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The Outlands

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In the ruins of the world that was lies the city of Dios, a haven protected from the hostile environment known as The Outlands. Ruled by an oppressive Patriarch, the people of Dios are conditioned in fear. The smallest infraction could result in banishment to the Outlands, a fate worse than death.

With his make-shift family of “Undesirables”, Jett Lasting struggles to find
Paperback, 452 pages
Published December 14th 2020 by iFlow Creative
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Tyler Edwards I am so glad you like it. I have a whole sort of dictionary of replacement words/ideas to make sure I keep them straight. For HEAPED I had in mind the…moreI am so glad you like it. I have a whole sort of dictionary of replacement words/ideas to make sure I keep them straight. For HEAPED I had in mind the idea of "thick and thin" Being heaped means in trouble or hosed or something of that sort because your problems are piling up around you as if in a great heap. I hope that clears it up some. (less)

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Tyler Edwards
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Hey guys,

The more I thought about some of the feedback I received I decided I didnt want to wait for book 2 to make some of these changes. I did a revision adding 17,000 words to the story to make the following changes:

1. All the female characters got bigger roles. Becka most of all became a much larger character and a big sister to Jett. She also provides insight into the religious beliefs of Dios as a former Potter (like a priestly occupation) who was branded as a heretic and expelled from the
Betsy Harlo
The world is broken. Survivors live in cities protected by great walls and a dome. The government is controlling and oppressive. Everyone has an assigned role and place. Unless you are an 'undesirable'. Treated like a disease undesirables must struggle for everything. They are mis-fits without a place to belong. Right away the theme of this story resonated with me. Who of us hasnt' felt that way? This created an immediate bond between me and the main characters: a group of undesirables who becam ...more
Samuel Jones
I love this book! If you enjoy dystopian stories, some light science-fiction, plot twists, adventure, action, stories about friendship, good writing, amazing characters, a rich world you can get lost in, or a book that poses so many interesting questions about human nature, and what makes us who we are, then this is a book for you.

If you like shallow characters, forced drama, teen angst-filled romance, puppies being sad, or food poisoning, you may not like this book. If you are not into those t
Vickie Vance
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Using rich characterization to draw us into the world of the Undesirable and the varied other classes with which they compete, causes the reader to immediately choose sides. If you savor richly detailed post apocalyptic worlds trying to forge their way, you’re in for a treat. This series debut is a page-turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments. The twists and turns of the story will leave you tired and breathless. Mr. Edwards has built a very imaginative and f ...more
Larry Sconell
This book was a pleasant surprise. I'd never heard of the author before. I got it on a whim when I was looking for a new book fix. Honestly, this is a series I think has some serious potential. There's definitely a lot of world here to unpack and I hope to see more of it. My biggest frustration is that I didn't realize I was grabbing the first book in a series where the others aren't written yet (I like to wait until a series is 5-6 books in, or finished before starting it so I don't have to wai ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it

I must say I’m not usually the biggest fan of dystopia so I might not be the best person to review this. However, this one was quite interesting and enjoyable so I’m glad I picked it up!

