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The Outside (The Hallowed Ones #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,078 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
One girl. One road. One chance to save what remains…

After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other surviv
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Khanh (the Grinch)
What happened?

This book is the equivalent of meeting someone you knew, maybe a former crush, a few years down the road. You run into them at a Walmart. The charming, charismatic, svelte young man you once knew has now become a blearly-eyed, beer-bellied, bloated ghost of his former self, holding a 6-pack of Corona Light as he trudges lifelessly towards the checkout.

Seriously, what the fuck happened?

So rarely have I seen a series degenerate so much as to be unrecognizable from its previous book
Wendy Darling
Fantastic sequel to a fantastic book. Be prepared for lots of action sequences, survivalist foraging, discussions about science vs religion and the nature of forgiveness, deep respect for those who have been lost, and thoroughly awesome and original ways to combat The Darkness.

And damned if there aren't (view spoiler) to boot! :D

Hurry up and write your next young adult novel, Ms. Bickle. I'll be waiting for it.
Lauren DeStefano
Feb 19, 2013 Lauren DeStefano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knife-factor
I realize not all of you were fortunate enough to read this as obscenely early as I was, therefore it's a difficult task knowing how to shelve it. Let me help you out with some suggestions:

Oct 24, 2015 Brad rated it liked it
So, yeah, we were out of sparkly vampires at the store, but as we traveled through Pennsylvania we saw these really cute bonnets walking around, and WOULD YOU KNOW IT? They were all lit up inside and sparkly, so I thought to myself, what an interesting light display! So when I got closer, a few men with military grade hardware came out of nowhere and started threatening poor little me. I kept asking, "What is it, what is it?" And they just told me to mind my own business.

I grabbed a beer down th
Oct 24, 2014 Benjaminoftomes rated it it was amazing
just read the whole book in two hours.. it was that good!
While I loved the first book (The Hallowed Ones) of the series, this one was a bit of a letdown. Still decent enough and well worth reading, but I felt that a lot of the excitement and thrill level of the first book was lacking here.

We start off with Katie and company on the road, heading north. Somewhere between the two books they must have had some scary run-ins with the vampires since they are more knowledgeable about how to avoid them. Sadly, we do not get to experience those moments. A lot
Sep 08, 2013 Brandi rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites

More like a good 3 1/2 stars. I'm taking off a star because Khanh's review reminded me how much I was glossing over in trying to get this book to be as good as the first. My new rating is 2 1/2 stars.

I was completely blown away from the first book in this series, duology?, and it's not that I didn't really like this one, it's just not as amazing for me. It's weird because it felt slower even though there was more vampire action.

Veering slightly off course for a second, I should say that I enjoy
Leonor (Ner)
Jan 17, 2013 Leonor (Ner) marked it as wishlist
Edit: 17/01/13
There's a cover!!!!!!!!

Oh, thanks the heavens for a second book!!!!
Oct 28, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
I've struggled a lot with this review, mainly because so much that I want to say about this novel is a spoiler. And yet, let me reassure fans of The Hallowed Ones first: The Outside is a remarkable follow-up to the creepy, vampire-infested Amish story we were given last year. Although Bickle has strayed away from the Amish community that was once her setting, the values of these people are still very much alive and present throughout the novel in the form of Katie, our protagonist. Moreover, whe ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Laura Bickle really has created something completely wonderful in her duology The Hallowed Ones. Not only it is different, creepy, suspenseful and downright hard to put down but it is also something almost unheard of in the paranormal genre right now let alone the YA paranormal genre. It has vamps.

I know what you are thinking, what is so special about that? Vamps big deal!

But these aren't your ordinary sparkly, fall in love with them vamps. These are the real creatures of the night. Disgusting,
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 01, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) marked it as to-read
GIMME! Love the new cover. Can not wait for this one.

Bring back my Amish being terrorized by scary vampires. I need more horror in my (book) life.
So disappointing.
Aug 15, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA dystopia, the first book
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Post-apocalyptic/Dystopian
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: those who enjoyed the first book, those who enjoy dystopian books.
Book Available: September 3, 2013 in hardcover and Kindle editions
Trigger Warnings: Violence, killing, treachery, premarital sex

My Thoughts: I was really bothered by the cover on this book. The advantage to e-books (or one of them) is that I don't often notice covers, so when I have a physical book with a jarringly discontinuous cover, it makes
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Jul 01, 2015 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it
Pretty Good!

The Outside is not as good as the first in the series, but still worth reading. I liked it a lot. Katie and Alex really grow in this one, and so does their chemistry. There is a lot more romance in this one than the first. My only issue was the whole science part of it, and the glowing skin. You have to read it to understand what I mean. I don't want to giveaway any spoilers. It just felt like it came out of no where and was just way tooooooo convenient. Maybe that's just me. *shrug
Alisha Marie
What the hell happened? No, seriously. I loved The Hallowed Ones. In fact, it was my favorite book of the month last month and it reached my all time favorites list. And yet, The Outside...just wasn't good. Everything that I loved about The Hallowed Ones was just...gone. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

One of my favorite things about The Hallowed Ones was that while it was a book that heavily dealt with religion, the book itself wasn't overly religious. What I mean by that is that I didn't consta
Oct 29, 2015 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5 stars rounded up. I liked this one more than the first book, The Hallowed Ones, which I also gave 3.5 stars but rounded down. Way to work that flexible GR 5 star rating system!
Rachel the Book Harlot
Wow, what a disappointment. Full review to come...
Jul 17, 2013 Navessa marked it as to-read
Abigail Yow
Sep 13, 2013 Abigail Yow rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, ebooks
Not as good as her first book. In fact, I would say that this book was quite disappointing. If you're expecting whatever the author had explored and developed in Book 1 in this sequel, well, don't be surprised if you don't find this as enjoyable.

