The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne
by Jonathan Stroud
This review is about the novel The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud – a great novel. The story follows outlaw Scarlett McCain, a gun toting cussing bank robber, who lives in Britain after the apocalypse event – the Cataclysm. It is a cruel and dangerous place and time, with people living inside walled surviving towns, where Britain is ruled by the Faith Houses, the government which frowns upon the slightest deviation from normality, be it birthmarks, extra fingers or the like. These ‘deviants’ are left outside the towns in the Wilds to be eaten by beasts or the Tainted – human like cannibals that evolved because of the Cataclysm. Scarlett survives outside the towns, a traveller who survives on bank raids and thefts. One day, she meets Albert Browne, a strangely naïve boy who she found among the wreckage of a bus which was savaged by some beast. They form a duo travelling through the lands, but soon Scarlett realizes there is more to Albert than meets the eye. The government is taking a special interest in trying to capture Albert Browne – because he may just bring about their downfall. Soon, Albert and Scarlett have to reach the Free Isles, where it is rumoured that anyone is accepted. This might just be his only chance at survival. They team up with Joe and Ettie – an old boat man and his granddaughter – to reach there. But will the government catch up with them before they escape? Because there’s more to everything than meets the eye……..
I have read Jonathan Stroud’s series – the Bartimaeus Trilogy and Lockwood and Co.– and they are definitely among my favourite series, with their fantasy elements, dry humorous wit and action filled escapades, so I decided to try his novel – The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne – hoping that this too will be written in the irresistible writing style, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. I loved this! Jonathan Stroud is an amazing author! This book is a funny, sassy, and daring adventure! Everything is quite descriptive so it’s like a mind movie. This book is bound to bring a smile to your face as you read it. My favourite characters are probably Joe and Ettie, though it’s hard to choose, everyone has great character development. Do not waste your time thinking about it – just buy and read it!!! It was so good that I read it in one sitting straight!! In short – it’s amazing! I recommend it for ages 10+. I 100% give this 5 stars!!!