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A Touch of Death

(The Outlands Pentalogy #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of t ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published (first published February 23rd 2017)
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Wow this was a real rollercoaster of a ride and I cannot wait to find out what happens to Nate and Kitty.

Review to follow tomorrow but a solid 4 ⭐️

Well it was indeed a very solid 4 stars, a great story line that grabbed my attention more and more as I moved through the book. As post apocalypse novels go it was well formulated and utterly believable. I enjoyed the dictatorial world view with "royal" families and other privileged individuals vs the poverty and hunger of the general populace.
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Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
I think I will be devouring this series in the same way I did Lindsay Buroker and Pippa DaCosta's work.

I've always had a soft spot for a misunderstood bad boy who fights for what is right, so Nate was everything I could want in a hero. Kitty was the perfect foil to him, their personalities and strengths helping them battle the trials littering the pathway. I found myself sucked into the story, the author's prose exactly to my liking, not to verbose or flowery but with world building and detaili
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I enjoyed this book, dystopias are a favorite genre of mine and I really liked the opener for this book, it caught my attention and kept me wanting to continue reading. I do wish there could have been a bit more worldbuilding, perhaps a map, to help the reader visualize the world better.

The story itself was also pretty interesting, but it ended pretty abruptly. I was a little confused at first, wondering why the author might go for a bit of a fatalistic ending (it's not a cliffhanger, don't worr
Amanda Hupe
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
It is the last weekend of February and I am ending the month with A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden. This novel begins a thousand years in the future. The world has collapsed but a kingdom has been established. There is only one language, one religion, and the king is the center of it all. However, the kingdom is split into the wealthy and the poor. Nate Anteros speaks out against the king and is sentenced to death. He is in luck because he is the son of the king’s favorite. Years later, he re ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dystopias are undoubtedly a genre I truly appreciate as I believe they are the key to being novels of warning, showing a bleak and negative prospect of the future.

As far as dystopias go, this was excellent! I truly enjoyed the premise of the novel and found the theme of a post apocalyptic society to be very effective!

There was a very clear and well developed relationship between Catherine and Nate and I believe the author has done an incredible job of creating this character development. I real
Cori McCarthy
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I would like to start off this review by thanking Rebecca Crunden for sending me this book for review, because I enjoyed it so much! Okay, I usually don't read books this fast, but I was honestly hooked from page one! I would try to put it down and maybe watch some Netflix or try to clean up around the house, but my mind would wander back to the book and I would find myself reading it again!

The story line of the book would have to be my favorite part. It was unique and personally, I have never r
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Sorry I haven’t posted a review in quite a while! I’m really glad I read this novel, and that I started reviewing books many haven’t heard of. Helping other writers to become more well known (even if it takes baby steps to get there) will always be a joy I have in reviewing.

It was really hard to come up with a reasonable star rating for this one. For me it was a 4 leaning on a 4.5, but for me what would’ve earned a 5/5 would have to be the plot! It was fantasy mixed with a bit of post-apocalypt
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The last of humanity lives under a brutal monarchy where the lines are firmly drawn between the favored rich and struggling poor. Welcome to Rebecca Crunden’s A TOUCH OF DEATH, a tale told of the distant future, of what humanity has become and how an unusual disease levels the playing field for two people from divergent backgrounds, making them uneasy allies in a fight for survival, all because of one wrong move. Catherine must give up her sheltered life as he escapes with Nate into a world outs ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crunden's debut novel comes with many interesting twists and turns while drawing on a variety of elements of the dystopian genre, which makes it effortless and exciting for its fans to delve right into this world. Descriptions of the characters' circumstances are vivid and detailed, creating a convincing picture of their plight. The protagonist, Catherine Taenia, from whose point of view the story is told, is someone you instantly like and respect for her tenacity, for her willingness to questio ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

A Touch of Death combines elements of dystopia, sci-fi, a few post-apocalyptic vibes, and a touch of romance thrown in, all of which result in an unpredictable adventure following a few characters on a journey to not only save their lives, but to find some answers about the world they inhabit.

