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A Touch of Death

(The Outlands Pentalogy #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  66 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 ...more
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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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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
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 kings favorite. Years later, he ...more
Cori McCarthy
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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 Crundens 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 ...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 ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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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
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
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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, we
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 cant wait to read the next one in this series.

The characterization is the backbone of any dystopian novel and thankfully, this book had not
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
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.
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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Sorry I havent posted a review in quite a while! Im really glad I read this novel, and that I started reviewing books many havent 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 wouldve earned a 5/5 would have to be the plot! It was fantasy mixed with a bit of post-apocalyptic
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 ...more
Catherine Rae
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
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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 be
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, Nates younger brother Thoms companion has always led a sheltered life. She resents the closeness between the brothers and holds Nate responsible for Thoms unhappiness. An unfortunate incident brings Nate and Catherine together and a subsequent fatal infection forces them to flee the city of Anais to Outlands, a ...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.
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.
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 regimes 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
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
Jenna Ellis
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. Was refreshing to have characters in a fiction book that actually seem really real! They cry, they curse, they have complex emotions so much more than just angry, sad and happy. You're really taken on a wirlwind journey with them and absolutely fall in love with the role of each character. Even the evil ones. It's full of adventure and I can't wait to read the next one.
Laura Töyrylä
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a book that kept me at the edge of my seat and eager to find out more and more that happens, the further the book went along. Though I was hoping for a different type of an ending to it, I'm excited to get my hands on the next part in the pentalogy as soon as possible, and not just for the plot but for Rebecca's captivating way of writing as well.
Charlie Boland
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic world- building and great character development. I was enthralled from the very start. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
3.5 Stars!

Great start to this series. There were a couple of issues with this book, but all in all, a very exciting ride. I look forward to seeing where it will go next.

Full review to come!
Feed The Crime
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I really enjoyed this book, the first thing that made me want to read this is that it is sci-fi/dystopian, I really struggle to find dystopians that really satisfy me, this definitely didnt disappoint! Catherine cant stand her betrotheds older brother Nate yet they somehow end up on this crazy ride having to rely on each other. I really enjoyed the development of them both throughout their ordeal, one who has lived a very comfortable life and the other who has been a prisoner in the extremely ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The excellent world building was the first thing that struck me with this book. Ms. Crunden has constructed a very believable future dystopian Earth, ruled from the opulent Kingdom of Cutta. I did wonder which parts of current day Earth were the places named in the book, purely out of curiosity. The descriptions of each location, the transport methods, technology, the people and the history were all vivid and intriguing, especially the question of what history was purged by the previous King.

Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
I really like this book, and I feel the strength of it lies with Catherine. Shes such an interesting character. At the beginning, shes totally bought into the system of the world shes lived in. She believes the king is just, the laws are fair, and that dissenters are insane to question the way things are. The book is her journey from pampered princess to understanding that there is something seriously wrong with their society. She starts out strong, too. Shes headstrong and determined and ...more
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