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Book: A Touch of Death
Author: Rebecca Crunden
Book Series: The Outlands Pentalogy Book 1
Recommended For…: dystopian
Publication Date: February 24, 2017
Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, death, slight gore, famine, illness)
Synopsis: A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.
A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.
Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.
Review: For the most part this was a great book. I really liked the world building in this book and it was a super fun book to read. The character development was also well done and the plot kept me intrigued throughout the whole time.
However, I had such issues getting into the book. The book was so slow in the beginning and throughout the book it was just really hard to get into.
Verdict: It was an interesting read!