The Clearing (Outside Series #2)

The Clearing (Outside Series #2)

by Shalini Boland

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The Clearing (Outside Series #2) by Shalini Boland

In the ravaged future, children are disappearing.

Riley lives safely behind her Perimeter Fence, but soon she'll have to confront the terrible truth of what's happening outside. An old enemy is approaching. Threatening to extinguish her way of life.

To save herself, Riley must fight to save another. She must put herself in the last place she ever wanted to be.

This is the terrifying sequel to OUTSIDE.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780956998569
Publisher: Creative Adrenalin Ltd
Publication date: 01/14/2013
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Clearing (Outside Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy from Shalini Boland in exchange or my honest review. The cover has a desolate feel to it in the blueish grey colours and the girl standing near the window. I suppose the girl could be Riley, but after reading the book I think it is Liss looking longingly outside to a possible freedom from inside the canonary where she is being held. where Grey and his devout followers try and brain wash young people into becoming zombie like beings who obey orders without any other thought. The blurb is suitably criptic which I like. There's action, suspense, thrills, drama, friendship and a touch of romance. The Riley and Luc relationship status is still kind of up in the air, do things go any further? You'll have to read to find out! So in this book once again Riley and Luc team up with another character from Bk#1 Denzil to try and break in the compound. Yes, you read it right they want to get in! The reason they want to get in is to rescue Liss and FJ. Though things don't quite go to plan, when one of those they are going to rescue ends up having to be taken forcibly! But do they manage to all get out alive? Mind you, the lie those in the compound live is a monotonous one, where they worship Grey, who calls himself the father. Grey's voice has been damaged so he need a vessel to speak through. that vessel/person turns out to be someone you wouldn't expect it to be. There's plenty of surprises and little twists and turns. You sort of make your mind up as you are reading and think oh this is going to happen and then one thing changes and everything is turned on it's head. The book has a fairly fast pace, you definitely hate to put it down, I read it in just two sessions. I think had I had the time I would have read the book in one sitting. The book ends in such a way that you immediately want to read the third book too. So did you enjoy this book? I loved it. The Clearing is a brilliant dystopian/post apocalyptic novel. Would I recommend this book? Yes, I recommend this series so far, it's a MUST read for dystopian/post apocalyptic genre fans. Would I want to read more in this series? OoOoo yes please, I'd read it now if it was available. I felt this way after reading BK#1 in this series too. Would I read more books by Shalini Boland? I would definitely take a look at any/all books by Shalini as I do enjoy her writing style, she truly makes it so easy to read her books.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
My Review of Book One: Outside Book two of Shalini Boland's Outside series is much more intense and exciting than the first book.  While the first book seemed to be done in small little episodes - book two has a much larger story arc that continues to build throughout the entire story.  Again the storyline jumps from the past - following a little girl names Liss after she is kidnapped from her parents - to the present of Riley and Luc attempting to rescue her from a compound known for kidnapping and brainwashing children to build an army. Liss's story is tragic and frightening.  Boland does a fantastic job portraying the events she needs to overcome in order to resist the brainwashing that she is being subjected to on a daily basis.  Riley and Luc, having just returned from their dangerous trek in search for the killer of Riley's sister, are sent outside the perimeter to help find and rescue Liss in return for some valuable information on a deadly enemy. Full of excitement and adventure, the book was much easier to sit down and read straight through than the first.  Boland's writing seems to have developed in a fantastic way.  The world that is built really develops and there is a lot of character building as well.  Most of the time I don't like the second as much as the first or the ones that follow - this was a welcome surprise that I really enjoyed.
ShaynaVaradeaux77 More than 1 year ago
Riley and Luc are home and safe for the time being but how long can it last. She's realizing that her feelings are more than what she believed. She is still so unsure of everything that is happening. Her parents are just getting over almost losing her and the mess that Ellie had made when things begin their inevitable spiral. Riley and Luc are out on a picnic when it's cut short by visitors that are being held in jail. Come to find out the duo that duped them and nearly got them killed were double crossed by the almighty James Grey. They are desperate and trade help for information about the psychotic and vengeance seeking leader of The Close. Things are being stirred up outside their perimeter as Grey unleashes his armies of the brainwashed. Riley is resolved to do what she can for those who need saving. Luc would never let her go on alone. Her Pa, Johnny is not happy with the entire situation but with Grey closing in on the surrounding perimeters and slowly taking over everything, he's left with little choice but to let the young pair go off to the very place he never wanted them to return. He is off himself to secure the other perimeters and lead a stand against the evil Grey. Riley reluctantly must employ help from a man she would rather have nothing to do with but Connor is connected and as an electrician he is a prized commodity to any perimeter. They go off on a dicey gig to get in and out and hopefully retrieve the two things their double crossed cohorts would do anything for. Then there's a tandem story in The Clearing that chills you to the bone. Lissy is young and scared when she is taken from all she has known. At the age of seven she is taken to The Close and indoctrinated, but made wise by a brave girl, giving her sort of an upper hand. "Don't drink the soup." will stick with me for certain. She claims a young frightened four year old is her sister so that she may be allowed to look after the four year old. She is growing weary in their captivity and desperately wonders where they have her brother. He is a bit older but was taken as well. All sorts of things unfold at her first service in the presence of the self proclaimed almighty appointed James Grey. Liss finds out what penalty there is for those who do not adjust to their new blessed and chosen life. She finds out the brave girl who made her wise has been being help captive and is sentenced to a worse fate. The account of this very happening sent shivers down my spine. She is given a new name and she and the young girl she had take under her wing Annabella are given new, holy names. Liss is now Deborah and Annabelle is Anna. Years pass, nine to be exact when Liss has fallen into her duties and learned well how to blend in with the rest of the inhabitants of The Close. She is put in charge of her dorm and life goes on. Eventually Grey must take a right hand man to do his speaking and they call him The Voice of the father. Lissy is devastated when she sees who this man is and passes out! Iwould have too! Meanwhile, Riley and Luc meet up with a surprise of an old friend and are off to see if Connor has come through or not. Riley hates having to trust the man she has little faith in but given the circumstances she is left with little choice. They wait for days for Connor but are finally met on the outskirts be a young female instead with one heck of a story. The tidbits of this are staying unspoiled. I just won't but wow! With Connor and Liss both in the dungeon, Riley, Luc and Denzil a old friend who helped them in The Outside, have no choice but to risk it all on a suicide mission to get Lissy and Connor out. They are determined to get a very warped, "Voice" *aka* F.J. out too. Him and Liss are what they came for anyhow, but Riley can't help but want to nip the entire impending war in the bud by taking out Grey as well. Tensions ran so high in this book I was having to take a break! It is such a fast paced read that has you reading paragraphs at record speed. The story converges and turns to one as all of the characters converge as well. And oh, man! Such an epic part of the book, truly nail biting. And some of the things that transpired made me cry so much, it was so sad. I really wished it would have been different in that moment but the story is filled with tragedy. It is a post- apocalyptic dystopian after all. There was an eeriness about the last part as the disciples of Grey were amassed, it was so wicked, lifting the hairs on my arms with just the thought of their chanting. Barely getting out of harms clutches is getting to be the norm for Riley and Luc, I do hope they sort the personal stuff out next book! It was really a great read and I am so not joking about how gripping this series truly is. It captivates you and pulls you along and you eagerly follow hanging on every word down to the last. Not a dull moment or an unrealistic one for that matter. I am so unbelievably happy I had book 3 in my eager clutches. I would have truly hated to wait to read Perimeter! Loving this series immensely!