The Outs by E.S. Wesley
Author: E.S. Wesley
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Caleb’s been changing ever since the memory-stealing blackouts—the Outs—started. He used to be a good, dependable, honor-student, but now his parents have vanished, and something inside tells him their disappearance is his fault.
That something has a voice—a voice that’s pushed him to kidnap a little girl. Caleb believes he did it to protect her, but now he’s starting to wonder if he’s the one she needs protection from.
Then there’s his friend, Kitzi. Kitzi knows a secret she can’t share, locked in her head behind layers of brain damage. Kitzi wants to help Caleb, but she suspects a connection between this little girl and the Outs. If she can survive Caleb’s mistakes and the strange girl’s reality-bending fits long enough to put the pieces together, her secret might save them.
Or it could mean the end of everything.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: A world full of darkness, death that doesn’t come during the “Outs”, memories erased at the end of it all… A sensational read ’til the end!
Caleb struggles with finding the truth about who he has become, forgetting everything right after the Outs blackout. He knows he has kidnapped a girl named Amanda, but for what reason? What is the purpose of it? Was he meant to kill her or save her? In all of this, Kitzi believes Caleb is good and has a viable reason for doing so, she cannot fathom that he would hurt an innocent child. Amanda is more than any of them ever expected, a force to be reckoned with, but where did she come from and why is she at the center of it all?
“But for a kid who’d just been abducted from her home, she was surprisingly calm. Not the ‘shocked’ kind of calm, either. Her grunts and noises came with a purpose, like demands. She’s the one he needs, the voice whispered. She’s the one he’s always needed. Caleb shook off the voice in his head. He wasn’t going crazy.”
In this world we are shown that the laws of physics are non-existent and that the supernatural has invaded everything around them. Things that go bump in the night are ever present and the voices within their minds are not just figments of their imaginations but something far more sinister. Kitzi, who is different from all the rest, can remember the Outs along with other talents no one would believe.
“She wondered if the world would ever get used to this. It had been almost a year since the Outs started, and still no one had an explanation for why the power went out for hours every day, or why no one could remember what happened in the meantime. She watched the news all the time, hoping someone else would come forward saying they remembered so she wouldn’t feel so alone. But it never happened. She was alone.”
Kitzi and Caleb will not go down without a fight. Even though Kitzi has aphasia (a form of brain damage) and Caleb’s body and mind turn on him habitually, they do not let these things define them. They find strength in each other and comfort in knowing that they are not alone in searching for the truth. Kitzi’s mother also holds a secret of her own, and she sees that her life is more intertwined with what’s going on around them then she ever imagined.
“Deeds gaze lingered on Kitzi. ‘What are you? What makes you special?’ He reached out to touch her.
No. He couldn’t touch her. Caleb wouldn’t let him. A tide rose within him, carrying him forward. It filled his chest, cleared his mind, and burst from his mouth in a shout. ‘Leave her alone!’ And it was Caleb. His voice, his words, forced past whatever barrier Crimes had put him behind.
Deeds furrowed his brow.
What the hell? Crimes’ voice, back in Caleb’s head where it belonged. How did you do that?
The Outs is an intriguingly captivating, page turner ’til the very end. It’s filled with mysticism and supernatural facets which will keep your spine tingling and your heart pounding. E.S. Weasley has written it in such a way that you must keep reading in order to make sense of it all, immersing the reader within the pages even more.
***I received an ARC of this title via Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***