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Outside (Outside #1)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  1,226 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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 safet...more
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Published July 21st 2011
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Faye Meredith
I'm a big fan of post-apocolyptic novels, but what set this apart for me is that the setting for Outside could actually happen in the next 20 years if things continue the way they are. And that made it far more terrifying. I loved the intelligent plotting and intertwining storylines - all is not quite what it seems. Riley, the main character, is spot on, she's both brave and terrified in equal measure. Loved it.
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The world has been changed by a series of terror attacks, causing riots and subsequently segregation of the population into Perimeters for those who are lucky enough to have money and connections, or isolated trading posts where large parts of the population live in close quarters on the knifes edge of poverty. Religious nuts, raiders and scavengers roam the landscape looking for converts or victims.

Most of the focus is on the two main characters, Riley and Luc, as they leave the safety of the...more
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, i...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
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 w...more
Lynette Aspey
This is a copy of the review I left on Amazon.

Shalini Boland has given us a realistic backdrop to her post-collapse YA love-story. I was particularly impressed by the way she used two different, interwoven timelines to give perspective on both the social breakdown and rise of the perimeters, and her story--managing to bring both these threads together in her conclusion. Nicely done. I enjoyed this drive through an English landscape changed by societal collapse, as much as I did the tale of two...more
Peter Boland
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 alongsid...more
Suzy Turner
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...more
Feb 16, 2012 Damali rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
4.5 stars.

Society has collapsed, and the lucky ones live in gated communities armed by private guards. Outside of these communities, there are no laws. This story is set in England. Riley's 14-year-old sister has been murdered, so she leaves her Perimeter to search for the killer. The story also has a second POV, which I won't say much about because it's meant to be a surprise, but it really added to the overall story, and I loved the not knowing for sure what it was all about until close to the...more
The story is a little all over the place and once you find out the identities of a few key persons, it becomes very predictable. The only reason for the post-apocalyptic setting is "terroist bombings" and there's no more depth to it than that. The twilight-esque "I'm so totally attracted to him that i can't focus on anything else" almost put me off, especially when this nonsense starts immediately in the second chapter and then proceeds to go nowhere other than to say the two get to be all mushy...more
Jen (Fefferbooks)
came across Outside on a recommendation from Amazon. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with those Kindle store recommendations; sometimes they’re fantastic, and I get sucked into a whole series based on a lovely little suggestion.

Other times, they are crap.

We’ve been going through a bit of a crap phase lately, and I’ve had some samples I couldn’t even get through. I had to approach Outside with extreme caution, but it wasn’t horrible. In the end, I felt this one had real undeveloped poten...more
I was impressed with this book. I don’t normally go for the two character mix story. This was very well written and smooth. Riley is such a powerful girl. Powerful to the sense that she can admit when she has done wrong and is scarred. So many main characters in many books only focus on the strong points or the weak points.
Shalini Boland
A post-apocalytic romance thriller with a series of twists and turns.
I give up.
Shaz Goodwin
Outside is set in a post apocalyptic Britain, where groups of residents have set up secure enclaves to shelter from the lawless un-predictable world outside. Following the story of two girls in different era’s, both have to make tough decisions which will have ramifications for their families.

Riley, traumatised by the death of her sister is determined to seek revenge and ventures out into the “real” world in search of the murderer, but her privileged, sheltered life means there is no way she cou...more
Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews & Editing
Shalini Boland weaves a story of ‘Perimeters’ and devastation in a post-apocalyptic world. This story is told from two different character point of views, from different times in their history. Riley, a sixteen year old girl, who grew up inside the Perimeter walls, born after the terror attacks and devastation that happened to the world, and Eleanor, another teenage girl before the attacks. The ‘Perimeters’ are closed communities of people who are lucky, and rich, enough to buy safety. Others ar...more
I had higher hopes for this book.
It starts out slow.
Too slow.
Living secluded and secure, as the characters do, inside the perimeter didn’t help my liking of the book any either.
It made the main character, Riley, seem too sheltered and vulnerable.
She was subtle and vague and didn't really do much of anything worthy of noting other than laughing at her sisters death and getting herself and Luc into trouble.
Laughing at someones death, especially in your family, is so n...more
(I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review)

Riley lives inside the perimeter, she's one of the lucky ones. With wastelands full of people doing anything they can do to survive, Outside is a dangerous place to be. Though, after suffering from the loss of her sister, This young girl puts her life in danger to bring her sister some justice.