This is a dystopian story about a boy named Jett and his group of outcast friends called “Undesirables”. Because of their unfortunate upbringing and social status they are treated like trash by the society and the leaders. They must steal to survive but it’s a dangerous gam
Adah Udechukwu
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Outlands was well written and it was interesting
Joseph Biltner
This book should totally become a movie or even better, a tv show where you can spend more time unpacking the story. There are so many things I loved about this book. My biggest complaint is that I want to know more. I wish it had another 40-50 pages to unpack more stuff. Tell me more about the "diety" in this world. Tell me more about the government and its power structure. Give me more of the Middling Days. Give me more about the side characters. The book starts off right in the action but the ...more
Jerry Khurns
I'll admit I am not the biggest fan of dystopian stories. I love science fiction so I'm not really sure why dystopias have been so off-putting to me. Maybe it's that most of the stories get so focused on teenage drama that the characters start seeming ridiculous. This book did not have that problem. Friend recommended it. I decided to give it a shot. I was thrilled. I may even have to give more dystopian stories a try. ...more
Kevin Donaldson
Jett Lasting is an undesirable living in one of the last surviving cities on the planet. Life isn't easy for undesirables, who are expected to remain in the disease-infested slums on the outskirts of the city. Jett isn't alone, he has a group of misfit friends who are like family to him. They work together to survive in a world that really doesn't want them. Frustrated with his place in the world but what can he do? The Patriarch (governing authority of the city) is cruel and supremely powerful. ...more
Reggie Whitehead
My favorite thing about this book is that it feels authentic. The world is so well developed and even the little details have been thought through. Even the use of word replacement. Instead of saying: you a future where most of the world is a barren wasteland, they say "you lagged" I really appreciate that attention to detail. The pace of the book is fast. Even if you're a slow reader, like me, it keeps you sucked in with lots of action and really intense moments. The relationships be ...more
Vicki Edwards
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In The Outlands we see the world through the young, quirky thoughts of Jett Lasting. What’s left of “the world that was” includes five domed cities and a wasteland of unspoken terrors between.
Author Tyler Edwards has created a group of characters that probably wouldn’t have tolerated each other-had they had other options. But in a world that calls them worthless, the sole factor that they need to pool their questionable abilities to survive makes them a family of sorts.

“It’s strange how silly li
Georgia Husselbee
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

The Outlands is a book that throws you straight into the action. Set in a post-apocalyptic world divided by class, Jett is the lowest of the low, living in an abandoned house with his make-shift family. The world Edwards had created is very intriguing and reminded me of the dystopian worlds in The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent. The Outlands is constantly lurking in the background as a threat and punishm
Jay Tensiu
A gripping tale of friendship and struggle set against the background of a vivid dystopian city ruled by a loathsome group called the Patriarch. Man, you hate the villains. You love the heroes. You want more. Each little layer that pulls back reveals a deeper and richer world to explore. If you are looking for something to really get lost in, this is the book for you. After reading it, I want to spend a lot more time with this genre. I was surprised by how captivated I was once I got going. This ...more
J.J Taylor
Opens with a lot of world building. Felt a little heavy at first but after the second chapter, I appreciated having a real sense of the world of Dios. A lot of books throw you into a world and it takes most of the book to even get a sense for what the world is like. That leaves me confused for a lot of the story, so I ended up really appreciating laying a lot of it out up front. Loved the characters. Each one felt well thought out and richly developed. Though many of them are relatively small an ...more
Thomas Critelli
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It was the quickest book I’ve finished in a very long time! The story was written very well with surprises and events that were not expected. Which makes it very exciting! I’m ready for book 2 to be released 👍🏼
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.*

Great beginning to an amazing series!

Set in a dystopian world, the story revolves around Jett and his group of friends joining a rebellion to overthrow their corrupt government known as The Patriarch. The Outlands, a place with harsh conditions, is a constant threat used to manipulate and control the masses. The book focuses on the fight against a tyrannical rule among other things.

The description of the book was intriguing
K Saju
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Dystopian Science Fiction, shows good promise.
Paul Rameeni
The pacing starts slow as the author pours out so much information about the world of Dios. It's really interesting. It's well thought out. The world was vivid and creative. I found myself able to picture and wanting to know more as it is truly a fascinating world with layers of religion, philosophy, sociology, and some fascinating speculation into the nature of humanity. I do wish this had been better balanced, as the upfront information is a lot to take. I did enjoy it but wish it had been spr ...more
E.B. Roshan
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
In "The Outlands," the first book in what is meant to be a series of Dystopian Adventure stories, we meet Jett, a young man who lost his parents as a child, and a group of other young people, all dubbed "Undesirables" by the authorities. While the story is action-packed and moves quickly, it also contains quite a bit of background information and explanation of how the new, post-Apocalyptic society works, particularly all the unpleasant aspects of the system of government known as "The Patriarch ...more
B.T. Keaton
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The domed city of Dios is one of the supposed last five remaining cities on Earth in this action-packed dystopian debut from Tyler Edwards. The premise is reminiscent of similar franchises (a crossover of Hunger Games and the movie Equilibrium came to mind) but it is the world-building and characterization that sets Edwards' work apart. The protagonist Jett Lasting has an origin tale that recalls a certain Gotham City billionaire, and it is through his eyes that we see a holy city on the edge of ...more
L.J. Kerry
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
** I was given free copy in exchange for an honest review. **

