Debut Novel by Rebecca Crunden

A Touch of Death
The Outlands Pentalogy series #1
by Rebecca Crunden (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, pub Feb 24, 2017, 270 pages
Also available in paperback

GoodReads Summary:  
A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favorite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears. A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him. Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.

Disclaimer:  I purchased this book at a reduced price on Amazon. This is my honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
This is not my typical read. I like fun books. There was nothing fun about this. This was dark and scary. Even though Kitty had done nothing wrong, she was being hunted the same as the released criminal she was with. Nate was trying to save her after his brother was gone. Thom was the good one. He was all that was good and she loved Thom.

But society and the King didn't care who she loved, now. She was with a criminal. That made her a criminal, too. So she was hunted, beaten, tortured. She was scared and on the run with a man she didn't trust and didn't like.

In the beginning, it was all so dark and scary and confusing. It took me a while to figure out what was going on and who was who. There were no good and bad guys because anyone you trusted today could turn you in tomorrow. Trusting could get you killed or worse. I think I held my breath the whole time I was reading this book!

A fan of really dark and scary futuristic dystopian stuff? Crack this one then. As I said, this isn't my usual read, but I may have to read the second book whenever it comes out just because I need to see these two safe and know what happens between them.