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The Borderlands aren't like anywhere else. Don't try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border - unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and - best of all as far as Elliot is concerned - mermaids. 

Elliot? Who's Elliot? Elliot is 13 years old. He's smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands. It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. 

On the other hand, there's Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there's her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There's even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world. 

In Other Lands is the exhilarating new book from beloved and best-selling author Sarah Rees Brennan. It's a novel about surviving four years in the most unusual of schools, about friendship, falling in love, diplomacy, and finding your own place in the world - even if it means giving up your phone.

©2017 Sarah Rees Brennan (P)2018 Tantor

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Hilarious and emotional!

where to begin with this one. I went into this one not sure of what to expect besides the fantasy elements that I know and love. what I found was humor and rawness and complex characters. I started off annoyed by the main character Elliot, not even halfway through true I loved him and wanted to continue with him on this magical journey of Fantastical land and of self-discovery. the other characters are equally amazing and complex. just when you think you know something about the characters, Brennan changes everything. this book is very diverse and helps the audience to open their minds and explore new and strange opportunities. Accepting people for who they are and accepting an entirely different world from what one might have been used to. this book was chosen for my book club for the month of July and I am ever so grateful that it was!

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Unassuming Little Book Packs a Big Punch

Awkward and snarky at first, seeming to be more joke than serious novel, the book eases us into Elliot's life and you find yourself suddenly looking up from a book that's turned into a serious walk through the life of a young man as he grows up and matures, as he tries to figure out how friendship and romance works, in our world and in The Other Lands.
He's terrible at all of it, but he learns.

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Engaging and fun start to finish!

A romp through typical fantasy stories, with layers of meta-awareness, social commentary, solid feminism, and politics. The characters are well developed and engaging, and the narrative has a really great progression. Well paced and riveting the whole way through. HIGHLY recommend!

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Absolutely stunning book, hooked from chapter one!

This is one of the best YA fantasy books I've even read (or listened to, in this case). I would highly recommend it, and can honestly say I was enthralled from start to finish. Sweet, meaningful coming of age novel about found family and the trials and tribulations of growing up.

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Great ride.

Elliot is an interesting pov character and reliably unreliable (and fun) guide. There's real creativity in the world drawn, and real insight in the various and changing personalities and relationships.

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Discworld and Carry On had a baby and this is it!

Recommend to: All those book nerds that love Discworld by Pratchett and Carry On by Rowell.

This was amazing! Although, it started off rocky for me. Elliot's first person narrative got on my nerves at first, but I quickly warmed to him and the other characters.

I love all the things Brennan expressed in this world, especially the double standards. The character growth in this is beautiful, and Elliot is such an awesome bisexual protagonist, and I loved watching him come of age.

I wish this was a series, I want to hang out with these characters more.

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Great narrator, so much fun!

I loved this book, the narrator really adds to the experience, voices for characters, even the non-human ones are great. In typically Brennan style there is a love triangle, or pentagon, or something like that, set in a fun "other" world with occasional visits back to ours. #Relationships #HappyEnding #allthefeels #LGBTQIA+ #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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A refreshing romantic romp

So many fantasy books exhaust the reader with world-building details. This book focuses on characters and the pain and humor of growing up. Elliot, the main character, is self-aware and hilarious. Such a delightful mixture of humor, sexiness, and empathy! The narrator was perfect. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #fantasy #sexy #funny #mermaid

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Pure Of Heart Queer Content

This book is so sweet and pure, I literally cried.

I have to say, reading the synopsis, I didn’t think this book was for me. “13yro boy goes to a magic land and meets a hot elf girl” isn’t for me. But really it’s like the TV show the magicians, but pure, more insightful, more inner reflection, healthier relationships , and it ends happily. Magic and a new land don’t solve your problems, only you can

This book is also amazing at just expressing friendships. People can be flawed, but still want the best for each other. They can still express love for each other. And I was so genuinely happy for everyone

I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

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An absolute delight!

for anyone who grew up reading Tolkein and Lewis but never quite imagined it could be a place for them. Rees has written a queer, feminist, hilarious fantasy . Elliott is the too smart, snarky, pacifist we have been waiting for.