We all loved Alice in Wonderland.
In THE OUTERLANDS, a YA novel by Jared R. Lopatin, Wonderland gets a twist.
It's intense and utterly whimsical!
Release Date: March 31, 2015
About THE OUTERLANDS:
Alex didn’t want to die, but he just couldn’t take it anymore. Dwight’s pills seemed to promise escape… and escape is exactly what he gets. He ends up in a world reminiscent of his childhood Wonderland, but nothing is as it was in Alice’s day. The Outerlands are a twisted version of his favorite story, with strange characters and unnatural dangers. Before he can get used to his new home, it’s threatened by an outside force. Will Alex ever find a place where he feels safe?
About Jared R. Lopatin:
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jared fell in love with stories at a very young age. This love led him to major in English and Theatre, a decision that brought him many adventures, such as performing in Footloose, Cats, and West Side Story.
His first full novel, Rising Sign, was started backstage during a production of South Pacific in Indiana. Five years later, his debut novel was complete and he headed back to school for his Masters in Special Education. By the time he graduated, he had written the following two books in the trilogy, Ruling House and Returning Planet. He used his school experiences as a base for his standalone novel, Let's Play It By Ear. His newest novels, The Outerlands and The Good Witch are slated for release in 2015.
Jared currently lives in New York City with his cats, Benedick and Beatrice. He works during the day as a high school English teacher and theatre director at a Deaf school.
THE OUTERLANDS by Jared R. Lopatin
Alex was fifteen, bookish, and slight of build. He stood on the shorter side of boys his own age, yet he carried himself as though he were much taller. He had a small group of friends at school with whom he shared many classes. Yet, the one class where he felt deserted was Physical Education. For some unknown reason, the Powers That Be that made Alex’s schedule placed him in Physical Education during a time that conflicted with that of his friends. Instead, he was forced to participate in any number of sports with Jay and his league of troublesome companions. (None of these bear mentioning by name; they all form from one stock type. In fact, it has been suggested that cloning was involved.)
For years, Jay and his friends had made Alex’s life as miserable as they could. They tripped him whenever possible. They stole his possessions; on rare occasion, they returned them, completely destroyed. They never referred to him by name, choosing instead derogatory terms or using his middle name. Alex had tried to tell the authorities, but even on those scarce instances where punishment was issued, Alex was blamed as well and after the first few times, he gave up. He kept everything inside where no one knew he was hurting.