In the dusty ruins of the world, three groups exist: the Sovereign, the Fortis, and the Outliers. Within their walled city, exclusive access to the only remaining technology gives the Sovereign an advantage that seems impossible to beat. In exchange for meager scraps and free reign outside the walls, they use the brawn of the Fortis to their advantage while the Outliers struggle to survive. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, and surrounded by dangers too numerous to count, the Outliers have adapted - but to the Sovereign and the Fortis, they are nothing.
Indra is an Outlier. Each day she braves the wastelands, making the dangerous journey from the wilds where she lives to the City so she can serve the Sovereign in order to give her family a better life. Inside the walls, she has no rights and no freedom. Not only is she powerless to resist the Sovereign’s harsh rule, but she is also unable to do anything to save her people from the brutality of the Fortis. For centuries they have made their abuse of Outliers a sport, but when Asa comes to Indra’s rescue, she sees something different in him. Something that marks him as so much more than just a Fortis guard.
But as Indra’s world begins to unravel, even the quiet alliance she has formed with Asa cannot save her from the wrath of the Sovereign. In one life-altering moment, everything Indra has ever known is ripped away, forcing her to face a world even more harsh and unforgiving. Broken and scarred, Indra finds herself on a journey that will challenge everything she’s ever been taught, learning along the way that she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Maybe even strong enough to free her people forever.
✯✯5 Indra Strong Stars!!!✯✯
Kate L Mary has given us the start of an amazing new post-apocalyptic world. The world is left with three different groups of people. The top is the Sovereign and they are sitting pretty. You have the Fortis. They're big and strong and they're the Sovereign's muscle. As long as they keep the Outliers in line the Sovereign give them things like electric and running water. At the bottom with twice the people then the Sovereign & Fortis put together is the Outliers. The Outliers are spread out and form four tribes.
Indra is part of the Winta tribe. She works for house of Saffron. Indra and her friend Mira must walk thru the wastelands past the Lygan Cliffs thru Fortis and Sovereign city everyday.
Indra has worked at her job for a few years. The Outliers only get their jobs passed down from family members. She got her a few years ago when her mom was too sick and weak to do it anymore.
The only thing they receive for their work is food that can’t grow in the wastelands where they live and some medicine for her mom.
Indra has been chased for years by Brodi. Indra finally realizes she’s in love and they marry in their tribes wedding ceremony. They get into a routine. When Indra isn’t working Bodhi takes her into the woods. While men in their village don’t believe women belong hunting and providing. Bodhi wants her to know how to survive if something were to happen to him.
Indra continues working in the city. But, the Sovereign are changing how things are done. Of course making the Outliers lives harder and harder. Luckily for Indra there’s Asa. He’s not like the rest of the Fortis people. He stands up for Indra and her friend Mira.
As weird as it is Indra and Asa end up friends. They don’t interact much. But, they respect each other. Even though Indra loves her husband, Asa makes her feel things she’s not sure how to take.
One day when Asa isn’t at work things don’t go well for Indra. Her life as well as everybody she cares about changes. Nobody is the same from that day forward.
I’m hoping this is the start of an amazing story. Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. There’s so many storylines that can be told it’s amazing!!! I can’t wait for more of Indra. She’s my favorite leading lady that I have read this year. Kate L Mary has definitely started another what looks to be one of my favorite series! Can’t wait for book two