A New Review on Outland Exile giving it 4/4 stars from Online Book Club
“Outland Exile” is a compelling read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of dystopian/alternative reality/action novels. Author W. Clark Boutwell does an amazing job of bringing this incredible, fully-realized world to life where people are subjected to mental and emotional enslavement by the Unity and the lead, Malila, is exposed to a whole new reality that makes her question everything – and realize the need to fight back. Very interesting concept, and the premise feels familiar in a way, yet is executed differently than anything I’ve come across before. Although there are common elements that mandates the genre, Mr. Boutwell’s voice is unique, and his characters fresh and engaging. We really root (or cry) for them and get totally invested in the outcome. BTW the editing was GREAT! Nearly perfect, and that is really rare in ebooks, I find. Smooth, authentic dialogue that flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely, sparing us of the dreaded “telling” that so many authors tend to do (except I did grow weary of Jesse’s ‘accent’ after a while…). We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of Dystopian Sci-fi who’d like a new twist. This is the first in a series though, so we are still in for more of a ride, especially after that twist of an ending. Can’t wait! (4.5 stars) Charles Vasquez in B&N
Great action, well-written and very creative, “Outland Exile” (Book 1 of Old Men and Infidels) from W. Clark Boutwell is a must read for fans of novels such as “Hunger Games” “Divergent” and maybe even “Brave New World”. This book is far less involved than those, but to me that is a good thing. It still “feels’ big and epic, with a varied cast of colorful characters and plenty of action and suspense to go around. There are some familiar literary elements here (as with most dystopian/sci fi), however, I feel Mr. Boutwell did an amazing job of bringing in a fresh voice and making the story wholly his own, and giving it a unique feel which is pretty tough to do in this crowded genre. For the most part the editing was great. Overall and engrossing read that will satisfy even the pickiest dystopian reader! (suitable for most ages teens and older) (4-5 stars) AprilDawn @ B&N
“wow, what an insane book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away, and this is a hard book to just quickly sum up in a short review… “Outland Exile- Book 1 of Old Men and Infidels” by author W. Clark Boutwell is one of the most original and just flat out interesting and intelligently profound dystopian novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into and just stay lost in. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. I wish I knew what the characters looked like better though, because some of them I had hard time keeping straight. I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, and it just felt more “intelligent” than others I’ve read, like there is a deeper philosophical message there that goes beyond the surface …”(4-5 stars) – Indie Book Reviews
I was hooked from the opening pages of “Outland Exile” by W. Clark Boutwell and my interest never wavered for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Malila is a great lead, strong, but flawed and relatable. And I adored Jesse. The plot was intelligently constructed, and just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t at all. I’ve read a ton of post apoc/dystopian and over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling any sort of ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here—extremely complex but not confusing (there is a handy index throughout). Will be interested in seeing where this series and our leads go to in the next one. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, alternative reality novel with unexpected twists that will make you think outside the box. (5stars) – Indie Book Reviewers
Outland Exile: Book 1 of Old Men and Infidels
W. Clark Boutwell
iUniverse, 430 pages (Reviewed: September 2015)
A powerful blend of post-apocalyptic fiction, science fiction and brass-knuckle social commentary, W. Clark Boutwell’s Outland Exile, the first installment of a projected series, is a towering tour de force of a novel. It’s a cautionary tale for today’s superficial, youth-obsessed culture that chronicles a young woman’s heroic journey of self-discovery as she realizes that everything she believes to be real is government propaganda designed to sedate and manipulate the sheep-like populace.
Set in the year 2128 – almost a century after the Third Iraqi War culminated with nuclear strikes destroying all U.S. forces in the region and upsetting the world economy – the storyline revolves around Malila Chiu, a 17-year-old living in Nyork, a city in the Democratic Unity of America. The Unity, established after a brutal civil war ripped through America following the Iraqi war, is a shining example of an advanced society. All citizens have access to legalized recreational drugs and biosensory implants that automatically adjust hormone and medication levels.
Chiu believes her way of life, where children are raised in communal care facilities and everyone is forced to retire at age 40, is idyllic. But when she’s sent on a mission to check a faulty Unity sensor station in the Outlands (once known as Wisconsin), her world is turned upside down. She is kidnapped by Outlanders — savages who live in the wasteland of “some extinct republic.” Her captor, a wily old man named Jesse Johnstone, is taking her to a place he calls Kentucky, and during the long, arduous journey, Chiu learns invaluable information about America, humankind and herself.
The novel is powered by a cast of authentic and relatable characters. Relentlessly visionary, thematically profound and impeccably edited, it is one of those rare stories that both entertains and enlightens, providing a nightmarish glimpse into America’s post-apocalyptic future that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned. In short, Outland Exile is a must-read for anyone who loves speculative fiction.