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Something dark haunts Victor, threatening to steal his sanity -- even his life. He doesn't understand it, has no name for it; he only knows the malicious darkness in his mind wants him dead for his treachery ...
Something dark haunts Victor, threatening to steal his sanity -- even his life. He doesn't understand it, has no name for it; he only knows the malicious darkness in his mind wants him dead for his treachery in helping the humans.
Only in Beverly Surimoto's tender touch does he find some fraction of peace. But how much can he take from her before it's too much? How much before she realizes the demon he is and turns him away?
Posted June 25, 2011
I loved the first book in this series, so had high hopes starting Outcasts. I was not let down. This book -- this series -- is a perfect balance of science fiction and romance. The future is frightening in this alternate reality, but that's what makes it amazing. I can imagine this as a possible Earth, a possible future for mankind... and that scares the bejeezus out of me. And the story of jace an Lilly Quinn.... heartbreaking, beautiful... I could keep going. I smiled, laughed, and wept... I was heartbroken, elated, angry... I lived it. And I got to see more of MIchael Tanner. He's like no character I've ever read in a boo and I an't image a character like him working in any other setting. I wonder if he has a chance at his own story. This book is awesome!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2010
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"Outcasts" is a stellar installment in "The Phoenix Rebellion," Delaney's sci-fi/speculative romantic fiction series. Dr. Beverly Surimoto is one of the leaders of the Rebellion, but she's also an empath. Victor is an Areth who has been in a coma since joining the Rebellion. When Victor wakes up, he displays violent tendencies, almost killing Michael before Dr. Quinn can subdue him.
Set in the near future, 2052, the novel opens with a high octane fight between the Areth and Human operatives in Washington D.C. Slowly, the Areth are gathering information on the Rebellion.
Delaney's story moves forward in an effortless fashion, keeping the reader engaged. She uses a good economy of words to paint her futuristic world without slowing down the pacing of the story.
Victor and Beverly shine in this story. Victor reveals that Areth visited Earth 500-600 years ago and took several humans, cloning them to house their psyches. Victor believes it's his human and Areth personas at war in his mind. As an Areth, he shouldn't be feeling trust, concern, and kindness toward Beverly but he does. His body reacts in all too human ways when Beverly is close.
Beverly has had to fight for everything she's known since she was a child. She's highly sensitive as an empath, but when it comes to Victor, she doesn't know if she can trust her gut instincts. The couple's attraction to each other isn't just physical. Both have broken through each other's emotional walls.
"Outcasts" is sophisticated/intense for romance readers. The love scene between Victor and Beverly is sensual and highly charged. Delaney's created an outstanding series with a cast of characters that resonates with readers.