Oh, I wanted so badly to love this book! The cover was so gorgeous, but I’m glad I listened to that little feeling in my stomach when I decided not to buy this (library, my friends!). There is so much potential in The Outcasts, from the atmospheric setting to the plot, but when it came to the execution, this book fell flat for me. I kept pushing through, hoping something would reignite my attention, but I found my mind wandering. A big disappointment.
Don’t hate me for this one.
I’ve tried LaFevers’ wildly popular first book a few times now, but I can’t get past a certain part when she lands on shore (if you’ve been with me for a while and have read this book, you probably know the one I mean). One day, I might pick this up again and just skip that part, but it made me so upset that this went back to the library the next day.
I’ve never been so upset with a book before. This first 150 pages of this book (how far I got) is absolutely ghastly. A family, destroyed first by a husband’s wanderings, then his murder of his wife; a young girl, unwanted and left to the hands of the foster system to be constantly abused. When the girl was raped (again), I threw the book on the floor. There was no hint of hope, nothing for this girl (or I) to hold on to. I had absolutely no motivation to keep reading. Actually, I’d like to get this book out of my house as soon as possible. Looking at the cover irritates me.