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Outlaw (City of a Thousand Lies) by Imogen Keeper


The sexy, action-packed first book in The City of a Thousand Lies trilogy by award-winning Imogen Keeper.

THE GOVERNMENT drugs us with ‘vitamins.’They monitor us with nanochips.They subjugate us with fear.  

Citizens obey. 

Outlaws are hunted down in the streets.

NO ONE knows that better than me.

Four years ago, my mother died, my father rebelled and was instantly Outlawed, leaving me responsible for my sick sister, a stack of bills and both our lives. So I kept my head down and I prayed the government would never look my way. 

But now, they’ve found me anyway and have issued an impossible command. I have to write the code to convert nanochips to mind control devices and take the final freedom away from all of us—our own minds.

FOR A TEST SUBJECT, they gave me Romeo-Three, a captive bio-engineered soldier as dangerous as he is irresistible.

The reckless hope that saturates his every word ignites inside me a longing for a life beyond obedience.

LOVING HIM is an act of war.

The price tag of his freedom is my life, leaving us with no choice but to rebel—even if rebellion means certain death. 

A seductive, breathtaking book that blends Romance, Fantasy and futuristic elements into an unforgettable read.

Publication date 15/6/2021

Outlaw (City of a Thousand Lies) by Imogen Keeper

My Review

The first book in a trilogy by an author I’ve not read before. And I was hooked, drawn into a dystopian world that was pretty hard to leave! Sci-fi isn’t usual my thing, but I was intrigued with the description and thought I’d give it a go…..

Romeo-three (or three) is a soldier with enhancements, his unit all have bio parts, they are deemed dangerous, known as Outlaws and killers. But when one of their family is taken, they will stop at nothing to bring them home. Even if it means sacrificing their freedom…..

Tierney has hidden under the radar with her sick sister for what seems like forever. Her parents were taken from them, their mother died and it tore the family apart, but when her father had been labelled an “Outlaw” and was killed, Tierney and her sister knew they needed to hide! But you can only hide from “The Government” for so long. And when they find Tierney, they make her an offer she can’t refuse!

She is to implant nanotechnology into the brains of the citizens! Controlling everyone for their own good! Sounds a little like mind control to me, they want robots not citizens!

Tierney and Romeo are forced together, he’s going to be her test subject, she’s going to experiment on his brain and monitor his reactions! But the more time she spends with her “subject”, the more she sees him, and the harder it is to do the government’s directive! He isn’t an animal! He’s got a right to think for himself! She’s connecting to him on all levels, he makes her dream and want more. But wanting leads to disappointment, and the fear of losing her sister makes Tierney wary….

I liked the characters, Tierney was such a resourceful woman. Smart and dedicated to her sister, a genius I’m her own tight. Romeo had that oh so dangerous vibe. His attitude might have sucked, but he gave a damn about his “family”. Secondary characters were a great support to the story. Loved his family of misfits, liked that they could communicate without others knowing. It flowed pretty well and at a relatively good pace. We did stumble a few times, but I don’t think it took away from the story.

I could see this as a tv series, I’d sit and watch it every week. It has a great story that was pretty easy to follow.

It’s a violent and bloody read. It’s a book full of sorrow and despair! And the stories that are told are sad and filled with a hopelessness that you know some won’t overcome.

So how can Tierney and three escape the government? Can she save her sister? Is she the answer to the the outlaws problem? And what will the facility do to keep her working on the project?
There are a few questions that need answering and a few twists that keep you reading until the early hours of the morning!

Not sure if you could call the ending a cliffhanger! But it did end rather abruptly! So I’m hoping we get a little more in book 2.

But I’m definitely interested in reading and recommending this series.

Published by jab1969

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