Two reviews in one day?! Hell must have frozen over. Well, I promise, this is a good review.
I was just fumbling around on my Goodreads page today and was looking through my “to-read” list and stopped incredibly short when I saw that I had added the book Outcast to that list!
So most of you will look at that title and be like, “What’s Outcast?” but a special, lucky few of you will go:
That’s right. I’m talking about The Corporation series by Raelynn Fry, a brilliant independent author and absolutely an inspiration to all aspiring writers out there. The first book in the series is called Caste, and for the life of me I don’t know why I haven’t reviewed it until now. But as I was scrolling through pages and pages of “to-reads,” I saw that I had tagged Outcast and went: “Oh my freaking gosh that’s coming out soon?! I FORGOT.” But it’s okay now because I remember and all is right in the world again, except that I never posted anything about Caste, and it totally deserves a shout.
So, without further prattle:
Caste follows the storyline of a young girl named Karis Singh who is living in this new society. Everyone has a mark tattooed onto their arms that gives them their identities. There is a sickness that is sweeping through the society and so far, it’s got a pretty good record of getting people dead. When Karis’ brother comes down with the sickness, she’ll do anything it takes to make him whole again because her father can’t go through losing another family member.
There’s only one problem: she can’t go where she needs to go with the mark she has. She’ll have to get it altered by an artist in the Black Market, which is extremely dangerous. Right from the very start, we see a horrific example of what happens to someone when they get their mark altered incorrectly, and we also learn that things
in the little city of Neech (where Karis lives) are not always as they seem …
Karis, of course, chooses to risk everything to save her brother. She goes down into the Black Market, where she comes in contact with a boy she met earlier ― Ethan. It’d be a spoiler if I told you how they meet and everything so I’m not going to! Just know this: Karis gets her mark changed.
For Karis, it’s now a race against time, not only because it’s something her brother is running out of, but it’s something she’s short on too! She’ll have to trust Ethan, a boy she hardly knows, and hope that she has everything under control.
Wow. I don’t even really know where to start with this book. Ummm, it’s fantastic?
Literally, this was probably my inspiration for really writing books. It was the first time I really saw an indie writer’s success and thought, “Dang! I can do that!” It was also the first stepping stone that got the screenplay I wrote started ― and that screenplay is now being turned into a movie!
Caste was an excellent read. All the characters were well developed, it was an incredibly genius story, and it has you locked in the entire way! The writing is just as professional and everything was very easy to understand. But at the same time, there are some twists in the book that you’re just like:
The plot was just brilliant. I love the concepts used in this book and the caste systems discussed. Absolutely a phenomenal read and I CANNOT WAIT for Book 2 to be here! Ever since I read Caste, I’ve been scouring the web for any mention of the next book. I can hardly believe I forgot to review the first book in The Corporation series and let you guys know that Book 2 is just around the corner!
If you’re interested in checking out the first book, click the link below!
Stay tuned to learn more about the upcoming novel, Outcast!
What’s on your bookshelf?