Author: Lucas Aubrey Paynter
Genre: SciFi Fantasy
Beyond the remnants of Earth lie many worlds, connected by pathways forgotten and invisible. They were left by the gods and have been found by Flynn.
A confidence man. A liar. A monster. Flynn has seen himself for what he really is and has resolved to pay for everything. Even if it means spending the rest of his days locked in Civilis, a tower prison for society’s unwanted – “half-humans” gifted by the fallout of nuclear holocaust centuries past.
Jean, a prisoner in the neighboring cell, has different ideas and despite himself, Flynn finds himself joining her daring escape. After rescuing her friend Mack, the three flee Civilis as Flynn pieces together the hours before his capture and finds himself drawn to an abandoned facility where a rift to another world opens at his nearing.
Together they will venture farther beyond the stars than humanity ever imagined, find others like them that will never belong, and tangle with forces both ancient and immortal. They stand alone, hated and scorned – and the last hope of making things right in a cosmos gone terribly wrong.
We were scheduled to review this some time ago, but because of website and hosting issues, we had to reschedule. But now we’re here with our review.
Reading “Outcasts of the Worlds” was a pleasure from start to end. The book is extensive and complex, and features intelligent, divers characters. Flynn, the main character, meets a wide cast of other characters after he escapes prison along with Jean and Mack. Flynn is a complicated person, and an engaging character. While the characterization was good, I liked the plot even more. It was surprising, with so many twists and turns I had no idea what would happen next, and it provided an interesting perspective on the idea of many different worlds, and the possibility to visit them.
The combination of scifi and fantasy works well. I’m not always a fan of die-hard science fiction, but the combination with fantasy drew me in for this book, and I looked forward to reading more books that combine these genres.
If I had to complain about something, I’d say the plot is at times a little too complicated. I had to rered a paragraph here and there to completely understand what was going on. Maybe if the writing was slightly clearer, it would be easier to understand. But overall, it wasn’t such a big deal.