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Winner in the 2018 Kindle Books Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction

"Fear is normal, Indra, it is what you do with that fear that determines if you are strong or weak."

In the dusty ruins of the world, three groups exist: the Sovereign, the Fortis, and the Outliers.

Indra is an Outlier. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, the Outliers have adap
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Twisted Press, LLC
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From the ashes of life comes strength and one young woman will find her own strength at one of the lowest points in her life. Enter the world of OUTLIERS and let author Kate L. Mary take you on a journey into what is left behind in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. Three classes have formed, the all-powerful, ruling Sovereign class use their position to gain a warrior force from the Fortis. At the bottom of the chain are the Outliers, those with the least, those who must work the hardest, tho ...more
Terry Tyler
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I downloaded this book on Kindle Unlimited

I really liked this book, as much as Kate Mary's zombie series. Protagonist Indra is a member of one of the four tribes of Outliers, in a world where the Sovereign people rule, with the Fortis providing the muscle. The Outliers are the workers, the weak, who rely on hereditary jobs in the Sovereign's kingdom. Immediately, I wanted to know where this strange land is supposed to be; a fantasy world, or Earth? The suggestion that it's Earth comes a
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
I absolutely loved Outliers. It was a great, quick read that hooked me from the start and kept me reading long into the night and back at the next morning. I loved the world Mary created, a world birthed from the destruction that took place hundreds of years earlier. Depending on where you were born, depended your allotted place in this world. It is such a fantastic dystopian read.

I was surprised with this book in such a wonderful way. It was suspenseful, painful, and agonizing at times. But wa
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the description for this book and was immediately hooked. I didn't want a romanticized picture of a dystopian society and this book delivered. it was so raw that i found myself crying and connecting to Indra. She is strong but not without sacrifice. I do not want to give anything away but just know this book is raw and hooks you in fast. The build up of these characters is masterfully written, and let me tell you, you not be able to put it down.
Amber Tucker
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not just another Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian book!!!

Amazing! I love Indra. She is a really strong mc who is an Outlier, at the bottom of the caste system. She suffers so others don't. I love the different castes. I hope the next book delves into the Fortis, the guards, especially Asa, and the Sovereign the ruthless rulers.
K.J. Simmill
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indra was an Outlier. She was nothing, less than nothing within the city walls. For three years she had worked for Saffron, inheriting her mother's position of House Maid when her mother became too sick to work. Now it fell to her to provide for the family. She learnt quickly how to protect herself from the more horrific consequences, and in turn when her best friend Mira came to work there, she protected her, even at her own risk. Things were less than ideal, but they were bearable for the smal ...more
Cheer Papworth
Indra is the kind of dystopian protagonist I’m always searching for, but rarely find. An unlikely hero who doesn’t possess hidden super powers, she’s undesignated as the chosen one and truly not extraordinary in any way. Instead, she’s relatable- a kind and compliant servant, but a fighter she is not. But what happens when a powerless Outlier girl, suppressed beyond measure, is stripped of everything she values and loves? Watch out world because this is the stuff that makes for a fantastic 5 Sta ...more
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
Overall I enjoyed this instalment of the Outliers Sage. I like that it didn't end on a cliffhanger, but rather at a natural break point in the story. The whole book is written in the first person and from Indra's point of view, which is a little unusual in dystopian/Sci-Fi novel.

For me, the story was a little slow at first. Whilst I appreciate that there is a need to world build and to introduce the various characters, it felt as though nothing much happened. It is so worth sticking with though
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The world of The Outliers Saga is made up of three different classes of people. The high society and rulers of the world are the Sovereign who live inside the walls of the Sovereign City. Sovereign City is ruled by the women and is the one who makes all the rules and enforces them. They have a one-child rule where if anyone has more than one child that child is left outside of the walls to die.

The next group of people is the Fortis that live just outside the walls of Sovereign City. The Fortis
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The post-apocalyptic and Dystopian genre can be hit or miss for me. A strong storyline and a well structured world are very important to pull me into the story, and of course characters that I can relate to or feel for. Author Kate L. Mary did a phenominal job on all the above!

The class system and hierarchy in Indra's life puts her in the lowest and most mistreated level, the Outliers. Her people are considered inconsequential and nothing more than slave labor to the elite Sovereign. They are f
Katherine Paschal
In the future, after mankind destroyed the earth through technology and war, a new society has been formed where there are three classes people are sorted into. There are the small group of elite Sovereign who rule supreme in the cities, the Fortis who are the middle class soldiers and then the Outliers, the bottom class who live in huts in the Wilds and are seen as dispensable servants. Indra belongs to the Outliers and this is her story.

There was a very subtle love triangle going on in Outlier
Masquerade Crew
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
I was gifted the audiobook. My review contains my own thoughts, and I'm not getting paid to say anything nice.

Too many details often ruin a story for me: too much backstory or character descriptions that are either too long or just somehow out of place. This story doesn't have that problem, but there was a time or two where I wondered. It feels like the story progresses slowly here and there. Thankfully the details didn't bog down the story too much. And there were times when the details were s
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was ok. There were some things that I didn’t think made very much sense. I could never figure out how the Sovereign, who are these fat little doughy people, could possibly be the ones in control of everything. They live safely behind their walls with plenty of food and luxuries never having to lift a finger. Everything is clean and perfect. But they aren’t very powerful. There was never any mention of advanced weaponry of any sort.

Then we have the Fortis. The Fortis are big, filthy (with a
Jennifer Zamboni

Kate L Mary has created a completely different world then the zombie apocalypse Broken World Series. The writing style has a different flow to it and I love it just as much!

