Goodreads: Beneath the Surface
Author: Rebecca Langham
Published: 15th January 2018 (NineStar Press)
Source: Copy from Publisher
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “When a change in collective conscious sends the Outsiders, a group of aliens, to the shadows below the city, humans reason that the demonization of their peers is simply more “humane.” There’s no question, nor doubt. Just acceptance.
Lydia had embraced that sense of “truth” for as long as she can remember. The daughter of a powerful governor, she has been able to live her life with more comforts than most. Comforts can be suffocating, though, and when the opportunity to teach Outsider children in their private, “humane” community becomes available, she takes it.
What she finds beneath the city is far from the truth she had grown to know. There she meets Alessia, an Outsider with the knowledge and will to shake the foundation of all those who walk above ground. The two find a new and unexpected connection despite a complete disconnect from the technological world. Or perhaps in spite of it.
Still, it takes a lot more than an immutable connection to change the world. Lydia, Alessia, and a small group of Outsiders must navigate a system of corruption, falsehoods, and twists none of them ever saw coming, all while holding on to the hope to come out alive in the end. But it’s a risk worth taking, and a future worth fighting for.” – Goodreads
(Disclaimer: I requested a copy of the book from the Publisher for review. This does my affect my review in anyway)
Review: The book was very contained to one place, that not to say the world building wasn’t there. Oh it was, very much so. But the Author focused on one of the main points to the whole story, telling the story of the Outsiders. In order to do that the Author needed to focus on their ‘home’. It very beautifully done.
The relationship that was built between Lydia and Alessia was also very beautifully done. It wasn’t rushed, it wasn’t forced. It happened in a natural way. Which just made it more satisfying to read.
There wasn’t really any ‘bad’ guys in this story, it was all pretty much grey. I liked how that was done, it showed how human nature can be pushed to the extreme. Don’t go into this book expecting a lot of action, it not that kind of book. It more about human nature/emotions and finding the truth. I avoid purely emotional books, so don’t think that I am telling you, it is that kind of book. It not. It was very interesting read to see what way the Author would take it.
Shades of grey… but in it’s original meaning 😉
I do like books that straddle the line, trying not to class anything as necessarily good or evil. Makes you think.
On a very random note, haven’t seen the name Lydia used for a key character in a while… very random…sorry.
thumbs up 😀
Oh I really like morally grey characters- definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy- great review!
Thanks for reading 🙂