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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Outside Intervention by Andrew Orange is a dystopian novel with a hint of Young Adult, thanks to a feisty protagonist and a remarkable story. Kier is an 18-year-old out-lord who lost his mother when he was very young, and his father sent him to New Roma. Raised by a foster father who became everything to Kier, he goes on a quest to find an artifact that might not exist. However, Kier must look for this mysterious object because if he doesn’t, a whole city will be destroyed along with the people living inside it. But finding the artifact created by the Founder of the Empire is almost impossible, considering that the object was created thousands of years ago. While Kier doesn’t know what will happen in this journey, he knows he cannot stay back and not look. Even with enemies far more experienced and powerful than him, Kier is ready to face whatever comes his way to find the Crystal Helmet before it is too late.
The Outside Intervention by Andrew Orange is deceptively simple. When the story opens, you have no clue what the artifact is, but by the time it reaches 40+ pages, the author cleverly shares the story of the creation of Crystal Helmet and how it was safely hidden by Kier the Great. For someone like our protagonist, the possibility of finding the Crystal Helmet is equal to getting validation from his father and being recognized. The journey to find this artifact is described beautifully. We get picturesque descriptions, a seemingly calm protagonist who faces danger like it’s a piece of cake, and a story that is filled with genuine plot twists. The narrative is powerful enough to carry the story forward; however, mixing the genius plot and Kier’s character into the story makes it even more interesting. It is more a dystopian adventure novel than a politically charged novel (however, you do find political games and themes in the story). Regardless of the genre, this novel will be loved by all!