Author: Tyler Edwards
Pages: 316 pages
Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: December 2020
Rating: 3.5 stars
In the ruins of the world that was lies the city of Dios, a haven protected from the hostile environment known as The Outlands. Ruled by an oppressive Patriarch, the people of Dios are conditioned in fear. The smallest infraction could result in banishment to the Outlands, a fate worse than death.
With his make-shift family of “Undesirables”, Jett Lasting struggles to find his place in a world where drawing attention to yourself can get you killed. His very existence is considered a crime. To survive, he must avoid guards, beggar gangs, and an ever-growing tension that could drag the whole city into chaos.
Jett unwittingly becomes entwined in a plot to overthrow the government where his choices could lead to freedom or the death of everyone he’s ever known or cared about.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Outlands is a book that throws you straight into the action. Set in a post-apocalyptic world divided by class, Jett is the lowest of the low, living in an abandoned house with his make-shift family. The world Edwards had created is very intriguing and reminded me of the dystopian worlds in The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent. The Outlands is constantly lurking in the background as a threat and punishment for breaking the rules set out by the government.
‘They hate us because we are an inconvenience to their system. It’s their system that rejects us in the first place.’
The first chapter felt very information heavy, but once the world had been built, I found myself getting lost in the story. Personally, I think The Outlands picks up about halfway in and the first third/half felt like more of a filler, leading up to the events that occur in the second part. There were a few grammatical errors in this book that did sometimes detract from the plot such as ‘most the time’ and ‘yeaj’, although these were infrequent. I was not the biggest fan of the way it was written as some sections had a series of continuous short sentences. This being said, once I was about a third/half of the way through this became easier to ignore as I found myself immersed in the story.
Throughout the book, Jett goes on a journey, and at the beginning I was not the biggest fan as he seemed to insult his friends (in his head) frequently. By the end of the book, he seems to accept the individualistic characteristics of his make-shift family and I found him a lot more likable. There is a romance sub-plot, which leads to some of the big plots of the book, however, sometimes I felt like this was a little forced. Some of the members of his family were mainly side-characters, which is why they sometimes felt a bit underdeveloped, but I’m hoping their personality and relationships with each other will be further explored in the sequel! I enjoyed the relationship that Jett had with Victor and Spike, as they seemed to take the role of the parental friend. I liked that we explored these relationships in detail and discovered things that had been kept hidden in the first half of the book.
‘Only you get to decide who you are.’
SO much happened in the last section of the book and I was left wanting more. Jett is a very outspoken character and he hates the government with a passion as he was raised as an ‘Undesirable’. He becomes tied up with a beggar gang and gets immersed in a revolution against the government. There were many twists that I failed to see coming and they 100% had the shock factor that was intended! After that ending, I’m intrigued to see what happens to the characters in the next book!
If you are a fan of YA dystopian novels, I suggest you give this book a try! If you want to check out the book trailer, click here.