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- Print Length: 276 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151480011X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012UOU4KO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Into the Outside: A POST APOCALYPTIC NOVEL Kindle Edition
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Lynda brings the troubles of both the shelter people and outsiders to life in such a way that it truly makes you wondered if this could really happen. She combines the action/adventure of the outside with an uncanny love story that truly melts the heart.
If you’re looking for your next post apocalyptic story that hits home then I full heartedly suggest checking Into the Outside out!
Although I don't read a lot of YA fiction, I loved the concept of this story so I was very excited to read it. It certainly did not disappoint. The themes were also more mature than a typical YA story so I didn't feel as if I needed to be younger in order to enjoy it.
Fifty years after the world was destroyed by nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, there are now two classes of humans: "normal" humans who live in underground shelters and "mutants" who live above ground. The toxic environment has caused abnormalities in the genes of those who live in the outside world. They have severely shortened life spans, yet they still want to continue their species so they reproduce at extremely young ages.
Isabella is a sixteen-year-old girl who has lived in an underground shelter with her family all her life. When she sees a mutant tribe in the outside world, she becomes fascinated with them, especially the tribe leader, Malcolm. After making the frightening decision to sneak out of her shelter to watch them, she continues to do so and ends up meeting Malcolm and befriending him. They eventually fall in love, and she now has an even bigger decision to make: should she live in the dangerous outside world so she can be with him, or should she stay with her family in the shelter where she is safe?
This is a thought provoking story that really got me thinking. What would I do if I were in her situation? I can understand why she would want to leave. She feels as if she's imprisoned, and there isn't much to look forward to. Her life feels somewhat meaningless and empty in the shelter. She isn't really living. But in the shelter, she is safe. She has plenty to eat, and she is surrounded by her family. If she leaves, she will never see them again. It will be a harsh life living out in the elements, and the poisons will probably kill her at a young age. Yet, she will be with the man she loves, and she will get to experience so much more, even if a lot of it is terrifying and difficult. I'm still not sure what I would do. I'm not even sure that I would have been brave enough to leave the shelter in the first place. I would like to think that I would be, but I wouldn't know unless I were in her shoes. It's easy to say that you would be courageous enough to leave, while speaking hypothetically, when you have a warm bed to sleep in and a fridge full of food.
The other interesting theme is that the shelter people see the mutants as sub-human. It is human nature, after all, to be afraid of or dislike others who are different. That has been shown throughout history, so it's not surprising that they would feel this way. And I have to admit, when I hear the word mutant, I think of The Hills Have Eyes kind of mutants, who are portrayed as vicious cannibals. So, I loved seeing life through Malcolm's perspective; he was not a scary, evil mutant. I really liked his character, and I empathized with him. Being that I'm such a sucker for romance, I was definitely enthralled by the relationship between Malcolm and Isabella.
This was a quick and easy read, and I'm so glad that it is the basis for a novel that will be coming out soon. The ending definitely left me wanting to read more. I look forward to seeing how this story will progress. Highly recommended.
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