Outside (Outside Series #1)

Outside (Outside Series #1)

by Shalini Boland

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A thrilling post-apocalyptic adventure...

The future is divided by Perimeters: high-security gated communities where life goes on as normal. If you’re inside you’re lucky. If you’re outside, life expectancy takes a nose dive.

Riley is fortunate to have been born on the right side of the fence. But her life of privilege comes crashing down when someone breaks through and murders her sister.

She forsakes her own safety to go in search of the killer. Luc decides to go with her otherwise she’ll be dead before she’s past the security gate. But what awaits her outside is more unbelievable than she ever expected.

Cut to the present day, where Eleanor's world is falling apart. This time next year, civilisation won't be quite so civilised . . .

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011416217
Publisher: Adrenalin Books
Publication date: 07/20/2011
Series: Outside , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 75,609
File size: 308 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two children where she grabs every spare second to write gripping suspense and dark adventures. Be the first to hear about new releases here: http://eepurl.com/xx65f Now available: The Child Next Door The Secret Mother The Girl from the Sea - a gripping psychological thriller The Best Friend - a chilling psychological thriller The Millionaire's Wife - a twisty psychological thriller The OUTSIDE series - a post-apocalyptic adventure The MARCHWOOD VAMPIRE Series - an epic romantic supernatural adventure A SHIRTFUL OF FROGS - a WW2 time-twisting adventure

