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Outside (Outside, Bk 1)
Outside - Outside, Bk 1
Author: Shalini Boland
The world of 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 thr...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780956998514
ISBN-10: 0956998518
Publication Date: 7/21/2011
Pages: 302
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Creative Adrenalin
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 2
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reviewed Outside (Outside, Bk 1) on + 566 more book reviews
Futuristic post-apocolyptic Teen fiction. Riley lives in England, in a town that has had to put up barriers and fences to protect itself from looters, killers, scavangers. When Riley's younger sister is murdered, Riley and friend Luc decide to leave the protection of their village to go and hunt down her sister's killer. The Outside is nothing like Riley could ever have imagined. But, the answers to Riley's questions end up to be closer to home.

The book starts out a little slow, but the story is good. The story is told from the point of view of two different characters, which is a little confusing. It all comes together in the end, in sort of a surprising way. I find that I am looking forward to what happens next.
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This book took a while to really get going and pull me in. I actually read some of it and was so bored with it I put it down and didn't even look at it for a week.
The book has chapters from two different viewpoints and you don't find out how these two are connected until you're about 2/3 of the way through the book. They also aren't split evenly. So there will be a chapter from character #1 then a couple chapters from character #2, etc. The way the chapters were split didn't make sense and it got to the point where I was willing to skip one of the character's chapters altogether because I was pretty far along in the book and still had no idea who that person was.
So the good parts don't happen until you are about 200 pages in (keep in mind the book is only 281 pages long) and once I got to that point I didn't want to put the book down. The beginning was just too slow for me to really enjoy this read. There are also some errors in the book...lots of missing quotation marks so it's hard to decipher sometimes what is a description and what someone is saying, a few grammatical errors too. For these reasons I had to give it 3 stars.