The Exiles by Katherine Barger ~ Book Review

December 26, 2021

About the Book

Book: The Exiles
Author: Katherine Barger
Series: Exiled Trilogy, Book 2
Genre: Christian Dystopian Fiction

Nothing could have prepared Nyssa Ardelone for the treachery that lurks inside Fortune’s Fall. What began as a joyful reunion with her family soon plunges into chaos, with Nyssa at the center of misplaced accusations that could be catastrophic for everyone. Confused and still grief-stricken over the friends she’s lost, Nyssa begins to question whether her journey to Fortune’s Fall was worth the cost.

When she learns that President Omri has arrested the exiles and plans to send them to the most notorious prison in America, Nyssa's convinced Omri's punishing them for her sins, and she sinks into even deeper despair. But there might be a way to save them, and Nyssa jumps at the chance to remedy what she feels is her fault.

The task is dangerous, though, and if she fails, she’ll lose everything. If she succeeds, the people of Fortune’s Fall will embrace her at last, and the path will open for their ultimate return to Maren—the home Omri stole from them fifteen years ago. With the help of family and a few unlikely allies, Nyssa sets out to make things right. But the stakes are higher than before, and her newfound faith has grown shaky. When the mission doesn’t go as planned, Nyssa faces a choice unlike any she’s ever had: press on despite her doubts, or give up and leave the exiles—and everyone she loves—to their fate.

My Thoughts 

If you haven't read Katherine's first book on this series then you need to. This is definitely one of those series you must read in order. This second book did not disappoint. She had me captivated the entire time and I wanted more!! The problem with this is that giving you a review without spilling the beans is hard! So let's see what I can tell you. 

In this book the story continues where it left off in the first book and we see Nyssa with her parents in Fortune's Fall but the reunion doesn't last long as things kind of go out of track and not everyone is happy to see the dream interpreter and the fact that she is regarded so highly. When she discovers that President Omri has taken all the exiles to prison she feels compelled to rescue them and in the process gets caught. Through this she experiences her new faith being shaken and she can't help but question if she made the right choice. I have to say I was so excited about one of the parts and to see a particular character but that is all I will say about that. However once again the author left me in a cliffhanger wondering what is going to happen and wanting more from the story. 

If you enjoy storylines like Hunger Games then this is the story for you. These are also perfect for tweens as they are very clean reads and very little romance. They are not very long books but they are intriguing and take you on a great adventure. One that you do not want to pass up! So go grab both books and thank me later 😉. 

My Rating: 5 Stars/LOVED it!! I need more!

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Katherine Barger writes stories about characters of faith in a world where faith is challenged. When she’s not wrangling kids alongside her forever-forbearing husband, she’s writing, eating Mexican food, or snuggling with her family’s two rescue pets: a dog named Queen Elsa and a cat named Princess Jasmine.

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