"Thinking of Skye gives me a shot of courage. No matter how scared i feel about everything, I know i have to do this for her. She was m...more
Although the setting of this novel would be considered post-apocalyptic that really is not what the story is about. I would place it more as a coming of age drama. I was hoping for something different with this one. It was an inventive idea in a unique setting, but the story mostly revolved around Riley going through and ordeal, and I did not get the resolution I was hoping for at the end. The was a closure, but no real resolution. Also I was dissapointed in the romance.
*Spoiler to follow*
Sarah Dalton
This is a great, entertaining read.

The world has been plunged into war and governments have disintegrated due to terrorism and this is the story of a girl in Britain, living with the consequences. After her sister is killed she decides to travel outside of her safe compound into an unknown and dangerous world.

The author weaves the tale of Riley in with the story of Eleanor, a young girl living through the terrorism as it happens which gives you backstory without it clogging up the action. Both...more
Heather Nielsen
This book caught me from the title and the cover when I was looking for some new books to get for my kindle. I saw it in the recommendations and decided to click on it. It sounded just like what I was looking for so I bought it. It sucked me in from page one. I loved the way that it started out. All the twists and turns this book took. All the adventures that Riley and Luc went on. I felt like I was right there with Riley when she found out her sister was killed and when she fell in love with Lu...more
I really liked this book. I usually give 4 stars to books I really enjoy, not often giving 5 stars. I wish I could give 3.5 but since can't I will give it 4, mostly because I want to support a well written and well edited indie book.

Here's the thing. I was hooked nearly immediately. It drew me in so quickly and I couldn't put it down. I loved the 2 different stories that eventually came together. I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed story... My complaint is this: I felt. Like the end was so abrupt....more
Rebecca Rakes-Leipold
This book is written in first person past-tense so it's a little different but I loved it. It is also told from two different point of views in two different time lines. Both stories are equally interesting and enjoyable. The stories intertwine in a very interesting way that I didn't see coming. It has the kind of surprise ending that really works. Not one that is so transparent that you know it before chapter 2 nor the kind that is so preposterous that it makes the ending silly and ruins the b...more
Jo Danilo
‘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...more
Sally Sparrow
***contains spoilers***

I read this book two weeks ago and I still haven’t decided if I like it. I want to like it, and I don’t dislike it, but I can’t definitively say I like it, either. I am just...undecided.

For starters, it is dystopian. Generally speaking that is not my favorite genre. Real life is scary and depressing so I prefer the fantasies I indulge in to be more upbeat and humorous.

Second, this book is actually a dystopian coming-of-age story, with a side of murder mystery and romance...more
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Joanna Gawn
Post-apocalyptic novels are not my usual reading material, but I'm hugely enjoying Shalini Boland's 'Marchwood Vampire' series so I took a gamble on 'Outside'.

I was pleased to find this well-written, an easy read with a lively pace and compelling storyline. The stories of Riley and Eleanor intersect well, with a few twists I didn't see coming. And Luc . . . if only I was a few decades younger!

I'll definitely be purchasing the sequel.
Tina Albertson
what I loved most about this book was the intertwined story line. I related to both characters, Riley and Eleanor, one story focusing on the past and one focusing on the present. the situations that happen in the dystopian world had me sitting on edge with my heart in my throat. I do believe that is how real life would be if our society fell to war and terrorism.
Elle Field
I've just reread this book for the second time and it's as brilliant as it was the first time round. Outside is a page-turning dystopian novel that weaves in and out of two characters lives - Riley and Eleanor - I won't spoil it, but both perspectives are equally gripping and masterfully come together at the end. Highly recommended.
I gave it two stars because I finished it. It wasn't terrible, just definitely not what I thought it would be. The cover should probably be more of a doe-eyed (the author's description) teenager with an angsty look. In a post-apocalyptic Britain, a young teenager's sister is killed and she feels the need to leave the safety of her village (which is surrounded by an electrified chain link fence topped with barbed wire). She soon finds out what her family was protecting her from when she runs acro...more
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“I just wish we could stay here and forget everyone else. I never want to have to go home.’ ‘So let’s pretend there’s no outside. This is all there is.’ He leant over me so his dark fringe fell into his eyes. He lowered himself down and kissed me until I didn’t even know who I was anymore.” 0 likes
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