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OUTSIDE - a post-apocalyptic novel (Outside Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shalini Boland
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A post-apocalyptic romance thriller.

The world of 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.

Sixteen-year-old 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 the Perimeter 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 . . .

Praise For OUTSIDE:

'I was completely shocked at how all the events unfolded at the end. I really did not see it coming ... If you like post-apocalyptic books, this story is for you.'
- Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews.

'Outside is written in a way that kept me flipping through the pages, biting my fingernails and that good old 'one more chapter' feeling was ever-present.'
- The Aussie Zombie.

'A post-apocalyptic road trip thriller with the accelerator firmly on the floor.'
- Faye Meredith, author of Becoming Edward

Suitable for adults and teens.


Editorial Reviews

Review

'I was completely shocked at how all the events unfolded at the end. I really did not see it coming ... If you like post-apocalyptic books, this story is for you.' - Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews

'Outside is written in a way that kept me flipping through the pages, biting my fingernails and that good old 'one more chapter' feeling was ever-present.' - The Aussie Zombie

'Personally I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good YA post-apocalyptic book, anyone who likes compelling plots, and gripping moments that keep you turning that page over and over again.' -
A Daydreamer's Thoughts

'A post-apocalyptic road trip thriller with the accelerator firmly on the floor.'
- Faye Meredith, author of Becoming Edward 

About the Author

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing dark adventures (in between doing the school run and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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*****THE PERIMETER (Outside Series #3) IS NOW AVAILABLE*****

Now available:
OUTSIDE - a post-apocalyptic novel (Outside Series #1)
THE CLEARING (Outside Series #2)
THE PERIMETER (Outside Series #3)
HIDDEN (Marchwood Vampire Series #1)
THICKER THAN BLOOD (Marchwood Vampire Series #2)
A SHIRTFUL OF FROGS

Coming 2014:
Book 3 in the Marchwood Vampire Series

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shaliniboland.co.uk

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Adrenalin Books (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DLQC0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Outside" was a wonderful surprise! December 6, 2011
By Kammy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was such a wonderful surprise. I purchased this Kindle ebook edition off Amazon recently for only $2.99 and so was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a great read. From the first page I could not put it down. The book was tagged as a "post-apocalyptic romance thriller," but it is so much more than that. This truly believable future world is divided by Perimeters: high-security gated communities for the privileged, where life goes on as normal. The strong female lead Riley, is a seventeen year old girl who was lucky enough to be born on the right side of the fence. But when someone breaks through the Perimeter and murders her younger sister Skye, she talks her seventeen-year-old neighbour Luc into helping her go in search of the killer. I was intrigued with Shalini Boland's unique writing style as she weaved a mysterious secondary storyline throughout Riley's first person account of the main story. There were lots of twists and turns and nonstop action and this book will keep you guessing right up to the last page. Finally mixed in with all the mystery and action is a wonderful tender young romance. This book ranks right up there with my all time favourite books. I give 'Outside' five big stars.*****
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read by a great writer December 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a lover of post-apocalyptic fiction, Outside by Shalini Boland appealed to me from the start. Add in that this is post-apocalyptic Britain, and I was hooked.

Outside is told from the perspective of two teenage girls, Ellie and Riley; Ellie lives in pre-civil war Britain, and Riley in a post-war time of gated communities and the dangers of `Outside'. While the civil war and the decline of civilisation is witnessed by Ellie in one time, Riley's younger sister is murdered by one of those who become uncivilised in another. Riley, along with her neighbour Luc, goes on a quest to try and find her sister's murder.

The story is both believable and engaging, the characters painted very well and the settings are terrifyingly believable. The story unfolds in ways that are both clever and subtle. I did not link the two narrating characters together initially, as the writer cleverly hides their connections, but towards the end of the novel the two timelines intertwine in a way that could not be predicted!

A fabulous book - well written, engaging and very `real', in a world where terror attacks and riots are becoming all too familiar. I will be eagerly anticipating the next installment in this series!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did I waste my money? January 6, 2012
By Joni
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought Outside based on all of the great reviews and because it was only a few bucks. Sadly, It wasn't even worth that. To begin, I really liked the first 1/4 of the book. The beginning was creative, and really captured my interest. But as I read on I was disappointed. To summarize, the book just didn't go anywhere. Riley and Luc get into a mishap, rescue themselves, and then get into another mishap. There wasn't really a plot; it was like a bunch of mismatched adventures. And don't even get me started about the religious zealots.

