When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between worlds, they allowed entry to the Others. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay….
The humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.
The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.
Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself…
Worldbuilding: The Outcast world is an interesting mix of futuristic and UF, with paranormal elements like shifters, vampires, wraiths, witches, ghosts – all sorts of goodies.
Characters: Tiger was a very interesting main character. It seemed to me than rather than try to elicit empathy, she simply went about doing what needed to be done and hit lots of my soft spots as a result. I admired her, I disagreed with some of her methods or reasoning processes, but got where she was coming from and enjoyed following along as she did her thing.
I also loved Cat and Bear, all the kids’ ghosts really, and their team work was pure win. And Jonas was pretty much adorable in his alpha male-ness. I’m so looking forward to the future when it comes to these two 😀
Plot: The story was a great mix of action/adventure, mystery, some romance sprinkled on top. I enjoyed the read, though in places the tempo felt a bit slow.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Tiger’s POV. It felt like narrative had a larger percentage than dialogue, and it might have slowed the tempo for me.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb for my UF cravings.
This could have easily been a 5 butterflies read for me, had there been a more alert tempo to the read. I really enjoyed characters, story, world, and am looking forward to the next novel in the series.
I recommend Winter Halo to fans of UF with a futuristic spin, fans of well-told stories that involve an interesting mix of elements. I wouldn’t say it’s for the adrenaline junkies of UF, but more for those looking for consistent reads that tackle issues all societies struggle with.
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