30 years ago brought the first superhumans, regular people given great power seemingly at random.
15 years ago brought the paranormals, stranger and often weaker in their abilities, but far more numerous.
Today, the world holds its breath . . .
Or at least, it should.
Most people, though, are just trying to get on with their lives; some successfully, some less so. It's a sensible goal, but it can be hard when shadowy conspiracies and worldwide N.G.O.s are turning your city into a proxy battleground over world-shattering secrets. It’s bad enough when you’ve just woken up with superpowers and terrorists are holding your school hostage. It’s even worse if you’re an illegal vigilante stuck in the middle of the whole Charlie Foxtrot after a supervillain raid drops vital information in your lap.
For Hannah Eiling-Kingsford and Flint Perez, life is about to get a lot harder to get on with.
Outliers is a superhero story.
Okay, so not so much superhero as vaguely superhero-ish. It's about two teenagers dealing with, among other things, new powers, psycho exes, mysterious datapads and a giant, secret war between the foremost powers-that-be, over information that could forever change the world. Again. You know, normal teenage stuff.
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I haven't caught up to the recent chapter yet, but I just want to say that so far it's been a pretty great story. It reminds me a lot of the novel parahumans, similar premise and very well designed characters :P
Was reading this on your blog before I found it here, and am happy to leave a quick 'review'!
I do enjoy the super power genre, as some in the genre are the best web novels out there. This one is in my top for the genre, and pretty high up overall for web novels.
I really enjoy Hannah's story and character a lot, what with the voice-hannah talking with her, and at first I was disappointed every time the POV switched back to Flint. However, as time went on, he and the side characters associated mostly with him grew on me as well. The character development and interaction overall is really good, keeps you interested in the story and how they will affect and be affected by it. My only real gripe is that it seems like there are too many characters to remember XD. For a while I had trouble remembering all the outliers, with them being called by their real names and powered names. In the end it's not that big of a deal tho.
Sorry this is just a simple review, but I don't know much about reviewing and stuff.
Keep up the good work!
Superpowers define this story’s world. The official, registered superheroes are corporate and not always very nice people. The day to day dirty work of hero-ing is done by super-powered vigilantes who thumb their noses at things like rules and regulations as they go toe to toe with equally super-powered bad guys while attempting to operate under the radar. The story kicks off with Skew and his band of merry men and women as they charge in to shut down a super-villainous operation and wind up in deeper than they anticipated, in more ways than one.
Skew and his gang are in their late teens/early twenties and are big on quick and clever repartee with a healthy dose of snark, which I expected and find entertaining. But the more I read, the more impressed I am by a sense of depth—characters and their relationships with each other are gradually revealed to be more complex than the surface wittiness of the first few installments immediately leads you to believe.
The story jumps in feet-first, but it’s more than just action. The fight scenes add up to something greater than the sum of their parts—there’s a real sense of a multi-layered plot gradually coming together, with you the reader figuring out what’s going on right along with the characters. The exposition necessary to setting up the world and the characters is delivered in an entertaining voice and offered in bite-sized pieces that don't slow down the action. Additional outright exposition is presented in clever and entertaining standalone "miscellany" interludes. Similarly, character-developing and relevant backstory-revealing flashbacks are presented in intermittent vignettes.
Overall, Outliers is a fast-reading romp through a well-developed world populated by interesting characters, a truly enjoyable story.
At first I was scepticle as I've seen the super powers line done to death as most everyone has I presume, usually its soo bad that it become a pain to read but I was plesantly surprised by the quality and overall reach of the plot and characters.
I seriously like the fully fleshed out characters personalities and backstory that you get glimpses of in the side chapters, and I cannot wait to see what turned Edith crazy or was she always like that...
Anyway you broke my expectations in a highly gratifying way and for that thank you, I hope to read more of your work.
~Twisted (A.K.A. Your freindly neighbourhood leecher)
read.it. -nuf said
This one was fascinating.
It's probably my third favorite superhero webfiction, after Worm and The Super Powered series.
Good characters, good variation, good action to keep us reading.
I'm annoyed at the end of the book, because I feel as if the story isn't done, but when you finish the book and want more, that's not a particularly effective critique of the book, just a demand for the author to give you more stuff
I'd be happy to read it though.