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Outlier: Rebellion

(Outlier #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  71 reviews
“Those in power will do whatever they can to get away with everything they can.”

The world is destroyed, save for the Last City Of Atlas where every citizen is born with a unique, special ability and, for some unknown reason, humans no longer sleep or dream. Poor, starved, and armed with only their lowly powers, an unlikely crew of slum-born form a secret rebel group with t
Kindle Edition, 518 pages
Published July 25th 2014 by Frozenfyre Publishing (first published July 23rd 2014)
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Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book. The story takes place in a sort of dystopian universe where the privledged who live in the Lifted City get everything from and look down upon those who live in the slums (similar in thought to the world in the Hunger Games). Everyone in this world has a legacy, different gifts such as seeing the future and being able to walk through walls.

The story follows Anwick, who is the only person over the age of two that s
Joood Hooligan
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Having read both Beautiful Dead and Dead of Winter, I already knew I liked Daryl's writing. I just was iffy about starting another series by him. I didn't want to have high expectations and end up disappointed.

The first chapter made me worried, I was afraid the entire book was going to be written like that - and I didn't much like it. Then the next chapter happened, and I realized it is a story told by multiple characters from thei
Veronica of V's Reads
I received this book via Goodreas' Don't Buy My Love Program.
4.5 Stars for this richly textured, dystopian epic.

The future world, as described in Outlier, is a mix between Xmen, and Hunger Games--without the games. There is one main city, Atlas, which is large and filthy, a hardscrabble life, segregated into wards. The Lifted City is exactly what it sounds like, a city built on a platform thirty stories in the air, upon which the ruling class lives, including the King and the wealthy. The lowbor
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Outlier: Rebellion has all the magic of a dystopian world and strong engaging characters, with a twisting plot that keeps you guessing about what the outcome may be. The story ebbs and flows with side characters momentarily taking centre stage, and either contributing later in the book to unexpected plot development, or untimely sometimes painfully shocking endings.

I loved this book and the affection has deepened with every turn of page. I have to say the love affair developed slowly and there w
Alex Tuttle
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even start? There is so much going on in this book, but I never once felt overwhelmed or lost. There are a lot of POV’s but each character is so fleshed out, unique, and necessary, that anyone worried about that part can put their mind at ease. Daryl masterfully and seamlessly weaves this story together, taking you on a rollercoaster of emotions.

One sec, I just got some... dust... in my eye.

I LOVED Wick and Athan, even though there is so much more to this story, they were my favorite
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The one from whom everything has been stolen...
The only one who dreams in a world devoid of sleep...
The condemned one...
The one who has lost his way...
The one searching for something he knows nothing of...
The one trying to separate the certainties from the probabilities...
The one who suffers with the pain of others...
The source of light at the end of the tunnel...
The one meant to rule...
The distrustful one...
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The dystopian world of Outlier Rebellion is made up of the privileged few who live in the Lifted City, and the slum-dwellers who work hard and die young toiling for them. Residents of the slum are policed by the Guardians, whose ranks are tainted by corruption and random brutality. Author Daryl Banner has built a dark world where humanity has been all but snuffed out, but people can only be pushed so far before they start to pu
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a epic tale of rebellion. The world within this story is completely distinct in its originality. This is not a love swept dystopian tale. Outlier is the story of the start of a rebellion. It takes place in a world so different from anything I have ever imagined with characters real enough to pull it off and make me believe.

Everyone in this world of Atlas has a legacy, or superpower. No one sleeps past the age of two. No one except Wick, who has no idea what his legacy is beyond bein
Alexis Woods
(This book was received free in return for an honest review via the Goodreads Don't Buy My Love Program)

3.5 stars

Atlas - is an amazing world. A world of the elite, rich, Lifted City, and that of the below, the slums, the districts and wards. The story revolves around one such slum boy, Anwick (Wick) Lesser and his family. In this unique world, each citizen is born with a Legacy, an ability to do something special. I absolutely loved the use of the Legacies and how each citizen had a different po
Steph Parks
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Daryl does it again

Another amazing story from Daryl! I loved the characters of this book, very well developed. I don't think there's been a book I've read by Mr. Banner that hasn't gotten a 5 star rating, and I truly am not just a generous person. The book took a little to get used to jumping from different people's pov throughout, but I found myself enjoying it immensely once I could remember each one's names.
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I really don't know what to make of this book, it's dystopian, futuristic, and post apocalyptic which is my favourite genre's. Maybe I'm just not in the right mood for it, but I'm going to begin the sequel.

The first story I ever read by Daryl Banner was The Slum Queen a prequel to this story which is featured in Moments in Time an anthology. I enjoyed it enough that I went on to read The Beautiful Dead which is one of my all time favorites.

I don't know the official classification of the Outlier series, but I would categorize it as dystopian sci-fi. It begins sometime in the future. Most of the world hasn't survived as far as we know. What's left has been divided into sections
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author was kind enough to provide me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved this book. I was a little hesitant to pick it up at first, because I usually don't like my m/m mixed with m/f. But then I figured I read plenty of m/f dystopian stories, so why the heck not?

The beginning was a little hard to get into. There are a lot of different people with different Legacies showing up at the same time, and a lot of them getting
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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*A copy of this book was provided by the author for free in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a great dystopian novel, all the elements you expect, but unique enough that it's still interesting. In Atlas, the last place on Earth with humans, the rich live in a Lifted City, and the poor below what are essentially slums. Everyone is "blessed" with legacies, special powers unique unto themselves. These legacies are literally life and death. Too powerful and you're a threat, too week and you'r
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Outlier is a dystopian tale that revolves around eleven individuals. Each chapter gives the pov of one of the ten character (one only gets one chapter) and cycle through each giving readers a how effected these individuals are by the society they live in and how oppressed they are. Minor characters are also seen through the eyes of the character giving readers a different perspective of each character featured in the story.