There's a lot to unpack here with this book. Some parts of the book were written extremely well, and those sections is what really earned this book the four star rating—these sections of the book instantly drew me in, had my heart racing, and wondering what other dangers would be around the corner. I loved the character dynamic with Jett and his friends, loved the world building and would have liked to see more of it, loved this
Henry Drugel
Story: 10/10
This was a gripping, suck you in, hold your attention, stay up all night because you can't put it down kind of story.

MC: 9/10
Jett Lasting is a snarky thief with a traumatic childhood who has a relentless drive to see the world change from the mess that it is. He is smart but impulsive but he tries to do what he thinks is right.

Side-Characters: 8/10
As a 1st person story, one of the bigger challenges is developing other characters. The Outlands does that really well. I felt weirdly
Scott Shjefte
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What happens to someone who stands out in a world that embraces conformity? Eighteen-year-old Jett Lasting is an Undesirable, an outcast in a society that is built upon castes. Banding together with a group of misfits like him, Jett spends each day in a struggle to survive and avoid being noticed by the Red Caps and Levites who protect the city in the name of the Patriarch. As Jett watches the injustices taking place around him, he begins to wonder if thieving to survive is enough. Through a ser ...more
Faeeja Humaira Meem
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was kindly sent a digital copy of this Dystopian novel, The Outlands, by the author Tyler Edwards, and I am sincerely grateful.

I am a huge fan of dystopian novels and I tend to pick books of that genre more often than not, but receiving a review copy that exactly matches my reading taste can be rare, and this book passed that test. The Outlands is about a boy named Jett Lasting, a snarky thief, and his group of outcast friends called “Undesirables,” who are treated like trash by the society an
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Hope is a powerful thing. But be mindful. It’s only as good as the object you place in it.”

I’m a big fan of dystopian, and I feel the author set up this world well. You live in a world where your standing is everything, and sometimes you have no standing. Either you blend in, or you’re ousted. It’s a daily fight to survive for those who don’t have a proper place in society. They are getting by on mere scraps when others have more than enough.

All the characters and their personalities come to li
Zachy C
In this wonderfully gripping story about a group of friends struggling to survive a post-apocalyptic future, we met Jett Lasting. Jett is a young "undesirable" who lives in the domed city of Dios. But for Jett and his friends what was meant to be a safe haven has become more like a prison. When Jett inadvertently gets drawn into the middle of a conflict between the tyrannical and somewhat sadistic Patriarch and an equally troubling rebel leader, his choices will have lasting effects on the futur ...more
Sue Alba
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is interesting. I love the characters. It would be wonderful if you will write some more. Also, there is a competition happening this April on the NovelStar app, I hope you can consider joining.
If you have more stories like this, you can also publish them there 🙂
Amie Jimenez
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So, it is for that reason I give it five stars. So many times I wanted to just put it down and cut my losses, but I just couldn't. So I kept reading and getting sucked deeper and deeper. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to or ...more
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Tyler has loved writing and storytelling since he was old enough to scribble ideas down on a notepad in class. Whether it is crafting ideas on the world, sharing beliefs, or imagining other worlds entirely, Tyler is passionate about the power of words and stories to change lives. He writes both fiction and non-fiction and has published books in both.


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