Length: 80 pages
My rating: 3 out of 5
Set before the other novellas of the Breaker series, Outcome follows the journey of Ellie Colson, an agent of the Department of Advanced Analysis. One of the few people who know of the existence of a virus that can wipe out humanity, Ellie is the only one who accepts the truth – the virus is acting at an alarming rate and drastic measures need to be taken if there’s to be any hope of survival. But nobody is taking Ellie seriously. So she sets off to New York, to save her ex-fiance Chip, a man she still cares about. But getting to Chip and his adopted daughter is not as easy as she’d hoped. Being hunted by her own agency and the virus that’s resulting in a dramatically rising death toll, Ellie finds herself willing to push all stops to get them out alive. But will she succeed?
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and am definitely going to read all the books in the series. I haven’t read any of the Breakers’ series yet, aside from Outcome, so this review is based solely on my first experience with Edward Robertson’s books.
As a fan of the general post-apocalyptic story lines, I thought Outcome would be a great starting point to a series and it lived up to my expectations. But I think that maybe somewhere, somehow, it could have been better.
The story line is simple enough – a virus is going to be more dangerous than anyone expects and Ellie wants to get her ex-fiance and his daughter to safety along with her. But her own allies are against her (what’s a good story have if not friends turned foes?). The story moves fast and has loads of action. The action itself is well depicted and makes it extremely easy to actually see the situation unfolding in front of your eyes. The flow of the story is smooth too, especially considering that it jumps a longer period than expected at occasional intervals. Characters are easy to associate with and what I liked most was the determination in each an every one of them. Determination to help a loved one, determination to not leave someone behind regardless of the associated cost, determination to survive in the face of impossibility and determination to simply not give up or back down.
I can only think of one real drawback as such. I would have liked to read more about the characters, their lives and their past. Maybe they’re explained in greater detail in the following books but a little more about them and their relationship would have been welcome.
While the book did move along at a good pace and the story progressed, I did find it a tad boring in the middle – like something more needs to happen, something needs to move. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I’d read more of the series. But the last few chapters made the decision for me. I’m going to read this series because I loved the end of Outcome. Unexpected twists and turns that you simply don’t see coming and the only feeling I was left with at the end was (although some people may disagree) that it could not have ended in a better way.