Katie had a more rounded character in The Hallowed Ones. Her inner turmoil and emotions were palpable and nicely portrayed. But instead of delving further into her psych, the author decides to take a detour by bombarding us with Katie's newly acquired pi
Sep 07, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I guess this was a two book series? Did anyone else think that the very end was wrapped up super quick?

Other than the end feeling abrupt, I really liked this series so much! Excellent writing, and you can tell that the author is well educated in theology. Again in this sequel, the whole story revolves around religions, and we discuss even more of them in this book. There's Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism...the list just goes on and on. Of course this all set against a vampire apocalypse, bu
Mandy Sickle
After being banished from the only home she’s ever known Katie is on the run from the vampires. Accompanied by Alex, Ginger, and the white horse the group head north hoping to find new and families that they haven’t heard from in weeks. They spend the days traveling in the sunlight by night they fight to stay alive staying on holy ground when they can find it. The group comes across a private wildlife preserve with several predators wasting away having been forgotten with the vampire epidemic.

Sep 09, 2013 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Most of this reads different with its combination of Amish girl in the outside world that’s been knocked down by some mysterious vampire making pathogen. But OUTSIDE’s whole thing is actually faith, yet not one bit of it had me feeling ‘preached at.’ It’s this that had me enjoying the story more. It’s dark, for sure, with them cast out as they were, struggling to find a safe place, and them encountering the odd, the miraculous, the maybe insane, and the obviously dangerous.

So I enjoyed this mai
The Outside was a very good conclusion to the story that began in The Hallowed Ones. I found the mix of science and religion interesting and this book was just as creepy as The Hallowed Ones. There was not quite as much description when it came to the gore in this book, so it would be a little easier for the squeamish to read. I would love to read more YA from this author.
Rachel Gunter
The Outside is the conclusion to the Hallowed Ones duology by Laura Bickle. This sequel was full of action, gore and horror, and it was so so interesting! I loved Katie and Alex even more in this book (view spoiler) . Katie is a really great character, I loved how she adapted to the new situation, and kept her good hearted morals even when the going got tough. I also loved how accep ...more
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Sep 03, 2013 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it really liked it
The Outside begins where book one (The Hallowed Ones) left off. Katie has been kicked out of her Amish community and is left with a boy named Alex whom she saved and was the reason for her shunning and Ginger an outsider mom who is frantically trying to figure out what has happened to her family. If you have not read book one, all of this is probably shocking, so go grab The Hallowed Ones and start reading, otherwise this review is going to get even more confusing.

On the outside, Katie, Alex and
I gave it 3.5 stars

I absolutely adored THE HOLLOWED ONES, it was nothing like I thought it would be and so much better than I could have imagined. THE OUTSIDE follows Katie and her "English" friends after they were kicked out of her Amish community.

I continued to enjoy the characters. Katie does not change much but I liked her the way she was so that was no big deal. Alex was protective and loving and Ginger was a good companion. They journeyed long and hard and met other survivors along the way
I was really excited for this book.

The first book The Hallowed Ones was a very original debut from a new YA author. Vampires AND Amish people? It was awesome, and I loved reading the struggles of a young Amish woman coming to terms with otherwordly and unexplainable happenings.

So where did that author go?

This book is a jumbled mess. Alex only existed to info dump about random ass mythology and religion. The romance between him and Katie wasn't nearly as suspenseful as it was in the first novel
Sep 08, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Source: ARC provided by HMH for Young Readers for my honest review

Spoiler warning: There are NO spoilers for The Outside but references to the events in book #1 The Hallowed Ones.

Review:The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) was my top pick for favorite reads of 2012. (my review) It blew me away by blending dystopian, vampires and Amish culture in an incredibly horrifying yet thought provoking way. Bickle also gave a much needed reboot to the vampire genre. No romanticizing vampires in this se
Oh my god. I don’t even know what to write right now. This book was just. So. Good. Last year The Hallowed Ones came out of nowhere and was pure awesomeness. I loved that genre-defying book to pieces. The Outside does not disappoint. It’s just as creepy, just as suspenseful, and just as thought-provoking as the first book. The Outside picks up right after The Hallowed Ones left off - with Katie, Alex, and Ginger fighting to survive on the Outside. Katie has only her wits and her Himmelsbrief to ...more
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Sep 05, 2013 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it it was amazing
“The hard part about the end of the world is surviving it, surviving when no angels scoop you up to fly you away to heaven. God doesn’t speak. But I kept asking.”

The Outside was one of my most anticipated sequels for 2013, but I couldn’t imagine it being quite the thrill ride that The Hallowed Ones most assuredly was. I can genuinely say that not only did this amazing sequel meet all of my expectations, but I found it to be even more captivating than its predecessor. I tried to pace myself, but
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Laura Bickle has worked in the unholy trinity of politics, criminology, and technology for several years. She and her chief muse live in the Midwest, owned by four mostly-reformed feral cats.

Her work has been published in Midnight Times, Down in the Cellar, MicroHorror, Theaker's Quarterly Fiction,Ballista , Byzarium, New Myths,a Blog-O-Novella office soap opera for True Office Confessions, and Ao
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