But the worst part was the ending. The ending was ridiculous.I won't give anything away, but basically it made the whole book pointless. The ending didn't accomplish anything. Anyways, I did finish it, so it wasn't completely terrible, but I wish I didn't waste a few bucks.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay. April 10, 2012
By Janyaa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a decent book, I'd rate it 3 1/2 stars. It's one of those books that you blow through in one sitting and enjoy the ride while you're on it, but it doesn't necessarily stick with you afterwards.

Although I liked the characters, they didn't feel fully realized or fleshed out to me. Riley seemed inconsistent in her mannerisms. First she's strong and wants to go pursue her sister's killer, she manages to keep her wits about her and save herself and Luc from certain danger, and then she's breaking down and crying and feeling too overwhelmed.

Luc was a guy of few words, so it was hard to get a good read on him. He loves Riley enough to leave the perimeter with her, but then seems to get easily irritated with her and chooses to be cold and distant. Not only that, but it was very convenient that both of them were highly trained in weaponry and combat. While it makes sense that all kids would have that type of training, it doesn't get mentioned until they actually need the skills. Plus, it goes directly against the image that these kids have grown up in a pampered, privileged existence up until this point. If the author had found a way to incorporate that into the story before it was needed, it would have felt more authentic.

I did like how there were two storylines running from chapter to chapter, although at first I didn't catch on that it was two different perspectives because the tones were so similar. Yet, even with the backstory of Eleanor, I found that I couldn't have a lot of sympathty for what she'd done in the end. After all those years of being loved and building a life, I would have thought her choices would have been different. Or, at the very least, harder to make.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cant put down October 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Couldn't stop reading really kept me interested...very good book loved it. The book really threw me wasn't expecting the ending so excited for the next book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! Kept me interested the entire way through
Very good book! Kept me interested the entire way through. The characters are interesting and the story compelling. Loved it!
Published 1 day ago by deborah newbern
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A post-apocalyptic novel about character growth as they travel through...
A good novel with believable and relatable characters and, more importantly, a very realistic world that they live in. Read more
Published 13 days ago by JMC
4.0 out of 5 stars From Underground Book Reviews
With a thrilling pace that doesn’t let up, Outside is a very engaging read. Most books have the turning-point moment (the point of no return) in chapter two or three, but Boland... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Underground Book Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Picked for my library. Go on long trips frequently ...
Picked for my library. Go on long trips frequently and have a large selection on hand so I am prepared. Also part of my Hurricane prep. Once read I shall update the evaluation.
Published 16 days ago by B. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars What an unexpectedly good read!
I downloaded this book because it was free and I am pleasantly surprised. This book although set in dystopia is not your typical dystopian read. Read more
Published 17 days ago by LadyLox
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing overall - great ideas but a very weak plot
This second book in the Shattered Worlds dystopian collection is a mixture of great ideas and disappointing results. Read more
Published 21 days ago by E. VanZwoll
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not overly impressive. Lots of typos, needs a serious editing job. Characters were shallow.

Sorry :(
Published 29 days ago by Doohicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Outside
Outside was a surprisingly good book. It wasn't quite as dystopian as I expected, being merely a setting for the story rather than the story itself, which was a very well written... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Outside
This was a good book. The story line was different thought it would be more zombie with the title,but was a nice surprise for a change. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by riverratpup
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More About the Author

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing dark adventures (in between doing the school run and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about new releases here: http://eepurl.com/xx65f

*****THE PERIMETER (Outside Series #3) IS NOW AVAILABLE*****

Now available:
OUTSIDE - a post-apocalyptic novel (Outside Series #1)
THE CLEARING (Outside Series #2)
THE PERIMETER (Outside Series #3)
HIDDEN (Marchwood Vampire Series #1)
THICKER THAN BLOOD (Marchwood Vampire Series #2)
A SHIRTFUL OF FROGS

Coming 2014:
Book 3 in the Marchwood Vampire Series

http://www.facebook.com/ShaliniBolandAuthor
http://www.shaliniboland.co.uk

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