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A Soldier and a Liar

(A Soldier and a Liar #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  62 reviews
In a world on the brink of war, four superpowered teens must learn to work together for peace in Caitlin Lochner's action-packed debut novel, A Soldier and A Liar.

Lai Cathwell is good at keeping secrets. As a Nyte, a supernaturally gifted teenager who is feared and shunned by the ungifted, this skill is essential to survival. Orchestrating her own imprisonment to escape m
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Published February 19th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Four gifted teens will learn the meaning of teamwork in order to prevent a war that could end the world and one of them may be the prophesied to make the ultimate sacrifice…

Caitlin Lochner’s A SOLDIER AND A LIAR is an action-packed tale where coming of age can be deadly for those who are “gifted” with special abilities, expected to save their world, yet are shunned by the normal around them.

Brilliantly colored characters, a plot that shines with imagination and an author who has brought it all t
Samantha Hastings
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hunger Games meets X-Men in this unique and highly addictive read.

In a post apocalyptic world, there are two kinds of people Etiole and Nyte. Etioles are more numerous and run the Council and army. Nytes are gifted. They heal faster and have unique abilities, because of this, they’re forced to join the military at a young age.

Lai is a former soldier who has spent the last 2 years in prison. At least that’s what the Council thinks. In reality, she’s used her telepathic powers to work for and re
B.R. Myers
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a society ruled by the Council, a special force of gifted teens are assembled to fight an emerging underground cell of rebels.

Lai is a former soldier who hides her telepathic ability, using it to her advantage against those she doesn’t trust—practically everyone. When she meets Jay, her new commander, a brilliant yet humble military figure, Lai begins to realize trusting a stranger might be the hardest part of the mission.

Jay exists to bear the weight of his father’s expectations and has nev
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
This book had great characters, but horrifically bad worldbuilding.

It's told in dual first-person perspective by Lorelei 'Lai' Cathwell and Jay Kitahara, a pair of Nytes - meaning people born with special powers. She's a telepath, and he's an empath who can also tell if someone's lying. They're in the army in the service of Etioles, non-gifted people, who vastly outnumber Nytes; the current threat at the moment is rebel Nytes, who want to overthrow the Etioles and end the discrimination face
Kayla TM
This book has potential: a crossover type of world like in The Hunger Games but with people born with abilities that are looked down upon and feared like in the X-Men. I wish the world had been better developed. There are glaring holes of information that could be included to make the world feel more realistic. That said, the thing that bothers me the most is how the military rank system seems to be really relaxed. A corporal can talk back to a major without any repercussions and a sergeant majo ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
It has the found family trope, and it's done pretty well. I loved the way this trope was written!

But overall, this was a slightly interesting story. The premise is great and I love the whole idea with superpowers. It's your typical dystopian with powers and having ungifted humans vs. gifted humans, but it does have its own twists on everything that makes the story worth the read.

It was quite slow for me in the beginning, but I really did enjoy the characters. They get much better thro
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5


A Soldier and a Liar is the first installment in author Caitlin Lochner's duology. In this world, Nytes have special abilities and can function outside the domed sectors of this dystopian world. The Etoiles are what's left of humankind. They make up the majority of the population, but fear the Nytes due to their abilities. One of the key players of this story is First Lieutenant Lorelai (Lai) Cathwell. Lai is a former soldier
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid YA sci fi! I wish the author had handled a gender queer issue better. But I enjoyed the overall premise. I received this book as a free giveaway in exchange for my honest review. Worth reading! 3.5 stars
Tonja Drecker
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the blurb, I knew I had to get my hands on this book, and I was not disappointed.

Lai's world is broken into two sorts of humans, those with powers and those without. Those with powers, the Nytes, are shunned, mistreated and mistrusted. Although Lai, a Nyte who is a telepath, was a top solider in the military of the normal humans, she was thrown into prison thanks to a small crime. She sneaks out and secretly works for the Order, a growing underground society which strives for a pea
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
A YA dystopian that is somewhat like a cross between Divergent and X-Men (hm, not sure if I've seen that said somewhere or if I recently said that about another novel...). A likeable, light & easy to read but not particularly engaging.

