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Title: The Outerlands
Author: Jared R Lopatin
Published: March 31st, 2015
This is a must read for any adult fans of ‘Alice in Wonderland’! Alex Lewis is fed up of being bullied at school. He’s had enough and succumbs to the temptation to end his misery by taking pills from another pupil, Dwight. He’d been told they would help him escape his reality but he really didn’t expect to be taken to a world very reminiscent of a twisted version of Wonderland, peopled with very similar, totally strange, characters. Look out for new versions of the classic characters – the Cheshire Cat, Jabberwock, Bandersnatch, slithy toves, the Red and White Kings and Queens – these, together with many others are living in the Outerlands where Alex needs to fight to survive and to evict the dangerous intruder before he can return home again.
A superb, disturbing, story mixing the familiar classic with more modern situations and events in a fast paced, high action story.
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Blurb for the book:
Alex didn’t want to die, but he just couldn’t take it anymore. Dwight’s pills seemed to promise escape… and escape is exactly what he gets. He ends up in a world reminiscent of his childhood Wonderland, but nothing is as it was in Alice’s day. The Outerlands are a twisted version of his favorite story, with strange characters and unnatural dangers. Before he can get used to his new home, it’s threatened by an outside force. Will Alex ever find a place where he feels safe?
THE OUTERLANDS by Jared R. Lopatin
Alex, responding to the voice of authority, gripped the edge of the revolving boat and tried to find the rope. It was swinging by on his right. His heart was thudding against his ribs, but he threw himself forward and felt something rough in his hand. He pulled and fell back into the boat, holding a moss-covered tree branch. Panic shot through him as he realized he had missed the rope. He struggled to sit upright, hurling the branch back into the river. The boat, he found, had slowed its turning and he was able to face front once more, but his friend on the bank had disappeared, as had the rope. Facing forward, he saw that the river curved sharply to the right and he could hear the rush of water crashing down as though from a great height. Alex knew instantly that he was approaching a waterfall and he scrambled desperately to the back to the boat in an irrational attempt to find safety. The boat picked up speed. Alex scanned the trees, hoping for another chance at salvation, but no one was there.
The Interglass carried him around the bend and sure enough, Alex found that he had a very short distance before he hit the waterfall. However, he was shocked to find that he was approaching the base of the structure; the cliff before him stretched high away from him, the spray of the water reaching him even from this distance. The current continued its course toward the base of the waterfall and Alex wondered what would happen once he got there. Logically, the water should have been pooling and he could have climbed out and waded to shore, but the Interglass had no such calm place. The water was just as rough as though he were careening down the center of the river.
“For the sake of the Realms, grab the rope!” The man was back and so was the lifeline, bouncing just ahead of the boat. Loathe to let the chance pass him by a second time, Alex leapt forward from the boat and felt the rough reward of fibers beneath his fingertips. It was just out of his reach. He pushed further and the rope slid into his palm. Alex felt a moment of relief, but a moment later, the man on the shore gave a strong yank as the boat rocked violently and Alex was thrown into the cool water. The rope slipped in his hand, but he tightened his grip and added his other hand just to secure his lifeline. He felt himself moving as the man hauled him toward shore. He pulled himself further on the rope as he held his breath. Fingers curled about his wrist and he was brought, choking and gasping, onto dry land. He lay there, regaining his breath. There was the sound of splintering wood. Alex rolled onto his side to witness broken pieces of his boat drifting up the waterfall.
“What?” he gasped. “How?”
“The current,” said the man, kneeling to help him sit up.
“It’s going up, though!”
“So is the water,” the man told him.