would have had. Asa, as mysterious as he was, definitely could be called a rebel himself, even if his motives were emotional. I KNOW I also liked that there was no romantic, forbidden love between Indra and Asa, yes there was tension, but Indra seemed to know who and what she wanted and it broke my heart that it became the greatest weapon to use against her.
Vile characters, brutal actions and living in constant fear for one class of people will render readers almost speechless with rage. What it does to galvanize Indra will bring readers back for more, because OUTLIERS is not only a firm foundation for what promises to be a powerfully intense new series, it feels alive, kind of like a lit fuse that promises to explode! Read it, you'll be glad you did!
I received a complimentary ARC copy from Kate L. Mary!