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Outside 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm becoming a fan of Shalini Boland's style - the alternating timelines and the twists in the storyline. I can't get enough of the post-apocalyptic genre and this didn't disappoint. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I gave this a go. It was original and quirky. The twists were unexpected and I was sorry when it ended. I guess it's aimed at young adults, but as a 'not so young adult' I loved it. A very enjoyable story and I wish there was a sequel.
jodanilo More than 1 year ago
`Outside' is one of those books that pulls you effortlessly through from beginning to end. I suspect that Shalini Boland's obvious enthusiasm and energy as a writer is the culprit for this. She clearly loves her characters. She loves her settings. She loves sending you down all the little twists and turns she has crafted. You can tell that she loved every minute of writing it. The excitement is catching. As a reader, this kind of writer is perfect for guaranteed fast-paced entertainment full of adventure. Highly recommended, and especially timely following the recent riots. I can also recommend Hidden by the same author for exactly the same reasons.
pete67 More than 1 year ago
This hooked me straight away. Firstly because the set-up is so good and believable. I could imagine `Perimeters' springing up, keeping the rich people separate from everyone else. I really liked Riley. She's vulnerable but has the guts to go `outside' and find her sister's killer. In fact, all the characters are strong in this and some are downright terrifying. There's a wicked twist and a smart secondary story that runs along alternately with Riley's. For me, Outside quite happily sits alongside the Hunger Games on the bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such an unexpected find - adventure, romance and some great twists. I finished it in a couple of days because I couldn't stop reading.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
This is a post-apocalyptic romance tale. The World in the future is separated by Perimeters that are high security gated communities , where life goes on as normal. if you're inside you are lucky, if you're outside your survival rate is not looking so good. Riley is born on the inside, so lives a good privileged life, but it all comes crashing down around her when the perimeter is broken and her sister is murdered. Riley forsakes her safety and goes on a search for the killer. Luc decides to go with her , as if not, Riley wouldn't make it past the security gates. What awaits Riley on the Outside is more unbelievable than she could ever have imagined. I really enjoyed reading this dystopian novel There was a little romance, plenty of action, suspense,drama and of course a few twists thrown in. I will not give away spoilers but will say it didn't end how I expected. I initially didn't join the two time zones together but at the end it all becomes clear. In places its really sad and it shows how one person's actions can have a knock on effect on everyone else. The whole idea of the rioters and having to build perimeters was actually made even more believable by the awful riots going on in the UK whilst I was reading this not so far fetched novel. If you love dystopian you will love this, in fact I would call it a must read for dystopian fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot sounded good, but the book wasn't great. Disorganized and hard to read.
ShaynaVaradeaux77 More than 1 year ago
The book begins with trouble. A daunting future of mankind. I was mortified as the events unfolded. It was gut wrenching to read of the death of a fourteen year old girl at the hands of a monster. The murder itself was not described that much in the beginning but the more pieces to the puzzle that surfaced the worse I felt about it. Make no mistake, The Outside is a fast paced, intriguing read that pulls you in and hangs on until the very end. A world divided into perimeters by terror was a staggering notion but this one is a very believable and gripping read! Shalini weaves a world into your mind that rivals Mad Max's story by far. Leaving a lasting impression in my mind forever. Riley is brave and scared all at the same time. Luc is sweet but I was so very leery of every male in the story because of how her little sister was murdered. Their mother has completely lost it and gone off the wagon and their father is not so much useless but his hands are tied. They live in the Perimeter which turns out to be a better place to grow up than Riley realized. She has been weapons trained and she knows how to survive. But on the outside she is quickly seeing how dirty and gritty life is and how the comforts of the perimeter are not how everyone lives. Eleanor's story runs in tandem though it's more in the present than Riley in the future. Her trivial world of friends, love and boys is crashing down as chaos and terror take a toll on the world as a whole. So many deaths, so many wounded and lost. Eleanor finds love and gets so wrapped up in him that she is taken by surprise when things do finally go to the dogs. Any of it is manageable so long as she has Connor. But jealousy and an evil mind hatch a plan that separates them and she is devastated, her friend tells her he's dead and she is left to grieve her young love.. Riley and Luc are out to search for her sister's escaped murderer. She begins to doubt she has made the right decision. Her mom who got loaded after her sister's death is now moved out of the perimeter and gone to stay with her own parents. Riley loves her mom but hates that she has had to go through the grief alone. Her Pa is so broken he really isn't much comfort either, Riley has mixed feelings about leaving him with nothing more than a note as to where she has gone and why. She and Luc face outstanding odds along their journey finding bandits, lunatics, as well as nice, honest hard working folks. Or at least they thought they encountered nice folks, that turned out to be iffy. Suppressed feelings between Riley and Luc bubble and fade in Riley's uncertainty. They make narrow escapes and have their lives on the line on more than one occasion. She gets so close to taking out THE James Grey, he is a self proclaimed messiah and nut job supreme adding a sinister, greater good edge to the story. Loved the whole fork fiasco, bravo. Riley faces bombshells upon her return and is faced with the harsh reality and the real reasons besides just the death of a child, that her mom has gone off the deep end. Her mother's story was played out so well that when the light bulb moment happens, things shift into place. Having an understanding of her as a woman and all she has been through gives such depth to an already deep story. This book has such substance that it needs time to settle after reading and at times I had trouble digesting what my mind was figuring out. I mean Shalini Boland literally blew my mind! Bravo, good job, so glad I have book two in my possession! I would indeed read this book again and I definitely recommend it. A Dystopian high in grit and reality, love it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was original as was the characters. The flashing back and fourth between 2 different people in 1st person would have better and less confusing if the two point of views were on the same time line. Instead one point of view was from the past while the other was from the present. The details of the environment around the characters as the story unfolds was well described. The ending was different and left feeling like nothing was resolved. I hope it was done that way for future books. The author's writing style was amazing.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book except there was NO ENDING!!! Apparently not even a sequel is forthcoming. Very disappointing. Don't know why authors do that.
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This book was way too far fetched. The charater development was lacking. Fast read and someehar entertaining. Great teen book.
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Marj2011 More than 1 year ago
A new world, well thought out, a world with perimeters and boundaries, Inside and Outside, and guards to protect the privileged insiders. What I didn't like about it is that it's written in 1st person, but with more than one in 1st person. I find more than one 'I' irritating and sometimes confusing, no matter how clearly marked. Better simply to write in 3rd person. Aside from that, it is very well written, each of the main characters fully realised, and the storyline full of action. Twists and turns and a thoroughly suitable ending. Recommended.
VarietyReaderIA More than 1 year ago
More for the young adult but I enjoyed it. Good what if and what would I do if in the same world situation.
Suzy_Turner More than 1 year ago
Over a year ago I had the privilege of reading what has now become one of my all-time favourite YA vampire books. The book was called Hidden and it was written by fellow indie author, Shalini Boland. Since then, I have been eagerly awaiting her to release more. Imagine my delight, therefore, when I noticed she'd released a book entitled Outside. Initially I thought it was the long awaited sequel to Hidden. I was completely wrong about that, of course, but it didn't matter. I soon discovered that Outside was not about vampires or the supernatural, but about a dystopian society in south western England. I was hooked. Ever since childhood when I read a book called Z for Zachariah, I've loved dystopian novels, post apocalyptic novels, anything set in a world gone wrong. Outside is exactly the kind of story I love, about a young couple who embark on a journey through potential terrifying locations to try and avenge something horrifying that happens in the beginning of the book. I'm not saying any more because I'd hate to give anything away. What I will say, though, is that Outside is simply brilliant. Shalini's writing just flows beautifully and I can't wait to read more from her. I wonder if Outside is the first in a series too? I hope so... I can certainly see the potential for many more! But I guess I'll just have to wait and see. I need to be patient! All in all, a fabulous read.
Kristen Nelson More than 1 year ago
Only 2.99 for 700 pages!!!!! Really good! I like her book Hidden a little bit better but still really good from page 1.
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