In a world on the brink of war, four superpowered teens must learn to work together for peace in Caitlin Lochner's action-packed debut novel, A Soldier and A Liar.
Lai Cathwell is good at keeping secrets. As a Nyte, a supernaturally gifted teenager who is feared and shunned by the ungifted, this skill is essential to survival. Orchestrating her own imprisonment to escape military duty has only honed her ability to deceive others. But when rebels start attacking the city, Lai is dragged back into the fight with a new team of Nytes.
Thrown together with Jay, a self-conscious perfectionist consumed by the desire to be accepted; Al, a short-tempered fighter lying for the sake of revenge; and Erik, an amnesiac hell-bent on finding his memories and his place in the world, Lai realizes she’s facing an entirely different kind of challengeone that might just be impossible. But if this team can't learn to work together, the entire sector will be plunged into war.
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.20(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
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After reading the blurb, I knew I had to get my hands on this book, and I was not disappointed. Lai's world is broken into two sorts of humans, those with powers and those without. Those with powers, the Nytes, are shunned, mistreated and mistrusted. Although Lai, a Nyte who is a telepath, was a top solider in the military of the normal humans, she was thrown into prison thanks to a small crime. She sneaks out and secretly works for the Order, a growing underground society which strives for a peaceful life for both types of humans. When the military comes and asks her to return in exchange for her release, she's not sure she wants to, but realizing it's a chance to gather more valuable information for the Order, agrees. But after begin back in uniform, she soon discloses secrets more dangerous than she suspected. In some ways, this book reminded me of the X-Men but placed in a futuristic world with a heavily split society. And it worked. Lai is an easy character to root for. She's tough, she carries loads of secrets, she's clever, she carries doubt of her own skills at times, and she has a good compass for knowing right from wrong. Her dedication to her friends is inspiring, and her ability to win people over...although not always through the best means...makes her hard not to like even with a few sharp personality corners. It's easy to root for her and those around her, especially with the situation of the Nytes pulls at the sense of needed justice. The pacing in these pages is pretty fast, guaranteeing a grabbing read with lots of surprises. There are levels of intrigue, some just dabbed upon and leaving the promise of excitement to come in the rest of the series, and secrets around every corner. Everyone has a history, and everyone has an agenda. It makes for interesting characters and a plot which is hard to decipher at times. While there is a little romance, it by no means carries the plot but rather lays in very slight dabs with the rest of the story. In these pages, friendship is golden and team work is not simple, but inspiring all on its own. Fans of super humans, fast paced action, intrigue and fighting for justice in an imbalanced society...and girl power...are going to enjoy this tale. I received a complimentary copy and was so engaged in this story that I couldn't put it down.
A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner is a pretty good read. It's a bit disturbing, as well. It's pretty obviously young adult, as there isn't a lot of graphic description of violence and the small bits of romance are definitely small. However, there's the seemingly ever-present issue in dystopian novels that is the basis for the whole novel--Us vs. Them. Lochner does a pretty good job of twisting the impact of nuclear fall-out to her own story. She introduces a fairly stnadard idea with small changes and details that make it new. The people live in domes, but there is a new generation of people who don't need to. While the governments focus solely on the military applications of these people, there is another group that focuses on equality and peace. The whole thing is kind of 'kumbaya' and a bit over-sweet. Obviously, our MC belongs to the hippy-dippy crowd trying to create world peace. What's not so obvious is that our MC is not a white knight. She's more of a grey knight. And that makes her infinitely more likeable, in my eyes. I think the biggest thing that tripped me up throughout the story is how difficult it is to guage ages. Obviously, all Nytes are teen or younger, but Team One usually comes off as much older. Given the ages at which they joined the military, that shouldn't be so surprising. However, Lochner makes sure to intersperse little totally kid/teenager moments to remind the reader that Lai and pals are NOT 30+ years old, despite their demeanors when it comes to war and life. While occasionally, these moments shake the reader, most of the time, they serve their purpose. Not only are you supposed to feel outrage at the Nytes are treated as lesser, but Lochner sends little reminders out to play on the reader's sense of humanity. Casual references to Lai's previous service, references to their sexual inexperience, and moments where the characters are nothing BUT teenagers in attitude and bearing serve as harsh reminders that the world they live in is not our own--that this is not an UF, but a post-apocalyptic dystopian story of a group of people who just want to be people. Lochner did a great job of portraying the disparities in the groups, but I would have much rather seen her show a bit more of the characters' personal reactions. I feel like there should be quite a bit more outrage by the Nytes and on behalf of the Nytes. They're the first Gen, and yet...it's like this prejudice and segregation has been around for centuries. There's a level of acceptance in the Nytes that just doesn't add up to humanity and society in general. Overall, the story was really good and I'm interested to see just how Lai and the gang are going to escape their fates...and what they're going to do once they do that. There were definitely parts that drag and that made it harder to just sink into the story. A solid 4 stars.