An Outcast and an Ally
(A Soldier and a Liar #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 21st 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Dark secrets and conflicting loyalties abound as four superpowered teens are torn apart by war in Caitlin Lochner’s An Outcast and an Ally, the epic YA sequel to A Soldier and a Liar.
Lai, Jay, Al, and Erik are on the run after the military accuses them of being traitors. Tensions between everyone are high, but they have to stick together if they want to survive. And somehow stop the war that’s now in full swing.
But when Erik returns to the rebels to find answers about his past, Lai, Al, and Jay have no choice but to go to the Order―a peace coalition bent on stopping the rebels and dissolving the enmity between gifted and ungifted. However, the longer the war drags on, the more Lai’s long-kept secrets threaten to destroy everything she’s ever worked for. Sparks fly as the team constantly questions whether they can trust one another and everyone tries to navigate a war that will change everything.
Filled with the same high-stakes superpowered action and complex relationships as A Soldier and A Liar, Caitlin’s first book, An Outcast and an Ally brings this story to a dramatic and satisfying close.
I cough. Seung looks up, but Lai’s eyes don’t leave the map.
“I came to report on the combat training’s progress.” My voice sounds stiff even to me. Come on. Just gotta get through this.
“Can we talk about it later?” Lai still doesn’t look at me. “I want to get our first plan of attack finished first.”
“It could help you plan your attack if you have a better idea of your fighters’ abilities,” I say.
“I can’t imagine anyone has improved so much since Trist’s report last week that it would alter how we plan our attack.”
“You don’t know that.” Even though she’s right, her impatient dismissal makes my blood boil. Why does she have to say it like that? Can’t she just take two seconds to listen to me and then get back to her planning?
Finally, Lai spins around to glare at me. “I do know that, Al, and even if I didn’t, I know you’re only here because Trist asked you to come and not because you think you have information that could change the tide of our first fight. So just wait.”
“Could you not just go into my head whenever you feel like it?” I snap. My boiling blood starts to catch fire. “You ever hear of something called privacy?”
“Why don’t we just take a step back?” Jay asks. He comes to stand between me and Lai, hands raised in peace. “Everyone’s on edge right now with how busy things have become since the Order decided to join the war. You’re both tired. Let’s just—”
“No,” I say. “No, no more let’s just deal with this later—I want to deal with it now. Fight me, Lai.”
Seung’s eyebrows shoot up and Jay’s jaw drops, but Lai’s eyes harden. “I thought you’d never say it. Let’s go.”
I’m a nerd, traveler, and architecture enthusiast who worked as an assistant English teacher in Tokyo for three years before pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida. I love reading and writing anything with magic, adventure, and complex found-family relationships. I can typically be found absorbed in books, games, or manga, or else obsessing over said books, games, and manga.