This story takes place in a world that seems similar to our own, but that is much more dystopian in style and lives under the rule of a rather brutal monarchic
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
I got this book from the author in return for an honest review.

It is Rebecca Crunden's debut novel. When she asked me to review it, the description was enough to convince me. Dystopian? Why not.

Though my life was going crazy, I tried to read it a couple of times but due to lack of focus/mood/reading block...It took me a month to finish it. My review can be kinda biased due to my mood.

We all know dystopian are kinda same, you don't have enough ground to play around. But Rebecca successfully added
Angela Cuéllar
pooled ink Reviews:
Thank you to the author for submitting this book for review!

To me the cover is rather underwhelming which is a shame because it hides the elaborate story within! This post-apocalyptic story is just the beginning and it was both exactly as described yet nothing that I expected. The plot is a gritty rollercoaster of a ride that walks with steady steps keenly aware of consequences yet unfaltering in its journey. Utterly intriguing and rippling with lots of twists and turns, w
Heena Rathore P.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Touch Of Death by Rebecca Crunden marks a really promising start to The Outlands Pentalogy series. This book has everything that can be expected of a good dystopian story – detailed and extensive world-building, believable characters, intriguing plotline, engaging twists and turns, even pace and oscillating tension. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and can’t wait to read the next one in this series.

The characterization is the backbone of any dystopian novel and thankfully, this book had not o
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
This is a book I've been looking forward to for a long time, and now that I've finished it I'm happy to say that I'm not disappointed!

A Touch of Death has so many of the things I'm looking for in a good book:
- An intriguing, dystopian universe that I love learning more about throughout the book.
- Great characters that I find myself caring about from the start.
- Intriguing relationships, especially between the brothers Nate and Thom.
- Beautiful, descriptive style of writing that sucked me in from
Catherine Rae
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
Read my full review at

All in all, I was very impressed with ‘A Touch of Death’. I always find it really impressive when a new author sends through a novel of this quality. It is absolutely at the level of much published YA fiction. The series has bags of potential.

I hope that as the pentalogy progresses, we get to see much more of Cutta and the surrounding world, and get to know a wider cast of characters. With that in the bag, this series could easily b
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read this kind of book, I am usually more into hard science fiction however I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story was compelling and I was very impressed with the world building. Without too much exposition, the author was able to paint a society that had seen better days and that was in some respects a scary possibility of our future. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to start a new series that will keep them up late turning the page, as I was. I will ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After eagerly waiting to get my hands on a copy, I am happy to say that this debut from Rebecca was exactly what I was hoping for. The universe she has created was so interesting that I was immediately sucked in. I loved her use of detail as it made everything seem more real and the relationship between Catherine and Nate was awesome to see. Going from people who generally can't stand each other to having feelings is one of my favorite tropes! I can't wait to read the sequel.
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020, 4-star, dystopia
Thank you to the author Rebecca Crunden for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

A while ago Rebecca Crunden asked me to review her book. While I wasn't initially sold there was something that did make me accept to review the book, and I am very glad I did.

A Touch of Death is the first book in a 5 part dystopian series, set a good thousand years in our future. It is not the world we know. There is the kingdom where most of the people live an
Steph Warren
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

A Touch of Death is a dystopian sci-fi romance adventure, so a bit of something for most readers!

I wasn’t sure quite what was going on at the beginning of the story, as we started with a prison guard watching a battered man arrive to be tortured, then suddenly skip to said battered man trekking through the wilderness with a very grumpy female companion, having apparently broken out
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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DISCLAIMER : I received an ARC of this book from the author Rebecca Crunden in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Rebecca, for sending me the review copy of this book.

