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The earth is a wasteland after climate change and a global pandemic devastated the surface decades before. Seventeen-year-old Ro lives in the underground city of Arcadia, the last remnant of civilization. Accused of a crime she didn’t commit she is banished to the surface, but the world above holds both beauty and danger, and she must depend on a reclusive young survivor to teach her how to live.

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Words: 69,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781370669790
About Janelle Armstrong

Ever since my grandmother's gift of a Nancy Drew book long ago, I've been a prolific reader. From historical romance to mysteries and thrillers, I've always had my nose in a book. Long bus rides back and forth to work went by quickly while caught up in a fictional character's hair-raising adventures. Exile is my first book in The Barren Plains Series and the second book "Brace" is now available.
The third and final book of the series will be out late 2017.

Also in Series: The Barren Plains


Review by: nigil on July 17, 2018 :
"Exile" is an interesting tale about an underground society survivalist, Ro, trying
to make it in an egomaniac meritocracy. Having lived underground and known nothing
else her whole life, she is now being framed for a crime, after not acceding to
the demands of a greedy bully, and banished to death on the uninhabitable surface.
Surprisingly she finds the surface not as dead as made believe and soon has to
learn how to live amongst another type of people with somewhat different rules and beliefs.

While not a completely original theme anymore, I still find myself liking these
kind of underground survival/resurfacing tales. If you have some love for the
theme you should easily find yourself liking this story.

Written in 1st person view, it starts out with the viewpoint of Ro, but soon
starts switching between the POVs of Ro and the surface boy, Gray.
This is a definite no-no for me, and detracted from the quality and depth of the story,
as a 1st p. POV is a promise to stay with a character 'for life' (bodysnatching
excluded), and a (close-up) 3rd person POV would have been the better choice here.

Having to rely on your own characters evaluations, thoughts and (mis)information,
is the core of a great 1st person story for me, that makes it so life-like,
suspenseful and intriguing, and incidentially hard to write; the skill and
artistry of a really great author. Short-changing that experience by switching
viewpoints generally leaves me feeling cheated and with a bad taste.

Considering Gray's perspective felt more like filler to me, the story's plot
was still interesting and captivating enough, focused more on the romance than
the adventure in the later story, but lacked in suspense and depth it could
have possibly achieved.

I am yet undecided about continuing the series, the ending felt a bit bland and
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)

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