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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  39 reviews
One girl. A corrupt government. A secret that could shatter a country.

What would you sacrifice to discover the truth?

For twelve years, Aleesha has survived as an illegal citizen in poverty-stricken Area Four. She lives by one rule – trust no one.

When her illegal status is discovered, Aleesha is forced to join a mysterious organisation intent on taking down the corrupt gove
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Published January 2nd 2020 by Windswept Writing
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*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*
I feel like this awesome book took me waaaay to long to finish! >.< sorry with final assessments from uni and so much stress I feel like I hardly had time to breathe!

But! I'm done and this book is finished and now I am so ready to read book two!! Which I have !!! Although it is an arc and I am a bit late to review! I'm sorry! I will still review it though!!

Anyways, back to this book, this is a familiar style of dystopian novel. Two types of people, the higher vs lower class, the government tak
K.S. Marsden
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aleesha and Trey have had very different upbringings, but they are the only people who can cross the wall. They find themselves caught between conflicting gangs.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

In a future where London is divided by a wall, Aleesha is an outsider. The main aim in life is survival, as food, water, and shelter are all in short supply. The Outside is ruled by the gangs, in a constantly-shifting fight for power. Everyone is out for themselves, and only the har
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aleena and Trey both are trying to survive for different reasons. She’s an Ousider, he’s an Insider. Both are hunted, hopefully together they’ll survive. Amazing story. Received a free book. Reviewing because I enjoyed it so much. Ready for more.
This one's difficult for me to rate, because while I like the general premise it has a lot of first novel tells to the structure and narrative that made it jar for me. It's been on my Kindle for yonks, and what with the shiny new cover editions going on sale I knew I'd have to pick up a second edition and make a start.

Non-spoiler: It was a first novel, and having read some later work by the author I know how strong her writing has become (her sci-fantasy dystopia The Shadow Games was probably m
I love when I find good dystopian novels. They restore my faith in the genre.
Going into this novel, I was a little wary because judging from the summary alone, it sounded a lot like another dystopian read that I've reviewed on this page and I was worried it might be, like, a carbon copy situation. But even though the base idea for the worlds are very similar - both deal with citizens who live "inside" what's essentially a utopia and "outside" in the waste/apocalypse-ridden world - the plots the
Mary Ann
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction often works to shine a light on issues of current debate, and Allison Ingleby attempts to make a strong statement regarding how some places in the world are considering who is worthy of entering their country and how to separate lands into a crude caste system. The novel paints a world set in a future London that has fallen into disarray due to some climate issues that are hinted at a number of times.

The protagonists in The Expendables are children, Trey, an Insider who has alway
After reading this book, I wanted to write and post this review to share my honest experiences toward the story.

Wow, what am amazing story! I love post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories, but this is incredible! We follow our protagonists, Aleesha and Trey, both labelled as criminals for reasons beyond their control. With Aleesha’s knowledge of the Outside and her involvement in Outside gangs, and Trey’s experience with Insider practices and is the son of a government minister, as they discover t
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t know quite what to expect - but boy, am I glad I got to read this book !!!

The books main character is Aleesha who is just trying to survive on the Outside. The world she knows is split into areas and there is an Inside and Outside - separated by a giant Wall.

Her place is just an area on the other side of a wall, in London, years into the future where flooding has wiped out most of the world.

As an illegal, she has no rights to food or housing, etc and has to rely on her wits to survive.

Tori Williams
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I had a bit of a rough start with Expendables. I kept having this feeling as if I had been dropped into a story a bit late. The world-building came off as more of an “information-dump” in the beginning and the character introductions seemed too quick and made for a jarring first few chapters. I’m happy, however, to say that I decided to scroll through a few reviews of the book on Goodreads instead of letting my frustration get the better of me and abandoning the book too quickly. I stumbled ...more
Billy Buttons
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Expendables
Author: Alison Ingleby

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 8/10
Of the 17 readers:
16 would read another book by this author.
14 thought the cover was good or excellent.
17 felt it was easy to follow.
16 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
12 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
5 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’.
15 felt the pacing was good or excellent.
Candy Robosky
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Expendables is an intriguing look at what could very possibly happen in the world. Much of what is going on in this book is already happening in the world..the division between the haves and the have nots, the haves making food products that are not good for you just like “tronk” and the fake food the Outsiders are given, only the haves (Insiders) are able to afford real food. Think about how expensive it is to eat what is good for you. The Insiders living their lives not really seeing what the ...more
Mrs LIR Linda
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Alison holds a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Emergency Planning and Management from Coventry University. She’s worked as an emergency planner and sustainability professional in cities across the UK..." This is from the end of the book, about the author. Alison drew upon her considerable knowledge from these areas to inform her detailed story. The story is about the Haves and HaveNots (Insiders and Outsiders), with Aleesha and Trey forming ...more
Expendables - a review by Rosemary Kenny

A sharply-focused narrative by two MCs, Expendables is Alison Ingleby's dramatic 'what if...?' introduction to a starkly realistic futuristic climate change warning.
Set in future London, (after an apocalyptic event floods large parts of the UK and the rest of Europe),Expendables is Alison Ingleby's first in a two-part series, The Wall. MCs are Aleesha an Outsider and Trey, a recently-exiled Insider who's only been used to the best of everything and as much
carrie thackston
I really enjoyed this book. Expendables is a dystopian novel that has everything that's great in this kind of book. After a great flood that was the result of global warming the government constructs a wall that is not really physical, but kills people if they try to go through. There are the insiders, people of privilege and outsiders, people starving and doing everything necessary to survive. Aleesha is an orphan and an outsider that somehow has the ability to go through the wall without being ...more
Brianna Schierenbeck
** I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from author. **

