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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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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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Book couldn’t hold my interest

When I listened to the sample this book it sounded intriguing. But as the characters were introduced it became harder to stay engaged with the story. The main character Elliott doesn’t start off as someone like able or sympathetic. We learn a bit of why he is unsociable, rude, unkind but it doesn’t make the reader want to root for him. Other characters seem to want to befriend him but it’s not apparent why. The premise of the story is interesting. Elliott is selected as one of a few human children able to see a magic wall which allows him to cross back and forth from his world and into a magical land. The magical land while full of wonder and wonderful beings has just as many problems as Elliot’s world and isn’t any easier to navigate. Ultimately the story just couldn’t hold my interest.

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Coming of age story with modern child

Very realistic on the fears and insecurities of a boy growing into adulthood. The situation is fantastic, a less romantic retelling of the Harry Potter story, but the issues are those of modern teenage angst - family alienation, trust, friendship, sexuality, gender and even war and peace. The characters are flawed or damaged, mostly well intentioned, and likable.

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Unpausable!

What a fun listen! The story is hilarious, with its deft and loving criticism of fantasy tropes, but it's also deeply emotionally engaging. Eliot grows and learns in ways you rarely see among YA heroes. The worldbuilding is fun, and the narrator is talented. This book was recommended to me, and I'd recommend it as well.

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A refreashing and wonderful love story for all

I can not express how pleased I am by both the realistic and subtle nature of romance expressed here. and in my opinion the very accurate picture of how someone behaves after a life of neglect, how damaging it is and how it twists even the best personalities.

the ending was close to perfect. though I would love a lol epilogue of years later I understand why the author might not have added it.

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The best part was how the romance was even all round and how there was no focus on shaming or a tragic end as in many gay romances still. there were compications of course otherwise things would get boring but it never felt forced and all my time rooting for happiness for them all was rewarded. I wish there were more stories like this.


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Absolutely Loved It!

I've been in a major book slump lately and this book blew me away! I completely adore it! Hilariously entertaining and pleasantly fast-paced, I would (and have) recommend it! I can't remember the last book that had tears of laughter in my eyes one second and the then butterflies in my stomach from the utter adorableness. It was simply wonderful!

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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.