I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Outside by Shalini Boland
Series: Outside #1
on July 21st 2011
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 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 than she ever expected.
Cut to the present day, where Eleanor's world is falling apart. This time next year, civilisation won't be quite so civilised . . .
In OUTSIDE, Riley lives in a walled compound in post-apocalyptic Britain. One day her sister gets murdered, and Riley sets out across the country to find the killer.
One thing that I didn’t like with the novel is how it jumps between present day Riley and past girl Eleanor (who is connected to Riley, but it isn’t obvious until near the end). It was just a bit confusing keeping up with two timelines, characters, etc. and the book never really explained to me why I should care about Eleanor at all until it got to the end.
I also didn’t find the novel that believable… they are basically driving around in an untouchable SUV which seems to behave more like a tank, and everyone in the country has just lost their minds based on a few terrorist attacks.
Riley and her friend Luc are the main characters, and there isn’t a ton of depth here. And for most of the other characters, they are quite flat…even Riley’s father. Ultimately there were a few interesting characters (a deranged religious leader and an AWOL soldier), but we didn’t get to spend much time with either.
Overall not a terrible book, but not one that I found that memorable.