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The Outcasts by John Flanagan
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Dec 28, 2011

it was amazing

** spoiler alert ** This is the type of book that makes you happy as you're reading it. It is a tale of adventure, courage, and brotherhood. The outcasts in the Skandian society band together and form an inseparable group based on shared experiences and because of the fact that they're all outcasts. They make mistakes, but eventually realize the need for forgiveness. They don't get carried away with winning so much that they don't help out a fellow brotherband when they're in need. And they use all of their talents to the best of their abilities, without letting pride or anger cloud their judgment.

Then comes the whopper, at the end. (spoiler alert:) The Herons win the brotherband training, and they are rewarded with a night spend guarding the Skandian's most prized treasure. They biff it, due to various mistakes and accidents, and soon they are even more deserving of the title "outcast" than before. They lose a lot that they care about, but they know they deserve everything they got and more. It ends with a tragedy, but even in tragedy they hold together and decide to find, and take back, the treasure that they were supposed to guard. And this is where the second book comes in - the Invaders, coming May 2012.

The author really did a great job mixing elements of victory and tragedy at the end. Even when it seems the outcasts will be hated for the rest of their lives for losing the Skandian's greatest treasure, they strike on the only possible solution: to right the wrong that they did by retrieving the treasure they lost.
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