For more than a thousand years, in Wales and environs, those who were strangers or without land have been known as “outlanders.” These strangers never quite fit in with the native peoples, never quite belonged, and the appellation followed them wherever they roamed. In time, it became their identity. This aptly describes, Johnny Outlander, a seventeen-year-old boy who has always been different than others.
Johnny’s father abandoned him in infancy and his mother moves away, leaving him in the care of a grandmother he’s never met. Bryn Evans lives in the redwood forests of Northern California, and she’s not quite what he expected.
Johnny has kept a deep secret from his early childhood, and now at seventeen he discovers a destiny that’s been awaiting him since man first walked the earth. His life is about to change as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, only to find he has inherited a destiny far older than the redwood forests that surround him.
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In my review I will touch on several subjects, readability, content and observations of what the novel means to me. Up front I should say that I like fiction. I read a lot of fiction. Slightly more fiction that non-fiction. I don't have a large library, a mixture of non-fiction and fiction in about 160 linear feet of book shelves. The readability is excellent. The book is written so well that it difficult to put the book down. I read the book in two to three chapter increments over four days. That was after I first read straight through for four hours. I have read the book twice in less than a month since I received the book. Since that time I have purchased ten more editions and distributed them all out for Christmas presents. It is that well written. An issue some people will find is that it is written in English. So, that said, there are some words that are not in common usage, such as termagant; which I had to look up and learn a new word. That to me is excellent, I like learning new words and concepts. Content: The book covers a number of concepts and ideas which may cause you to think.. Overall, to me the book is about coming of age. It is not just about a young man moving into adulthood, but it is also about human kind moving from user and abuser of the earth to actually caring about the earth. Then doing something about retrieving the Earth. Another concept is the possibility of intelligence not of earth. This idea has been around since the dawn of man and continues in various forms or technologies and spiritual forms today and in the fore-see-able future. Then there is history. The history that has been observed in frozen ice, tree rings and the actions of people and animals. Observations from the book: We all have to mature and take our place in the world. It is how you use your gifts and how they affect others that is paramount. If you have a gift of numbers, how are you going to use the physics to better the world or damage the world? If you have the gift of making things grow, how are you using those gifts to feed more of the world and not just human beings but the animals and the earth? Bottom line! This book will make you think.