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.
*** Contains adult themes, M/F and M/M sexuality, and violence.
Having read both Beautiful Dead and Dead of Winter, I already knew I liked Daryl's writing. I just was iffy about starting another series by him. I didn't want to have high expectations and end up disappointed.
The first chapter made me worried, I was afraid the entire book was going to be written like that - and I didn't much like it. Then the next chapter happened, and I realized it is a story told by multiple characters from their point of views. Also, I really ended up liking the character from the first chapter.
Things happen, there's lots of drama, and there was many a time I had to close my kindle just to shout out an expletive.
The best part was when I was all, "Don't mind me, I'm just sobbing in the car pool lane at the spawn's school because Daryl broke my feels..."
How long until the next book is released, because I don't know how long I can wait before I have to start a riot.