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Outpost by Ann Aguirre
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Sep 06, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

amazballs!!! can't wait for the next one!

I know some people will have a little bit of trouble accepting and some will be pissed and outraged that the protagonist actually likes Stalker, someone with a history of violence and who raped women. However, I thought Aguirre did a wonderful job expressing the difference between Stalker and Miles. We see in depth character development (or continued from the first novel) from Stalker. Being part of a gang or the enclave (even to some point Salvation) can be like a cult. The level of brainwashing that Stalker received gave him liberty to do horrible, horrible things (kill innocent people, rape most likely, violence, ect) without much doubt. While some people challenge the status quo within cults, most don't. If you're taught all your life certain things, those seem normal and it takes clarity to see differently.

This is the difference between Stalker and Miles. Miles knew better but enjoyed breaking people while Stalker just wanted to survive and didn't know better. Just like Deuce. She's killed people before and never challenged anything until she saw some clarity. We see Stalker mature and grow and realize his mistakes. he is not tormented by then to a large extent but focuses on being a better person.
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Shanah Davis I agree 100% about Stalker. Cult-like brainwashing is plausible for his past behavior and I believe people can change. I hope he finds peace and happiness as well as Tegan...

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