Published by Createspace Independent Pub on July 23rd 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction
BOOK ONE OF THE "OUTLIER" SERIES
Every citizen in Atlas, the last city on the planet, is born with a unique, special ability, and no one sleeps past the age of two. Except for Wick Lesser who, at seventeen, still sleeps.
Hiding this rare ability from the world, his father, who can calculate futures, trains him in self-defense and combat while his healing-gifted mother works an unglamorous job in the muds and keeps his secret safe with the help of Wick's older brothers. The Lesser family of the ninth ward slums manages to keep afloat, suffering under the corrupt, greed-driven Kingship of the Lifted City.
But not for long.
In the first installment of the Outlier series, Wick's unassuming slumborn life soon explodes into a full-speed adventure of danger, betrayal, and self-discovery when he secretly joins an underground rebel movement working to take down the oppressive ruling power. But the task is far from easy, and there are more adversaries than Wick can count. Not to mention the complication of an intense, unplanned attraction ... to someone on the wrong side of the rebellion.
Powerful forces are gathering to put an end to the uprising, including the city's elite crew of law-enforcers called Guardian, of which Wick's own two eldest brothers are sworn members, and all corners of the slums grow ever restless: a lustful boy with blackened eyes leads a violent street gang, with Wick's younger brother as his newest recruit. A cunning orphaned girl whose ability is to be unseen, sees everything. And high up in the Lifted City, a privileged and wealthy boy yearns for an exciting new life in the slums.
Their world is at a precipice of great change. No one is safe.
The rebellion has begun.
*Reader discretion advised: contains M/F and M/M romance, mild violence, and adult language.*
This book is a epic tale of rebellion. The world within this story is completely distinct in its originality. This is not a love swept dystopian tale. Outlier is the story of the start of a rebellion. It takes place in a world so different from anything I have ever imagined with characters real enough to pull it off and make me believe.
Everyone in this world of Atlas has a legacy, or superpower. No one sleeps past the age of two. No one except Wick, who has no idea what his legacy is beyond being able to sleep. His parents have their gifts. His father has mathematical equations which help his see the future. His mother is a healer who takes on the injuries of others, but heals quickly. His brother Link can throw colors, mostly pink. His older brothers have their gifts and use them as Guardians of the lower slums. On the run in this city is an orphaned girl who can vanish at will, and is being pursued by men in masks. The lifted city above them rules over them all with a king that can scream death.
Wink joins the gang that pledges no violence, and sets out to wake the people of the slums up to their mistreatment. His gang, called the wrath, plans to throw some graffiti up during a festival where both the slums celebrate and the lifted city citizens will bear witness, hopefully inspiring recruits for change. It is on this night that outlawed bombs go off and create chaos. Lives are lost from the slums and the lifted city. Three of the higher born go missing and one ends up in the care of Wick. A boy who was on the end of his rope. A boy who doesn’t know his legacy either.
This is written in first person for each character. All of the characters are so unique and have so much depth. Any one of them could have been a book all by themselves. Bringing their stories together, giving them all the lead, was really genius. There is just so much going on in this book, it is hard not to get swept into this world. This book is worthy of attention. I loved all the characters. Even the little girl, who goes by the name Kid. Wick’s story is the best.
There is a romance in this story, but it is buried in a masculine writing style. It was not hard to remember that a man wrote this. Not that there wasn’t intimate moments, or tender thoughts. The characters just seem more real and less flowery. There was just as much going on physically in the world of the characters as there was in their heads. I really enjoyed the writing style. It was such a refreshing change. Men tend to write with a more masculine aspect, that is just really evident for someone like me who has been reading fiction written by women (just coincidentally) for quite some time.
I have no idea where the next book in this series will take us, but you can bet I want to read it. This book had action, fantasy, a dystopian setting, mystery, sex, and a bit of romance. I just couldn’t ask for more from a story.
About the Author
Daryl Banner is a writer and composer who graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology.
He does not write in any single genre, as his stories tend to span several. He is most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence. He is thrilled by putting his characters in terrible situations where they must face choices and challenges that seem impossible to overcome.
Daryl Banner writes contemporary fiction, sci-fi/fantasy (both in medieval and futuristic senses), unique takes on the apocalypse and paranormal romance genre, as well as magic realism. He cannot wait to hear what you think about his stories and welcomes (and responds to!) all feedback.
Interesting tidbits: Daryl is also an obsessive piano player, video game enthusiast, and occasional actor. He’s been remixing video game music for over fifteen years, and is a passionate Final Fantasy fan. Also, he personally answers all emails he receives, so if you have some strange desire to write him, he may enjoy it. He currently resides in Texas.