A touch of death is an amazing start to The Outlands Pentalogy series. The story takes place in the Kindom of Cutta, under the ruling of King Franklin unified 10 countries after the Last War between the Humans and Mutants. The world is in shambles, diseases are ra
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy

The story begins when Nate returns back to Anais, the Capital city of Cutta where the rich live. Nate was a privileged kid with rich parents but that was something he never asked for. What he desperately wanted was freedom from the King and his tyranny. He has been rebelling for years with rebel groups and after being caught and sent to the prison he comes back a different person yet with the same beliefs which he had before. He wants nothing to do with King and his Council but he has something
Tavleen Kaur
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
4.5 stars

A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel set a thousand years in the future. After the Devastation, a highly dictatorial kingdom has been set up. It is a very barbaric regime where crimes are punished by either execution or torture. The citizens do not have any control over their lives. They are assigned a life-partner or “Complement” from a very young age. Protesting against the king’s rule is not taken lightly.

The protagonists are Nate and Catherine. N
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me with several positive and interesting aspects. To begin with, the world building has a lot of potential. As I read along, many, many questions popped into my head. What exactly happened to Earth? How did people and animals live beneath the ground for so much time? How are the animals, plants, etc. that stayed above ground changed? Are there still people living underground somewhere? The basic concept of the world is very interesting, and I wanted to know everything about t ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nate Anteros, resident of Anais, the wealthiest city of Cutta is spared from the gallows after openly rebelling against the Kingdome owning to his affluent family ties. Catherine Taenia, Nate’s younger brother Thom’s companion has always led a sheltered life. She resents the closeness between the brothers and holds Nate responsible for Thom’s unhappiness. An unfortunate incident brings Nate and Catherine together and a subsequent fatal infection forces them to flee the city of Anais to Outlands, ...more
Jessica O'Toole
OK. It has been a fairly long time since I read a book that sucked me in quite so much. Even one of my all-time favourites Facial Justice needed a second read for me to realise how it had crept into my mind. I think mostly it's due to the fact that so many dystopic novels nowadays are written for YA audiences and never quite deliver.

Overall, it's a fairly simple tale of two characters in a bit of trouble, and the rollercoaster of shit that follows. Some reviewers on here have noted it's wordy. I
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

This is the first book in a great series called The Outland Pentalogy. I was so impressed with the story and the characters that I immediately bought the other three books. I hope that book 5 will be coming soon.

This story takes place on Earth hundreds or maybe thousands of years in the future. The reason for the uncertain date is that history has been hidden from the survivors. Of course, life on Earth was destroyed by radiation and plague and the only survivors lived underground.
Hastha Chand
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"A Touch Of Death" is the first book in the Outlands Pentalogy by Rebecca Crunden. This book is the perfect blend of dystopian and sci-fi. Nate Anteros and Catherine aka Kitty are the main protagonists. The story was set in the place "Cutta" ruled by the terrifying Crown and the Council kingdom under King "Markas".

Any crime was chastised only by execution or brutal torture. Nobody was allowed to break any of the King's law, that mainly includes being complemented with a life partner at a very y
Nora Grace ♌️
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lost-interest
**2/5 stars**
DNF at page 56.

I tend to give books at least 50 pages before I put them down, but 50 felt generous for this one. What turned me off very quickly was my instantaneous state of confusion. The vagueness of the world of A Touch of Death was quite off-putting. Within 50 pages the reader should receive demonstration of an evil regime’s evilness other than whipping prisoners, especially if subverting said evil regime is the core the novel. We should also receive important information about
April Wood
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catherine lives a life of privilege, unlike other residents of the Kingdom who are plagued by famine and disease. Her father's money has ensured her well-being, but when tragedy strikes, Catherine learns there are some things money can't buy. Thrust together with her polar opposite, Nate, they flee to the Outlands, picking up unexpected allies along the way. Unfortunately, they are headed straight for trouble. 

In this tightly-plotted, dystopian speculative fiction novel by the talented Rebecca C
Judi Easley
Disclaimer: I purchased this book at a reduced price on Amazon. This is my honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:
This is not my typical read. I like fun books. There was nothing fun about this. This was dark and scary. Even though Kitty had done nothing wrong, she was being hunted the same as the released criminal she was with. Nate was trying to save her after his brother was gone. Thom was the
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