Saturday, November 14, 2015

Outsiders - Review

Something greater than human…

Jaylen Hayes knows that she is different from all other seventeen-year-old girls. Possessing extraordinary intelligence, she is also uncannily powerful and inexplicably hated by wild animals. But it is not until she transfers to Trinity High that she learns the truth about who—and what—she really is.

Instinctively drawn to two new classmates—the intense and passionate Indigo, and the charismatic and breathtakingly gorgeous Michael—Jaylen soon learns the shocking secret of their shared heritage, and the bloodline that extends to the stars. However, all is not what it seems, and Jaylen soon finds her newfound security threatened when a trusted friend becomes a dangerous and vengeful enemy.

Book Breakdown

Normally I do a little recap of the novel but I'm going to skip that as I don't want to give any spoilers away for this book. You need to read it for yourself. It's just an awesome read. The author's writing is easy to follow and flows great. The way she wrote her characters make them feel real. 

I love that the author wasn't afraid to make her character different. Jaylen is an atheist and I think it's fantastic to see that in a YA book. Most people skip that or just don't mention religion but this author put it right there for everyone to see. So if you don't like that, don't read. But you'll be missing out. Not everyone is a Christian and it's so wonderful to see diversity! 

Speaking of diversity, Jaylen is African-American and that is great to see! We need more books where like this! Jaylen is not the stereotypical type coming from a low income family or dealing with drugs. It's also a good book for the LGBT community because Indigo is bisexual.

Finally, the last thing I want to touch on is the sex scenes, pretty much all young adult books will skip over or give the smallest of details and it's always bothered me. I mean yes, I understand not wanting to let kids read that stuff but this is aimed at young adults. And most young adults are already exposed to all this. I mean come on, 16 and pregnant people! 

I thought it was a nice balance, in no way was this book overloaded with sex, it fit perfectly with the story and you could see how much they loved each other. It wasn't some random hook up. Very tasteful. 

More books should be like this! The risks this author takes and just how brave she is. Great job! Awesome sauce book and I just can't wait for more!

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*