Steph’s Outcast by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Best of the bunch!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: 😠😚😁☺️🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Steph – She is the therapist of the group. She loves hearing what people are thinking and finding out what makes them tick. She wants the outcasts to join their group on the icehome beach, and she leaves them things on a rock far down the beach every day for them, though they rarely take the offerings of furs, jerky and clothing.
The Hero: Juth – he and young Pak are the only two left in the outcast clan after the volcano on the island where they used to live. There were three clans on the island, Strong Arm, Tall Horn and Shadow Cat. Any child born that didn’t have the distinguishing features of any of those clans was made an outcast.
The Story: After the volcano destroyed the island and the remaining clan members and human women sett up the icehome clan on the beach, which was a merging of all the clans. However, the outcasts were still on their own. Though since the human women found out about the outcasts, they invited them to join, but Juth doesn’t want to become soft so he and Pak stay as outcasts.
This one is much different than the other books I have read so far. There are some strange happenings at the beach and some kind of sea monsters that come out of the ocean. It is all very exciting. They are big enough to throw the huts around like they are sticks. Steph is with Juth and Pax when it happens so is separated from the rest of her clan. The monster is the size of a city block, it is described so well. Very unusual and scary at first.
I liked this story and the romance between Juth and Steph. I also loved little Pak, he was a cutie and there were some great supporting characters in this one. Daisy reminded me of a social media influencer who cares way to much about how she looks, and Devi with her love of the sea creatures and her passion for discovery. I loved the fact that the huge creatures were so reminiscent of sea turtles. But most of all I loved the outcasts finding a home. I think this was my favorite story in this series.
This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration, and was narrated by Sean Crisden and Felicity Munroe. These two have narrated all of the Icehome books and do a great job and both do multiple voices so well. I love this series and its connection to the Ice Planet Barbarians. Personally if I had the choice, I would rather live at the beach even on an ice planet, so would pick their community of the two. Plus I love that there are different types of male aliens, some with large horns, some with four arms and more. The four armed aliens sound great to me.
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