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Series: The Perfect Outcast #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on 2014-11-04
Genres: SciFi, Young Adult
Source: the Author
Pria is a world so perfect, its people have never known hunger, illness, physical pain, or even death. They comprehend these things only through the chilling reminders of Father Sampson, their beloved Creator, who experienced them himself in a more savage world. Beauty is the privilege of every person, both to have and to see—that is, until Alina is born.
As she grows up and endures the isolation of being different, Alina observes a paradox around her. Women are stunning, yet always trying to look better; men constantly gratified, but never fulfilled; Father Sampson is worshipped, yet feared by all—except Jade, Alina’s guardian and the only person she loves in the world.
Alina then learns there is more to the history of Pria than what she's taught in school, and to Carthem, the terrifying place where the disruptive are sent. As the mystery surrounding her birth is revealed, Alina finds herself in the heart of a dangerous conspiracy, with the fate of both Pria and Carthem in her hands.
When Melissa Hansen asked me if I wanted to review The Perfect Outcast, I agreed enthusiastically. The Goodreads synopsis alone seemed like nothing I had ever read before and had me wanting to know more! However, the actual book left me kind of underwhelmed.
I thought that The Perfect Outcast started off pretty promising, other than having to read about the bullying that Alina had to endure. Reading about bullying is never fun. I was fascinated by Pria and Father Sampson and very curious as to why Alina was so different. However, just as I felt the story was really getting good, everything changed, pulling me out of the story. There were still some interesting and exciting scenes, but for the most part, I couldn’t really get into it. It was just so far out of the realm of what I was expecting from the synopsis and beginning of the book, and honestly, I felt like it just added more questions and confusion, without offering any answers.
In all honesty, I don’t really remember how the book ended, but I do remember not being overly impressed. There’s going to be a sequel, and while I’m still slightly curious as to the why’s regarding Alina’s inception, I am very doubtful as to whether I’m willing to continue this story. While I’m sure there are many out there that will like it, this book just wasn’t for me.