A Soldier and a Liar is set sometime in the future where a virus struck and the vulnerable young, if they survived, developed a superpower of some kind. It is a world full of prejudice, between the Nytes (with superpower) and the Etioles (without superpower). It is
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.75 Stars

I may revisit this rating - I listened to the audiobook version and it was difficult for me to focus. But honestly it wasn't anything new - this felt like any x-men comic but set The future? You know I genuinely do not know what the setting was, past the fact that there were sectors. Lai was not super likable, but Jay was a poor broken cinnamon roll and he really sort of saved the book for me.

Like I said, I may just need to reread the physical book and see if
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
It has been so long since I have read a dystopian novel and A Soldier and a Liar was the perfect book to fall back into the genre. Providing a futuristic setting where the world is in disarray and people are fighting to survive, this book provides an outlet for multiple characters to shine brightly in two main perspectives of gifted soldiers: Lai and Jay.

One of my favorite aspects of A Soldier and a Liar is that the world development is articulated and molded so well, which allows the pacing of
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Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Don’t Go Into The (Generic) Light
BFF Charm: Meh x2
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Fine But Forgettable
Bonus Factors: Superhuman Powers
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Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Caitlin Lochner’s debut novel, A SOLDIER AND A LIAR, spins a thrilling story shrouded in suspenseful mystery. Humanity lives in domed cities, sheltered from the toxic, post-apocalyptic world outside. The cities, called Sectors, are governed by High Councils and protected by the military. Strangely and without warning, two decades ago, children with superpowers, or Nytes, began arising in the Sectors. Fearing the capabilities of Nytes the non-superpowered majority, or Etioles, began to establish ...more
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Lia has spent the last two years locked away in prison, but what nobody knows is that she sneaks out at night to help the underground group of Nyte's who long for peace and acceptance in a world that calls them "demons". When the General she use to fight for asks her to come back to the war effort and stop the rebel Nytes, she agrees, mainly as a way to gather more information for her group. Jay just wants to make himself useful and follow ord
Cori McCarthy
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my tbr for soooooo long, and I finally was able to read it, and ended up loving it! It was so hard to put down, and I cannot wait to pick up the last book in the duology! Let’s get into the review!

When I say this book has been on my tbr for a long time, I mean a long time. Probably at least a year, and I regret not reading it sooner! It was a very entertaining read, and it truly does hook you from the very beginning. This book was told from two point of views, and I really
T.H. Hernandez
I wasn’t sure what to make of A SOLDIER AND A LIAR at first. It starts off slow and the characters are difficult to relate to, but I’m glad I stuck it out. The story and character development really picks up at about the 50% mark and takes off after that. Lai Cathwell is 17-year-old superpowered soldier. She and fellow young adults, Al (Johann), Erik (Mendel), and Jay (Kitahara) form an unlikely team of enhanced humans known as Nytes, on a mission to take out an elite squad of rebel Nytes determ ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Lai decides to leave prison and rejoin the military, she doesn't know she's going to be part of a small task force consisting of Nytes. Nytes have a special ability and can function outside the domed sectors of this dystopian world. The Etoiles (French for "stars") are what's left of humankind, make up the majority of the population, and fear the Nytes due to their abilities. Lai is paired up with Jay, Al, and Erick to assist the military in secret missions against the Rebels--the Nytes who ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads, sci-fi
A book that has all the elements for a fast paced, sci fi adventure but ended up falling flat.

“A Solider and a Liar” follows Lai, a gifted telepath who went to prison to escape the military and Jay an officer looking to bring her back for a mission to eliminate rebel threats with a team of other gifted soldiers, but as secrets are revealed and old friends come back with a hunger for violence Lai must decide which team she wants to fight for.

