Narrator: Mia Barron
Series: Outcast #1
Published by Recorded Books on 15 January 2016
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vampire
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The first in an all-new futuristic fantasy series from Keri Arthur - the New York Times best-selling author of the Souls of Fire novels.
When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others - demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, 100 years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....
As a dechet - a breed of humanoid supersoldiers almost eradicated by the war - Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraithlike being - an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on Earth. Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe....
©2016 Keri Arthur (P)2016 Recorded Books
Our main character, Tiger, is a pretty flat and 2-dimensional character. It was really hard for me to relate to her in any way. She is the result of a government “super soldier” program that combines the DNA from shapeshifters and vampires. She is what is known as a “dechet”. She survived the human shifter war 100 years before the story takes place and had to watch everyone she cared about to die after the shifters won the war and decided to eradicate the dechet en masse.
The premise of the story itself was pretty good and it had a lot of potential. I’m a huge fan of urban fantasy, but I had no idea this was also a paranormal romance novel. The dialog in the book leaves a lot to be desired, which lets the book down in and of itself considering there is a lot of dialog in the book. A lot of dialog. There are eyebrows flipping everywhere and so many “cold”, “mirthless” or “humorless” smiles.
Mia Barron, The narrator, also kind of killed the book for me. She used the same voice for almost every character, and her dialog rhythm was very bizarre. It got a little better by the end of the book, but listening to conversations between 3 or 5 people, all with the same voice kind of makes it a little hard to follow who is talking and whose eyebrows are flying where. That’s not to say that the narrator was awful, she has a very nice voice and during the course of the narrative parts, it was a pretty enjoyable listen.
I did like the world and a lot of the ideas that went into it. In this dystopian world, there are vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, wraiths, witches, dechet, and probably some other things that I may be forgetting. The history of the world was nice, not really rich, but definitely thought out. Then on top of all the different types of characters, you also have a sci-fi feeling environment, that still feels desolate.
Unfortunately, the book was a little too predictable and repetitive for me. I had already guessed what was going on by 45% of the way through the book. I would say the end of the book, but the end of the book is not really an ending. The author basically didn’t finish the story, then called it a cliffhanger.
All in all, it was a bit of a slog, and I don’t want book 2. It fell short of what I was expecting and what I was really hoping for in a unique urban fantasy book.
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