Parents' Guide to

The Outliers

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Page-turner thriller is full of twists, violence.

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Despite the occasionally convoluted plot, this psychological thriller will keep readers engaged until they figure out what's going on and how the main character can survive various obstacles. The Outliers doesn't always make a lot of sense, but if readers are willing to suspend their disbelief, they will find themselves rooting for Wylie and Jasper. The two aren't even really friends when they first set off together (as is fairly common between the best friend and the boyfriend), but they develop a hesitant alliance that eventually turns into a trust and an openness they don't share with anyone else. Their slow burn of a friendship (with hints of romance to come) is one of the strongest parts of the story.

The weakest parts are the multiple conspiracy theories and competing groups trying to control the titular "Outliers" with almost superpower-like instinctive and perceptive abilities. It's best not to get bogged down in the plot holes and muddled aspects of what the Outliers are capable of and what various government and nefarious forces want with them. The author must be saving the clarity (and romance) for the next installment of the trilogy, but in the meantime at least this one is a quick read.

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