Uprising (Outliers Saga, 2)
by Kate L Mary
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: May 21st, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
My Review - I really enjoyed this story
A gripping and exciting follow up to Outliers
Uprising is the second instalment of the Outliers saga, a 'dystopian future' story of oppression and good triumphing (hopefully) over evil. I enjoyed the first book in the series and wanted to see how the trials and torments inflicted on Indra, in that book, led her to grow and change as a person. I wasn't sure how the story would continue but was pleasantly surprised at the direction it took.
Indra is a Winta, one of the four tribe of Outliers, born to serve the Sovereign and live in fear of the Fortis. However having been whipped to within an inch of her life, after watching the beheading of her husband Bodhi, Indra is not only no longer in fear of them but is determined to rain vengeance down on them both. However things are complicated by Asa, a Fortis who doesn't live to humiliate and subdue the Outliers. Can Indra free her people or will she only bring them and herself further pain and loss?
Indra felt quite young in the first book, almost NA, so I was surprised to discover she was in her mid twenties. However she has definitely grown and matured and came across as a strong and determined character. The book is written third person, entirely from her perspective but in a way that still allows us to learn and understand the other main characters in the book.
I loved getting to know more about Asa and the other tribes, as well as the Untouchables. The book held some very surprising plot twists and whilst it doesn't end in a traditional cliffhanger, it does leave me on tenterhooks and wondering where this story can possibly go now.
The book really held my attention from the start and I enjoyed the story from start to finish. Whilst it makes clear that two of the characters engage in a sexual relationship, this isn't described and I feel the book could be enjoyed by older teens as well as adults. This is a book I am happy to recommend to any who enjoy well written stories set in dystopian futures/ alternate worlds. I wouldn't describe it as either fantasy or sci-fi but it does seem to slot within that general genre.
Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children's Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.
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Asa and I stood in silence for a moment before he said, “You’ve started down a very dangerous path, Indra. You have to know that. You’ve been lucky so far, but it can’t last. Eventually, one of the men you attack will get the better of you, and then you’ll get hurt.”
Anger flared through me then, replacing the fear that had been swimming in me since Asa came upon me in the forest yesterday. He knew I had already been hurt, in so many ways. He had seen it with his own eyes, had told me that my pain had hurt him as well, yet he had the nerve to say this to me.
“Hurt?” I found myself spitting the word at him. “I am getting hurt every day, Asa. You have seen it. You have seen what these men have done to me, to the people I love, to my tribe, and to all the other Outliers working in the city. I stood by and let it happen for too long, but I will not do it anymore. I will not be the person who watches others get hurt and does nothing to stop it. Not anymore.”
We stared at one another for a moment, each of us lost in our own pain, in the pain that was both for ourselves and for our people. I could see the battle raging in him, the one that pulled him in two different directions. Between me, a person he had come to care about, and his people. It was unfair to ask him to do this thing for me, to make a choice that went against who he was, but I could not turn back now, just as he could not change the fact that he had been born a Fortis. Those were his people, but I was an Outlier, and we had been fooling ourselves for too long. Our worlds were too different to mix. We were too different.
“I understand the things that have been done to you,” he finally said. “I understand your anger. But I’m looking out for you, Indra.”
“I know, but maybe it is time I learned to look out for myself,” I replied.
“Are you saying you don’t want my help anymore?” he asked, surprise and doubt clouding his vision.
I exhaled as the truth settled over me like a heavy weight. There was no way I could walk away from his help, not if I wanted to keep Mira safe.
“You know I cannot do that,” I finally said, “but you must also know I cannot turn my back on my people either. I will leave it up to you to decide what you must do from here. If you cannot live with the things I have done, the things I plan to continue to do, I will understand.” I stepped back, and it seemed as if a large canyon had opened up between us. I waved down at myself when I said, “This is who I am, Asa. That will not change.”
His brown eyes swept over me, softening even more. “I know who you are, Indra, and even if I don’t agree with it, I can’t turn my back on you now.”
For once, his assurances gave me no comfort. Asa and I were involved in an alliance which defied logic, and one which could not last. Eventually, something would happen that would cause him to turn his back on me, and when that time came, I was unsure of what would become of us. Of what I would be forced to do to not only save myself, but my people.