The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight

The Scattering

New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight raises the stakes in the second book of the heart-pounding Outliers trilogy, a uniquely speculative story about secrets, betrayal, and a world where one small group of people are blessed—or cursed—with an incredible power.Wylie may have escaped the camp in Maine, but she is far from safe. The best way for her to protect...

Title:The Scattering
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ISBN:0062359142
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:222 pages

The Scattering Reviews

  • Laura Rash
    Jun 03, 2017

    This one was better than the first. Still a lil choppy but a much better storyline for Wylie & Jasper

  • Dr.Mandi
    Feb 07, 2017

    Omg!!! That ending!!! I kind of had a feeling only because I was like what's the craziest thing that could happen? That's all I am going to say! I cannot wait for the third book!!! This book was even better than the first, more action and I loved watching the relationship between Wylie and Jasper develop.

  • Sharon
    Jun 17, 2017

    So many twists, turns, questions, answers that lead to more questions, and then a final cliffhanger scene that rocks the foundation under your feet. Yes, Kimberly McCreight, you've stunned me once again!

    The sequel to The Outliers picks up after Wylie Lang receives the cryptic text from Jasper Salt telling her to run.

    The two friends remain in contact in the weeks following the horrific events at the campsite.

    As new details emerge about her mom's car accident and her father's research into the Ou

    So many twists, turns, questions, answers that lead to more questions, and then a final cliffhanger scene that rocks the foundation under your feet. Yes, Kimberly McCreight, you've stunned me once again!

    The sequel to The Outliers picks up after Wylie Lang receives the cryptic text from Jasper Salt telling her to run.

    The two friends remain in contact in the weeks following the horrific events at the campsite.

    As new details emerge about her mom's car accident and her father's research into the Outliers, Wylie is suddenly thrust into another unimaginable situation while attempting to rescue Jasper from what she imagines his tortured mind may lead him to do.

    Obviously there's some attraction between the two but he's just buried his former girlfriend who was also Wylie's best friend.

    The fast paced thriller combines the science of psychology, corporate espionage, hactivism, and mysterious characters into a giant maelstrom with the anxiety ridden yet emotionally intuitive Wylie at the heart.

    She's vulnerable yet strong, surprisingly so, and fully capable despite her own insecurities. Wylie is the kind of friend who'd come back to rescue you even at her own peril.

    Great read, I can hardly wait for the third book!

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    May 21, 2017

    Wylie and Jasper are back. Dealing with Cassie's death, they start to pull apart - Wylie learning more about her ability and Jasper trying to handle his guilt. Worried about Jasper, Wylie goes looking for him, just to end wind up waking up in a hospital, cuffed to a bed. She finds herself in a hospital with other Outlier subjects, the ruse of keeping them there being a potential weird strain stemming from strep throat, called PANDAS. *cough* Wylie manages to escape and as she tries to find a way

    Wylie and Jasper are back. Dealing with Cassie's death, they start to pull apart - Wylie learning more about her ability and Jasper trying to handle his guilt. Worried about Jasper, Wylie goes looking for him, just to end wind up waking up in a hospital, cuffed to a bed. She finds herself in a hospital with other Outlier subjects, the ruse of keeping them there being a potential weird strain stemming from strep throat, called PANDAS. *cough* Wylie manages to escape and as she tries to find a way to save the girls left behind, finds more secrets and more reasons not to trust anyone.

    An easy and entertaining read, if you saw my review for book one, The Outliers, you know that I have to suspend all reality to let myself fall into this world that McCreight created. This book felt a bit choppier than the first one. One minute would be details of what was happening and back stories and then, in a flash, time has passed or things have been moved along and summed up in a few short paragraphs. Felt a little whiplash here and there. Jasper seemed like a completely different character in this book and once again, we are left with more questions than answers. That being said, I read this in one sitting, which means it clearly kept my attention. And after the ending, I am curious as to where the final book in this trilogy will take us.... but I'm not sure if I'm QUITE that invested.

  • Sarah
    May 18, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.)

    This was an interesting sequel, and I liked it more than the first book in the series.

    Wylie was a strong character in this book and she didn’t give up, even when things looked really bad. I also liked the way she tried to help people other than herself, and stood firm in her beliefs t

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.)