I just love when I find good dystopian novels.
Expendables has some of the amazing world-building. Now about the story, you start out with Aleesha POV. She is a “street rat” is a since that she has nothing and steels for a living. She soon gets herself into some trouble. Since this story has two POV, you will find yourself in Trey’s story. His story starts out very interesting with having his chip take control of his ar
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author, and am very happy to report that I loved this story!
This book picks up soon after the events in the prequel Outsider.
It is told from a couple of viewpoints, male/female, insider/outsider/ but both are criminals for factors beyond their control. It is an action filled distopian tale, that raises some interesting points about where this world could end up, climate change, food security, building walls to keep out undesirables! elitism/class divisions
Bookish Addict
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dystopian London where those in the city are well off with genetic enhancements while the rest of the people are in the outskirts of the city where a wall seperates them. It's a rough life outside and the government still controls them with cleansings and government rations. Everyone tries to survive and there are people who are trying to manipulate one another and the situation. I think the book depicts a very possible scenario of where the world will be in the future. I really enjoyed reading ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in return for a honest review.

At first I thought this book would not be to my liking however it quickly grew on me~to the point where I almost missed my bus stop whilst reading this book!

I love the gritty aspect of the storyline & how to author gives just enough but too much in order to keep me interested. As someone who lives in the city where the storyline is centred~this was a bonus too.

The development of the main characters was brilliant. This is a book which anyone c
Beth Skye Denny
A gritty and dark dystopian read where every question is answered with a back-handed slap to the face.

Though a bit slow at the start, Expendables picks up quick with mystery and heart pounding adventure. If you thought life in the world of The Hunger Games was rough you need to visit Ms. Ingleby’s London. A wall separating London and Wales, impassable and guarded. Gangs roam The Outside, while The Inside is a paradise.

Told between Aleesha and Trey’s point of view this was an amazing portrayal
A M Aliano
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has taken me quite a while to write a review for this book as the topic is very disturbing. The author does an excellent job of creating believable characters and then bringing their emotions to the forefront. She did such a good job of bringing their emotions to life that I also felt a lot of the emotions. Some of the things that happened in the book could be related to past historical events, some to current events, and others to the way things possibly could become. To me, that was the gri ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of Expendables to review from Kindle. I have to admit I struggled when I first started reading this, not because of the story but simply because I usually prefer fantasy books. Once I got into the story I couldn't (and didn't) put it down until I I was finished. Her characters are so real that I caught myself both laughing and crying. I think Alison is not only an excellent writer she also sees where our country could very well end up when we start talking about putti ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pretty good

I very much enjoyed the beginning of the book but as I neared the middle and end, parts of the plot began to bother me. I’m not sure if I’ll keep reading. I like the overall premise of the book in that there is an outside society that is wrecked and the ideal inside society keeping people out And pretending they don’t exist. Still, I’m not sure I trust the author to develop the story well enough through the end of this since there were several things about this book that bothered me.
Louise Feagans
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Expendables by Alison Ingleby, this is the first book that I have read by her but it default not be the last. The story sets place in the far future with different levels of living areas. The city of London has a wall around it to keep out the lower leves. Aleesa lives in level four which is a very low level to live in, suddenly finds out she can slip through the war. When she meets up with Trey, everyone want to use them to go thru the wall. I recommend to all to read t ...more
Elizabeth Jane
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Even though the author is very clear this book is nothing more than fiction, the reading of it will have you thinking about possibilities. There have not been many novels that moved me to the point of tears; however, this is one of them. I certainly didn't expect the scene either! Beware of it! I want to note that I didn't enjoy Trey's character, at first. As a whole, he grew the most of any other character and then I just loved him. I'm super excited to find out what happens next with thes
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Expendables and loved it even more the the prequel ‘Outsiders’. It is so exciting and I got drawn into the book world and felt like I was there. The writer makes the book and characters come alive. The story is very interesting and very well written. It is a fast paced book that kept me reading to the end and wanting more. I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series.
Jadyen (jayjaysbooknook)
Just a quick review for the moment as my computer is out, will update when I'm back up and running. Ultimately I loved this book. It started off with action and kept it going. I loved every twist and turn and action packed minute! It looked at a dystopian world through a different focus then what I've read recently and it was a fresh new take. ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like the Hunger Games and Divergent series you will love this. Characters are well developed story line follows logic. There is a great depth to this story I believe it will continue to grow as we progress through the series. Over all I loved it. Can’t wait for the next installment! Do your self a favor and give this book a chance. You won’t regret it.
Edward D.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not so Expendable

Alison hit this one out of the ballpark. She shows that everyone has value regardless of how they are born regardless of their station in life. This is the first book I've read by her but I am already a huge fan. I'm excitedly looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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I write dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy fiction for young adults and adults who are still young at heart. As a former emergency planner with an interest in climate change and sustainability, I spend a lot of time wondering what the future will be like.

Some of my favourite things: reading, Yorkshire Tea, exploring new places, feeling the wind in my hair, climbing mountains, being by the sea.

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