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Today is yet another thing and I just finished reading this book, Outland Exile, book one in the planned series Old Men and Infidels by W. Clark Boutwell.
Going to review it now 🙂
The world is getting older.
The world is getting younger.
America is dead and the Democratic Unity killed it.
After catastrophic wars and the Meltdown, The Unity rules from its East Coast citadel, leaving the outlands to savages and its strangely altered plants. Providing free health care, employment, computerless surfing and rec drugs at quite reasonable prices, the Unity mandates retirement at forty before fatigue and error contaminate a culture of youth, innovation, and vigor.
Middle-aged seventeen-year-old Lieutenant Malila Chiu, is a veteran officer who, despite well-earned fame, finds her career in tatters. Vandalism at a distant station triggers her demotion. Facing denunciation … or worse, Malila’s one option is to enter the outlands to repair the station herself. At first, the repairs go well.
Dropping from fatigue, she wakes to find a hideously ancient savage has murdered her platoon and now holds a knife at her throat, making her the … Outland Exile.
In a new world that been introduced here in Outland Exile where a new society, Unity is manipulated with new advanced technology and doctrine to obey all the rules that their totalitarian government induced to their people. The setting was a new futuristic version of United States of America and quite fascinating by the hi-tech propaganda, implants, and drugs. Even with that advancement, there was also a glimpse of political interest, different ideologies, wasteland and unsuited extreme weather that may be not entirely perfect in the state they have.
I was quite impressed by how the visualization of new dystopian city sprouted and well been developed into this book. The author did a great job in giving a detailed explanation and information about everything that is new to a reader. I guess I’m been confused with the used of some words but I’m accustomed to it. But the entire session of reading was awesomely moving. Though, I still grasped for more action. Yeah, this is good in descriptive approach but I found the action too dull in its presence. Anyway, I hope for the next book to found it more engaging. Clark Boutwell was indeed an amazing author in this kind of genre.
Malila as the feminine protagonist of the story was quite interesting, smart and brave. I like the aura presence of her persona which makes me know more what she will be going to do after discovering the essence of life with the help of Jesse. Jesse on the other was also intriguing and good. They both did great though Malila concerns about the trust between them, later on, she found to deal with it and the feeling is mutual for both of them.
If you’re up to a unique display of post-apocalyptic fiction then read this for your taste consumption of well if it’s your thing or just beginning. I guess you just read to see what I mean. Happy digesting the new world.
Giving this a high five!
He lives with his bride of 40 years in Alabama. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. He has been an avid solo hiker, backpacker, and climber since he was a mere lad of 11.
“Outland Exile” is his debut novel and the first book of an expected five book series centering on aging, medical care, cybernetics, society and faith in a future America.
Book Two, Exiles’ Escape is due out from Indigo River Publishing, summer of 2017. The third book (w/t Malila of the Scorch) and the close of the Jesse/Malila narrative is due late 2018.
Thank you for reading!