    This was an interesting sequel, and I liked it more than the first book in the series.

    Wylie was a strong character in this book and she didn’t give up, even when things looked really bad. I also liked the way she tried to help people other than herself, and stood firm in her beliefs too.

    The storyline in this was about Wylie ending up admitted to hospital and meeting a whole group of other outliers like herself. She then escaped the hospital and went on a hunt for more information, learning more and more about what was going on along the way. The pace in this seemed better than the first book, and things moved along nicely, the mystery aspect was also done well, and I liked the little twists we got thrown.

    The ending to this held a bit of a surprise, although I had wondered if Wylie’s beliefs about a certain person were really true.

    7 out of 10

  • Ginny Kavanagh
    May 21, 2017

    The trouble with reading a Young Adult series, if you are not a young adult, is you forget what happened in the preceding book. At least I did. Our heroine is an anxiety-ridden, hyper-sensitive mess. Her problems are exacerbated by the fact that she is an "Outlier." She can read emotions--not exactly my idea of a super power. But It's only a matter of time before she will be able to read minds as well. And there are bad people who either want to kill all of the outliers (all girls) or use their

    The trouble with reading a Young Adult series, if you are not a young adult, is you forget what happened in the preceding book. At least I did. Our heroine is an anxiety-ridden, hyper-sensitive mess. Her problems are exacerbated by the fact that she is an "Outlier." She can read emotions--not exactly my idea of a super power. But It's only a matter of time before she will be able to read minds as well. And there are bad people who either want to kill all of the outliers (all girls) or use their talents for their own nefarious purposes. Other than a shock at the end, this was a fairly dull book. But by the time the next one comes out, I will have forgotten how dull this one was.

  • Laura Lineberger
    May 31, 2017

    The Scattering had too much of what I *didn't* like about The Outliers and not enough of what I *did*.

    So, to recap my review of The Outliers (book 1), what I really liked was how fast-paced and thrilling it was and the relationship between Wylie and Jasper (especially the character of Jasper). What I didn't like was how implausible much of it was and the bad decisions by the main characters.

    I was really looking forward to book 2, despite not really liking how weird the last 1/3 of the first book

    The Scattering had too much of what I *didn't* like about The Outliers and not enough of what I *did*.

    So, to recap my review of The Outliers (book 1), what I really liked was how fast-paced and thrilling it was and the relationship between Wylie and Jasper (especially the character of Jasper). What I didn't like was how implausible much of it was and the bad decisions by the main characters.

    I was really looking forward to book 2, despite not really liking how weird the last 1/3 of the first book was. A minor gripe I have about this book was how poorly it recapped the secondary characters....mainly, the people at the camp. The first book got so convoluted and had SO many twists that I finished it not really understanding who were the okay people vs. the villains. A few were referred to in the second book, but I couldn't remember the details (even though I just read the first book less than a month ago...which again speaks to how weird and confusing the end of that book was). I still wasn't confident in my understanding of who knew about her dad's research and had vested interests in it and why. I'm also still not really getting the whole bloody baby doll thing.

    There was not enough of what I liked from the Outliers...mainly how fast paced and thrilling it was. This book is extremely slow for the first half. I felt like waaay too much time was spent at that hospital...I just didn't care and, while it might have been relevant, I didn't FEEL like it was all that relevant so I got bored. There aren't a lot of thrills in this one either, IMO. There were a few cases of the main character(s) running from/into danger, but not as well-written and exciting as in the first book. The other thing I liked about book 1 was the character of Jasper and his relationship with Wylie. Jasper is only present in about 1/3 of this book, and Wylie is MUCH less likable without him there.

    There was TOO much of the same stuff I didn't like about book 1...mainly, the bad decisions of Wylie. It became extremely frustrating to me that she thought she knew everything even though it was pretty clear that she didn't and that she's probably wrong about nearly everyone. I can't really tell if we are SUPPOSED to believe everything Wylie thinks is true or if we're meant to see through it. It feels like Jasper has a decent brain, but he ALWAYS ends up caving in to whatever wild belief/notion that Wylie has. For someone who supposedly has such great intuition, Wylie never actually knows what's going on, who's good or bad, etc. It's really annoying to dislike the protagonist and her actions/decision-making in a book so much.

