02 June 2012

Review: Outside by Shalini Boland

Outside (The Outside Series #1) by Shalini Boland

Published: 21 July 2011

Pages: 302 (paperback)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Own library

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ The Book Depository

More Info: Shalini Boland's website

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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 cosseted life of privilege comes crashing down when someone breaks through 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 that she ever imagined.

Why This Book Appealed to Me

You all know I love Post-Apocalyptic books, and I'd heard from a few fellow PA lovers that this was a good story.

My Thoughts

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 Perimeter and cross the country in search of the man who murdered Riley's sister.  As they grow closer along their journey, able to rely only on each other, Riley struggles with her feelings for Luc and her loyalty towards her sister.

There's a lot I can't tell you about this book without giving away large parts of the story, but I was completely taken by surprise by some of the events in Outside - which make it a memorable, thrilling read, with emotions running high all the way through.

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.  For an independently published book, I didn't notice a single error and the quality of the writing is exceedingly good.

The Ending
Top notch!  My lips are sealed but it took me completely by surprise!

I Recommend This Book To

Any lovers of road trip stories under extreme circumstances, post-apocalyptic lovers, and YA readers.


  1. I’ve never even heard of this book before, where have I been? This sounds exactly like the sort of book I would love so I am really glad to read your post and also to find out you liked it so much. Thanks for sharing your review!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely

  2. I have this on mt Kindle wish list. I think it's part of a series?

  3. PA scares me because the probability of that coming true is higher than the fantasy books that I read. And I have zero survival skills so I don't think I'll make it Post the Apocalypse. LOL

    Talk Supe



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