Author: Tammy Ferebee
Jaylen’s life changes when she starts attending Trinity High. Her expectations for a church school go out the window when she meets Indigo. She feels a connection to Indigo unlike anything she’s ever felt for anyone else. A sense of belonging. Indigo and Jaylen instantly become friends. But Indigo isn’t the only person Jaylen feels a connection to. Her connection to Michael is just as strong if not stronger than her pull to Indigo. But there’s clearly some bad blood between Michael and Indigo and Jaylen doesn’t know who to believe.
This was a fun, fast read. The plot moved smoothly and there was never a time when I felt like putting the book down. If there’s anything I love it’s relationships like Jaylen and Michael. Heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time! I love the idea of the whole “pretending to be human but really we aren’t” thing, but I feel like it wasn’t played up as much as it could have been. There was a whole opportunity to explore the culture and to ask questions, but the book focused more on human stuff with a few scattered tidbits of other-worldliness. Of course, that might just be because it’s the first book, so it’s developing the characters and all the information about the “other species” will be in future books, but I would have enjoyed just a little bit more of it in Outsiders.
I love the incorporation of LGBTQIA+. You don’t see that a lot in books, especially in the case where all the character seemed really chill about it instead of being flabbergasted. But even so Indigo made me quite mad at times and by the end of the book I was thoroughly convinced that she’s slightly mentally unstable. Michael was by far my favourite character. He just seemed so at ease all the time and every scene with him and Jaylen together just made me want more. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2 when it comes out!