I enjoyed
Chris Szymanski
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin!
This was the first book to an amazing new series. The main character, Anwick, grabs your attention from the very beginning and keeps your support of him throughout the book. The other characters are just the same, making you root for them throughout the book.
The creativity in the plot is outstanding. Plot twists are throughout the book that will truly keep you entertained and not let you put the book down. At times I got frustrated because I wanted to keep reading but just coul
Claire Riley
Daryl Banner has done it again. Now I'll be honest, i started this book thinking it wasn't for me. It felt slow at times and seemed to drag, but then I found that in-between me putting it down and picking it back up, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Wondering what was going to happen tot he characters next.

The book flips from different POV's constantly, and I'm a big fan of this style. I like seeing things from different characters pov and I like seeing the pieces slowly coming together to bu
Ramona Plant
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible read. Daryl Banner grabs you from the very first page and leaves you wanting more at the end. He starts it with a bang makes you wonder. He is an artist with words and paints a world that feels real.

It is a fairly long read, but doesn't feel like it at all. Every page reads easily and is pure joy. He breaks it up by writing each chapter from the perspective of one of the characters making it a supprisingly cohesive read. This could have easily made the book confusing, but he
Laramie Briscoe
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So....I finished this book & I feel the need to tell anyone who enjoys an engrossing story that pulls you in from the first freaking chapter...doesn't like the same stuff that's written all the time....loves imaginative worlds built on the likes of Divergent and I even think it could compare to the Black Dagger Brotherhood in a way (no vampires, but I think fans of that series would LOVE this) to go pick up this book. You won't be disappointed. This is not normally what I read, but I was ver ...more
Angela Shockley
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Like some other reviews have mentioned, I had a difficult time getting into this book at the beginning. I’ll come right out and say that books with shifting points of view tend to drive me crazy! It takes me a while to get comfortable with it. However, I DID get comfortable with it and became so engrossed that I finished this bad baby in one day.

I found the world of Atlas to be fascinating. It’s easy to imagine that I’d be one of those lower wa
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
*I Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lovers of Paranormal or LoP*

I am obsessed with dystopian books right now. This was one of the best I've read! The future brings special powers to everyone. The story is about bad boy, Wick Lesser and his whole family. And boy, do I love those bad boys!! The action in this starts almost immediately and never stops. There's a little of everything...sadness, family, romance, a little mystery and lots more. I can't wait for the next b
Riley K.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first the dystopian novel started out really slow but once I kept going, I started to enjoy the story a lot more. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to Outlier. Daryl Banner really knows how to keep his readers intrigued and invested into the characters and their development.
Ariana *mommy's late night book-up*
4 - 4.5 Stars!
This book was pretty sweet! I am a HUGE fan of Daryl's writing. The first book I read by him was The Beautiful Dead, which is one of my favorite books. It was so unique and different from anything I had ever read before. While completely different from The Beautiful Dead, Outlier: Rebellion was just as unique and left me wanting more. Seriously, I was pretty bummed out when I hit the last page. So many things, for me, were left unanswered and I am DYING to know what will happen nex
Michael S.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is very ambitious and packed with loads of characters, plotlines, backstory, and twists galore. Much more of a science fantasy "epic" than I had expected.

Everyone is born with some kind of magical talent, most of which have very narrow applications or are even undesirable (think of Piers' Anthony's Xanth), but some people win the superpower lottery and end up with abilities that are incredibly powerful and/or useful.

The post-apocalyptic setting is full of hi-tech vs. low-tech contras
Katie Harder-schauer
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was like a combination between The Hunger Games and Twilight for me, without the blood sucking. The Lifted City is clearly the Capital from Hunger Games, and the various wards that make up the slums are similar to the districts in the Hunger Games. The special abilities, or Legacies, that everyone is born with, seemed a lot like the special abilities that some of the vampires in Twilight possess, like Edwards ability to read minds or the little blonde psycho Volturi guard's ability to ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
Outlier: Rebellion (Book 1)

I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.

There are those who have, those who might have and those that have not. Everyone in Atlas is born with a special talent and no one sleeps one they are past the age of two. There is a system as well, the Lifted (or well off, high class) and then everyone else, divided between many different subclasses. But, unless you are a Lifted, you live below them and ultimately, work for them, providing them with all of
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Outlier: Rebellion is a mix of dystopian, sci-fi, and fantasy. A lot of the story elements reminded me of The Hunger Games, including a well-developed world, backstory, and cast of characters.

The author has a wonderful sense of the poetic which often showed up in the unusual but fitting descriptions. They were unusual enough to catch your eye (or ear) but not enough to jar you out of the story.

Outlier is written in third person present tense with a number of point-of-view characters. Th
Lilac Reviews
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dystopian fans
Shelves: dystopian
The story introduces you to several characters and does this well. I really care about many of them. You are certain that these people will end up colliding into each other’s lives in one way or another. It is at its roots a book about the haves and the have nots. The differences in those worlds is described and shown by the author without pages and page of narration. But at times the pace is uneven.
How do the young and old feel about their lives? What these characters believe, expect, hope for
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is set in a world with those who are privileged to be born in the sky city and the more numerous others who live in the slums beneath and in the shadow of the city. The privileged in their city in the sky truly have their heads in the clouds, often believing the poor slummers are only that way because they are lazy or have not chosen the right path.

Instead the city below is filled with resounding anger, for they work so very hard, making fine golden and glittering things for the riches'
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Daryl Banner is an author and composer who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Honors College with a degree in both Theatre and Psychology. During his time in college, he wrote, composed, and produced a musical under Tony Award-winning musical and Theatre producer Stuart Ostrow, as well as two original plays produced under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright La ...more

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