    Lastly, the ending. Oh good grief, that ending. I want to avoid any specific spoilers, but NOTHING ENDS!!!! NOTHING. SERIOUSLY. NONE of the story lines actually wrap up. Cliff hangers are great, I get it. The last book ended up with one and it actually helped encourage me to read the next (although the last cliff hanger turned out to be ENTIRELY irrelevant to any of the plot of the next book). But I'm not talking about the obvious cliffhanger...that one was pretty intriguing. I'm talking about the actual plot of the 2nd book. None of it concludes at all. I read a lot of book series, and the way they should work is that each book's specific story gets told but certain elements of the larger story continue. This book is awful as an individual story. I was so frustrated when I hit the last page that I audibly yelled....and not in a good way of anticipation...just plain frustration. I'm positive I will have forgotten important elements of the plot in the year(ish?) it will take for the next installment. It's also very likely that I will have lost the somewhat-interest that I have now by that time.

    Anyway, in the slim-to-none chance that anybody ever actually reads this, I don't necessarily NOT recommend this book, but I definitely don't think you should read it until the rest of the series comes out. And if you didn't like the Outliers, I doubt you'll like this one any more.

  • Kristy
    Jun 20, 2017

    Note that this review may (will) have spoilers if you haven't read the first book in McCreight's Outliers series.

    Now that we pick up with the second book, Wylie and Jasper have escaped the camp in Maine. But they are both deeply affected by what happened there, especially Cassie's death--each feels guilty in their own way. Further, Wylie is still coming to terms with her ability as an Outlier--to read people's thoughts and emotions--and what it means for real life. She's getting better with her

    Note that this review may (will) have spoilers if you haven't read the first book in McCreight's Outliers series.

    Now that we pick up with the second book, Wylie and Jasper have escaped the camp in Maine. But they are both deeply affected by what happened there, especially Cassie's death--each feels guilty in their own way. Further, Wylie is still coming to terms with her ability as an Outlier--to read people's thoughts and emotions--and what it means for real life. She's getting better with her skill, but does that mean it's also of value to others in the community or the military? It seems like the answer is yes, especially when Wylie gets picked up by the police and taken to a local hospital. There, on an isolated wing, she finds a group of girls similar to herself. She's convinced she's among other Outliers, but they are under heavy security and Wylie senses something is amiss. She has to get the girls (and herself) to safety--before it's too late.

    So, I read the first book in this series,

    , back in March 2016 and enjoyed it, but the Outlier storyline took some getting used to. I found the second novel to be far more enjoyable, as I was now prepared for the start for the story to revolve around Wylie, her Outlier abilities, and the fact that shadowy Government forces seem to be involved in seeking the Outliers and potentially having some control over their abilities. Probably my only complaint with this novel--and it actually has nothing really to do with the book itself, is that it's a little jumpy and confusing. Most of this would probably be resolved if I had a better memory, as a lot of the book relies on what happened in the first novel. I am not sure that you could just jump into this series without reading the first book--as I have

    said first book and was still confused a few times and had to go back to my previous review to remind myself what happened.

    Otherwise, this is a really exciting book, and I found it a great change of pace from some of the usual thrillers and other fare that I've been reading lately. If you're prepared for the plot (maybe suspend a little disbelief), it's a fast-paced read, and I often found myself lamenting when I couldn't read it. The novel is full of twists and turns, and it constantly keeps you guessing. McCreight has created a strong character in Wylie: she's tough and willing to fight for herself and those around her, even as she struggles with her own anxiety and the fact that she's an Outlier. Most of the novel focuses on Wylie, and she can hold her own. We meet some new characters in this one--all of whom add to the intricacy of the story--and some familiar faces from the first book pop up: many of whom will surprise (and confuse) you.

    Overall, I think McCreight is coming into her own with this series. As far as I can tell, this is going to be a trilogy, and often, the second book in a trilogy can lag a bit, but not so here. Also, this one ends with a major cliffhanger (so much waiting for resolution!), and I'm fascinated to see how McCreight will resolve everything in just one book! But I'll definitely be reading it the moment it comes out!

    You can read my review of book one in the series, THE OUTLIERS,

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