There were so many moments in this book where I thoug
Lai Cathwell has the ability to read the thoughts of others, a gift that comes in handy in everyday life but also in the many conflicts that face her. After she is recruited for a special mission by an old acquaintance, she must use her abilities to pull this most unlikely team together. As they train together, the four members of the team grow closer in some ways while also continuing to hold tightly to some of their secrets. In many ways, the book brought to mind Kristin Cashore's Graceling se ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, military, powers
A Soldier and a Liar takes place in a war-torn world that is ruled by the etioles, those without powers. They view the nytes , those with powers, with suspicion and hostility and force them to work as soldiers when found. The nytes are fewer in numbers and only started to appear a couple of decades ago, therefore the oldest of them are only around twenty years old.

The book follows two perspectives, Lai and Jay. Lai is a nyte and former soldiers who is currently locked up in prison. But her
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: A Soldier and a Liar
Author: Caitlin Lochner
Genre: YA, fantasy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Lai is a Nyte, a supernaturally gifted teenager with abilities that frighten the Etioles without abilities—but with numbers and power on their side. Lai is in prison: by her own choice and for her own reasons. Going back to the military is not what she had in mind, but when a chance to join a special team of Nytes comes her way, she decides that it might suit her own agenda perfectly, if she keeps the truth o
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
**3.5/4 Stars**

A Soldier and a Liar was a unique and action-packed story with a mixture of sci-fi and dystopia. Each character held depth and felt fully realized, standing within this world on their own two feet with a purpose. There was such an instinctual relatability with Lai’s character—even with her gifts—with how any reader could understand her wants and struggles in her divided nation. And seeing the dynamic of her and her unlikely crew being forced to work together became the best pa
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Dystopian fiction continues to be my favorite genre. I wonder when I'm going to get to the point where I've "read it all." I haven't yet. This novel is about a futuristic world where humans are either "Nytes" or "Etioles." While the Nytes have super powers that make them valuable to the military, but they are not the ones in power. Instead, the Etioles are the dominant group within the society. The military decides for the first time to create a special, Nyte-only unit. The Nytes involved, Lai, ...more
Stephanie Moore
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I am a sucker for people with special powers, especially when it involves them living amongst people without powers. The drama and politics inherent in this dynamic was well done in the case.

In this book, I really liked the individual characters and how they all struggled to deal with their pasts and how to get along with each other all while being ordered around by the military who would evidently rather see them dead.

The story itself was
Denise Rolfes
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy dystopian novels, this is the book for you. If you read a lot of dystopian novels, you will notice some similarities between the Hunger Games (sectors vs. districts) and Divergent (Nytes vs. Divergents) and A Soldier and A Liar, but the book has enough of its own story that you won't feel you are rereading the same story.

The story is told mostly from Lai's point of view, but you also get some of the story from Jay. Both characters are Nytes, people with unique gifts, that have been
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Really reminded me of Shatter me - it has the same combination of a young female MC with a "gift" in a ruined world, fighting for making the world a better place. It even had Sectors. Which is just so Hunger Games.

I did prefer Mafi and her poetic language, plus Juliette went from a "rabbit" to a... dragon =D. This one was already a fighter that only turned softer and didn't start from an insane asylum but a prison. Which she entered willingly.

And Mind Reading was a good choice. Because people m
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
Received from Xpresso Book Tours

A Soldier and a Liar is such a good story, one of those books that you have to read in one sitting. The structure, the setting, the characters, all amazing. :)

Different points of views really work in the story. It was so interesting to see Lai's point of view, on one hand, to see how she sees a world and then, on the other hand, to see how the world perceives her.

The magical system is well thought out and very intriguing. I loved all the different superpower and
Crossroads Library
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review is posted on both the Crossroads Public Library goodreads and my personal account.

Actual Rating: 3.75 Stars

I may revisit this rating - I listened to the audiobook version and it was difficult for me to focus. But honestly it wasn't anything new - this felt like any x-men comic but set The future? You know I genuinely do not know what the setting was, past the fact that there were sectors. Lai was not super likable, but Jay was a poor broken cinnamon roll and he really sor
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I recieved an ARC from a goodreads giveaway. This started out great. The characters were jumping off the page and the pacing was perfect. Then the story hit a snag somewhere and things slowed down and started to drag a bit. I felt like some of the plot felt more formulaic than original, and I think that's where I struggled with this story. I felt like I had read it before. All in all it was good and if it gets a sequel I will read it. ...more
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