The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud, reviewed by James

The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne is an excellent book, full of exciting twists and turns that follows Scarlett McCain and her slightly bedraggled partner Albert Browne as they outwit the law in a thrilling chase through a scarred and broken Britain, but things aren’t as they seem: their pursuers aren’t stopping, and something just isn’t quite right about this chase; something that revolves around the boy Albert Browne and his past, present, and possibly his future… I really enjoyed this book, with its almost non-stop action and unexpected revelations, and I would definitely read more of Jonathan Stroud’s books, should they become available to me. All in all, a brilliant book that kept me on my toes while reading it and begging for more once finished. A must read!

I am 13 years old and I have Type 1 diabetes.  I like reading, experimenting with new things, playing football and I support Arsenal. At school my favourite subject is Drama. (Loves Robert Muchamore, Anthony Horowitz, Hunger Games and his fave book is The Knife of Never Letting Go

About the book:

Set in a broken, future England, where gunfights and monsters collide, this is the exciting first title in a phenomenal fantasy teen series by the bestselling children’s novelist.

“You won’t be able to put this down. A classic in the making.” – Eoin Colfer

“Perfectly paced, beautifully written and bursting with black humour and bold ideas.” – Philip Reeve

“”Imaginative, original, taut and with multi-layered protagonists… A wild ride.” – Jo Cotterill

 Scarlett and Browne is phenomenal, unputdownable storytelling of the highest order.” – Piers Torday  

England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes – large cities have disappeared and London has been replaced by a lagoon. The surviving population exists in fortified towns where they cling to traditional ways, while strangely evolved beasts prowl the wilderness beyond. Conformity is rigidly enforced and those who fall foul of the rules are persecuted: some are killed, others are driven out into the wilds. Only a few fight back – and two of these outlaws, Scarlett McCain and Albert Browne, display an audacity and talent that makes them legends.