Outland Exile (Book 1) of Old Men and Infidels by W. Clark Boutwell (Book Review #150)

This review was written for Online Book Club

“I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.”

This book was an “OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.”

Outland Exile is a futuristic novel written in a world where society is dominated by a high-tech dictatorship system. In this story, designer drugs and computer generated experiences are a reality. Malila is a seventeen-year-old, second lieutenant, working for the Unity Forces as security. She is given a mission that goes wrong causing her to be kidnapped and her whole squad to die.

The unity’s training begins at the age of thirteen and retirement is at forty. This society is designed in a way that old people no longer exist. The United States is divided into political units separated by wastelands, the weather is uninhabitable and existence is harsh.

Malila finds herself in a position where her captor, Jesse Johnstone shows her the true world she is living in and from there she begins to make decisions about what to do with her life.

The story begins with a very odd edged way. The pace is very slow and it is somewhat confusing but as you read along, you slowly understand what is going on and that is when you begin to enjoy the book.

The most rewarding fact about this book is the character development. Malila really changes from the start of the book to the end of the story. I found this to be very enjoyable and brilliantly done. The literary standard complements the futuristic style of genre and I see this to be a great read for the younger audience.

I recommend this book to sci-fi lovers, action novel fans, and dystopian fellow lovers.

Written by Jeyran Main

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