Outland by Kristin Keppler and Allisa Bahney is another novel I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. This is the second book in the “The Badlands” series and continues the dystopian adventure/romance tale that began with Wasteland. I was totally hooked on this series with the first novel, and I believe this second one is equally as good, if not better than the first.
The adventure continues in book two with even more action and danger for our main characters Danielle (Dani) Clark and Katelyn (Kate) Turner. White River, Dani’s home for the past seven years has been destroyed by Simon and the NAF (National Armed Forces) and Dani, wanting revenge, has rejoined the Resistance with her family and friends. Kate is back at her post with the NAF and under the command of her mother, the general. She unsuccessfully tries to warn Dani of the fate of White River, and is very conflicted by the actions and decisions she sees her mother and the NAF taking in the war with The Resistance. Kate and Dani can’t seem to stay away from each other even though they are technically enemies. When Kate sees what the general is about to unleash against Dani and The Resistance, she becomes even more determined to help them.
This second book really lives up to all my expectations. The action begins on the first page and keeps going all the way to the last. The setting, which is well-developed in the first novel, continues to portray the desperate, dystopian aura of the tale. Dani, Kate and all of the secondary characters will pull you even more into the story. They are so real, so human, especially in the dangerous situations they find themselves in. The romance between Dani and Kate also continues to develop despite the opposite directions their lives seem to take.
The story does not end with this novel. There will be at least one more book in this series, and after reading the first two, I can’t wait for the third one to get here. This is not a standalone novel. You should read Wasteland and Outland in order. You will be glad you did.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.