Indra is a different kind of strong kick-ass woman. It grows from deep within her, watered and fed by the circumstances that are forced on her. Her life is hard. Not just a bad day hard, but struggling to survive in a world that finds no value in your life type of hard. She works in a city full of wealthy people who view h
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This an enthralling book.

Outliers takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopia and is told in the protagonist's,Indra,first person point of view.

This is a harsh and dangerous world where theft is punished with the lose a hand, assault and battery of all stripes is at best ignored and at worst is encouraged and a caste system is fully enforced.

The Sovereigns is the aristocracy caste. They are matriarchal and a spoiled, political class. They employ the outliers as indentured servants and have a one
Jessica Belmont
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Let me just start this review off by saying this book is AMAZING. I read the blurb before reading, and I was intrigued, but I’ve never read anything by Kate L. Mary, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the first chapter, I was hooked and I read the book in one day.

Without long, drawn out paragraphs, Kate L. Mary is able to paint a vivid and interesting world. I love how each tribe of the Outliers is different, and even though we
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!

10 stars! I cannot believe how much I loved this book. This is true Dystopian, not what is saturating the market, barely passable & just using that word as a tag to garner views from searches. The world this author has created is unique. It's harsh and cruel but the flawless plot building from the very first page gives you a sense that this cruel, vicious way of life will be changed. Changed by the characters that you cannot help but love. A protagonist who steals your hear
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This book was not for me... So slow, depressing, and sad!
I was absolutely surprised to find that it was a kindle awards winner... winner of what category? Sadness?!??!?
Throughout almost the entire book, the titular character (Indra) had the sh*t thrown at her! And she not only took it, she then piled it higher upon herself by her own continual self-deprecating thoughts, ie: she's just an outlier... or, she's just a woman... We assume that eventually she'll rise up, smarten up, and take back her
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure what Kate L Mary’s plan for this book is…but I certainly hope it is going to be another big multi-book series! Indra lives in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world. There are 3 known groups of people in this world: the Outliers (gentle people where men are basically the providers, women are taken care of), the Fortis (big bullies where men and women are equal and harsh), and the Sovereign (the rich and spoiled where women are the rulers and the bulk of the other groups are their ‘emplo ...more
Ani Conda
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate L Mary has created a whole world in Outliers. A world that demonstrates the worst of humanity with the best being few and far between. Indra’s life in the lowestu class of the dystopian world is brutal and harrowing, she is always at the mercy of the Fortis and ultimately the Sovereign. Her story is a a painful one to follow. My heart was with Indra from the beginning. Through her humiliation at the hands of the Sovereign and Fortis, the relief of finding an unexpected ally, to her true lov ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It is always my hope that, when I read a book, I'll be taken on an adventure; that I'll leave reality for a while and live within the world of the characters; that I will experience through the words written on the page what the characters are going through. This book, Outliers, was one of those beautiful adventures. I felt as if I knew these characters, and that I had lived Indra's life; I could relate to her in so many ways. There were times I wanted to cry and I'm sad to say that I ch
Tina Gundy
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outliers: A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Novel (The Outliers Saga, Book 1) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is Kate’s best series to date in my opinion. If you enjoy dark post-apocalyptic/dystopian worlds with a strong female lead as the series moves forward, this is the book for you.

What’s it about? Many years into the future castes have settled on what’s left of the land, most of which is poisonous and not suitable to grow crops. The Sovereign, who are the upper class, rule with an i
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian-sci-fi
I'll just come right out and say it......this is NOT my usual genre. I won't get into exactly why I gave this author a try, BUT I'm sure glad I did. I found this book about a world where you have three classes of people...The Sovereign (think nose in the air, I'm better than the rest of you. Only really nasty as the same time), The Fortis (think hired muscle. Not well paid, but in this world it's "do as I say or else"), then you have the underdogs....The Outliers (think bottom of the food chain, ...more
Charlotte Miller
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!! Kate L. Mary has done it again! This book shows that classism and eliticism still exists even in a post-apocalyptic world with the three groups of Sovereign, Fortis, and Outliers. Indra, an Outlier, and of the lowest class was very determined and had much resolve throughout the story. This book made me laugh, be angry, and cry. Not many stories elicit such an emotional response as I got from this book. I am looking forward to reading future books in the series.
I really loved this book.Indra is an incredibly self controlled and strong young woman.Her struggle to survive as a member of the lowest caste in her dystopian society kept me glued to my kindle.I enjoyed that while their is a love interest the book centers more on the fight to survive in a hellish world.I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I received an arc from the author for an honest and voluntary review
Patricia Finnegan
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riveting fight for survival.

Story of inequality in a post-apocalyptic world. You are born an Outlier, a Fortus or a Sovereign. Indra is an Outlier in service to a Sovereign family. She must keep her head down and endure whatever happens. Never speak unless spoken to And never question?? Is she really worthless or is she stronger than she thinks?
Well written with believable characters. Anxiously waiting for the next book in this series.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was unique and engrossing! It never slowed down. Instead, it drew me in and kept me turning pages! I felt for the main character and cared what happened to her. And I admired her ability to continue on through unimaginable circumstances...surviving the only way she knew how. This book flowed perfectly and is so well written. I highly recommend it!!! I am definitely one-clicking the next book in the series!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided a free copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. I expected another post apocalyptic tale similar to any others. This one is very unexpected, very interesting. It kept my attention to the point I did not want to anything at all but finish listening. It had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions through the entire book. I was fuming mad, I was crying and happy. Narrator was excellent, story was amazing, very glad to have been given the chance to review this. I will
InD'tale Magazine
Kate L. Mary has written an intense dystopian novella which is not only thought-provoking, but touches on many themes.

Read full review in the 2018 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.

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Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. ...more

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