Book: The Outsiders
Author: Tamy Ferebee
Page Count: 340
Synopsis: 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.
My friend Temecka who blogs at Library of Tomes received a review copy of this and after talking to her about this book, I decided that it might be up my ally and I wanted to give it a shot. So, I contacted the author and got a review copy. Now to the review...
I had quite a few issues with this book, the main one being that it was really a just childish and full of teenage drama. For those of you that are keeping tabs on me, you know that I am trying to veer away from Young Adult literature because at this point in my life it just kind of pisses me off and I want to read something more mature. That being said, this book is kind of one of the reasons why I'm doing it. There was just so much unecessary drama, and I realize they are teeangers and teenagers are supposedly really extra, but I just can't take it anymore.
Plot wise, most of it felt like it wasn't headed anywhere. This book is like a combination between sci-fi and contemporary and that doesn't really work. The sci-fi elements honestly did not make any sense and just made the plot all the more unbelievable. I think if the sci-fi elements were gone, the plot would be much improved. That being said, I wasn't a fan of the plot for most of the book, but it definitely improved towards the end and caught my attention more. I can tell the series is headed in a direction with more action and a plot.
Now on to the characters... I didn't really like any of the main characters. I thought they were rash and infuriating teens, which as I have stated above, I am trying to avoid. They were so diverse though and I highly appreciate that. The main character was a female person of color who was an athesit, and I can identify with that, and I have never been able to identify with that before. Other characters were diverse too, being people of color or members of the LGBT community, and I think that it is amazing that the author included such a diverse array of characters. And the way she described them and portrayed them was really realistic and it is hard to get that.
As for the writing, it wasn't too special, but it was very realistic of how teenagers think and act and I appreciated that, even though, you know, teens annoy the hell out of me.
Overall I feel like I could like this series. The author has some things she can improve on and I can probably get over the whole teenager thing. I'm hoping she develops the sci-fi aspect of the book so that it makes more sense and doesn't make me want to roll my eyes.