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Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN-10: 151480011X / ISBN-13: 9781514800119.Into the Outside is a thought provoking YA post-apocalyptic science fiction romance, set in a world that projects vivid imagery and conveys powerful emotions that draws the reader in and rivets his attention. Fifty years ago the Earth died. The Earth is now a fertile but dangerous jungLibrarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN-10: 151480011X / ISBN-13: 9781514800119.Into the Outside is a thought provoking YA post-apocalyptic science fiction romance, set in a world that projects vivid imagery and conveys powerful emotions that draws the reader in and rivets his attention. Fifty years ago the Earth died. The Earth is now a fertile but dangerous jungle world. Wildlife has prospered although often in oddly altered forms. Survivors live in underground shelters waiting generations for the environment to become safe enough to emerge. Above ground, the radiation and poison has mutated the few humans that are left, but they do their best to survive for the 20 to 22 years they might live before the toxic planet or disease kills them. 16-year-old Isabella has grown up believing mutants are sub-human, stupid and would eat every shelter person if they had the chance, until she spies a wandering mutant tribe through the glass bottom swimming pool that is her shelter’s only light source. Isabella is fascinated by them, but it’s their 17-year-old leader, Malcolm, who truly captivates her – ebony skin, straw-colored hair, rippling muscles, four fingers on one hand and six on the other. Night after night she sneaks out of her shelter to watch the tribe, dressed in her grandfather’s chemical/radiation suit. When Malcolm discovers her, they are wary of each other at first but eventually become friends and then lovers. Isabella finally leaves the safety of her shelter to follow Malcolm into the perilous Outside. Isabella knows the government plans to exterminate the mutants once it is safe for the shelter-folk to come Outside, and she expects radiation and disease, but no one in the tribe is prepared for cannibals! Isabella’s family mourns for their lost daughter, knowing that she will die Outside, but Grandfather refuses to search for her. Even if they found her, he knows that she will not return without the mutants, and he will not allow them into the shelter. But everything changes when her brother, Luke, learns of Colonel Ericssen’s deadly plan for the mutants. Luke defies their grandfather and leaves the shelter to track down Isabella and warn her of the threat she knows nothing about. But he is no more prepared for the dangers Outside than she is. Hunted and finally captured by the military, Luke must escape their grasp, find Isabella, and save her life. Battling the cannibal Eaters, taking on orphan children and trying to convince mutant tribes about the dangers they must prepare for makes Isabella question her decision to leave her shelter. She dreamed of making a difference in the lives of those Outside, but now she isn’t certain has the courage and strength do it....

Title : Into the Outside
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ISBN : 30232828
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Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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Into the Outside Reviews

  • Mark
    2019-05-14 10:52

    Pretty good read!I enjoyed reading this book. This post-apocalyptic world is intriguing and so are the survivors. I look forward to reading the next installment!

  • Danielle Evans
    2019-04-26 10:07

    This review is also posted on my blog: I don't read a lot of YA fiction, I loved the concept of this story so I was very excited to read it. It certainly did not disappoint. The themes were also more mature than a typical YA story so I didn't feel as if I needed to be younger in order to enjoy it. Fifty years after the world was destroyed by nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, there are now two classes of humans: "normal" humans who live in underground shelters and "mutants" who live above ground. The toxic environment has caused abnormalities in the genes of those who live in the outside world. They have severely shortened life spans, yet they still want to continue their species so they reproduce at extremely young ages. Isabella is a sixteen-year-old girl who has lived in an underground shelter with her family all her life. When she sees a mutant tribe in the outside world, she becomes fascinated with them, especially the tribe leader, Malcolm. After making the frightening decision to sneak out of her shelter to watch them, she continues to do so and ends up meeting Malcolm and befriending him. They eventually fall in love, and she now has an even bigger decision to make: should she live in the dangerous outside world so she can be with him, or should she stay with her family in the shelter where she is safe?This is a thought provoking story that really got me thinking. What would I do if I were in her situation? I can understand why she would want to leave. She feels as if she's imprisoned, and there isn't much to look forward to. Her life feels somewhat meaningless and empty in the shelter. She isn't really living. But in the shelter, she is safe. She has plenty to eat, and she is surrounded by her family. If she leaves, she will never see them again. It will be a harsh life living out in the elements, and the poisons will probably kill her at a young age. Yet, she will be with the man she loves, and she will get to experience so much more, even if a lot of it is terrifying and difficult. I'm still not sure what I would do. I'm not even sure that I would have been brave enough to leave the shelter in the first place. I would like to think that I would be, but I wouldn't know unless I were in her shoes. It's easy to say that you would be courageous enough to leave, while speaking hypothetically, when you have a warm bed to sleep in and a fridge full of food. The other interesting theme is that the shelter people see the mutants as sub-human. It is human nature, after all, to be afraid of or dislike others who are different. That has been shown throughout history, so it's not surprising that they would feel this way. And I have to admit, when I hear the word mutant, I think of The Hills Have Eyes kind of mutants, who are portrayed as vicious cannibals. So, I loved seeing life through Malcolm's perspective; he was not a scary, evil mutant. I really liked his character, and I empathized with him. Being that I'm such a sucker for romance, I was definitely enthralled by the relationship between Malcolm and Isabella. This was a quick and easy read, and I'm so glad that it is the basis for a novel that will be coming out soon. The ending definitely left me wanting to read more. I look forward to seeing how this story will progress. Highly recommended. Updated review: This story is now a full length novel! I read the entire book, so I re-read the original story, which is now just the beginning. It was great to re-enter this world and to then see what Isabella encounters in her new life. Some of it was terrifying (the cannibals!), some of it was sad, and some of it was uplifting. It was also interesting to read about her brother, Luke, as he ventures out to find her. What he finds out and is desperate to tell her is appalling. And now I'm hoping for a sequel...

  • Gillian
    2019-05-23 08:52

    Oh Isabella, Isabella what will you do? This book is excellent, it really gets you thinking, could this really happen; it makes you think it could. The authors, have done their research, on a post nuclear attack and get you thinking to the point that it is so believable in a post-apocalyptic world. Some sci-fi books are too unbelievable for me, but I really enjoyed reading this book and had a hard time putting it down, I even went back to bed for another 30 minutes with a cup of tea to read more, as I didn’t want to stop reading. I would find myself throughout the day thinking of the characters and wondering what’s going to happen next. The authors are very descriptive with the scenes, you think you are there. Isabella is the typical headstrong teenager, wanting to find herself and do what she wants to do, she is at that age of having her first love, and lets her heart take her where she wants to be, not really listening to the adults in her life., who try to explain how dangerous life can be Outside. It is a great romantic post-apocalyptic YA novel. I didn’t want the book to end; I’m excited for the full edition to be released to find out what does Isabella actually do. I would highly recommend this book to young adults and adults.

  • BookLoversLife
    2019-05-25 10:08

    I was so looking forward to listening to this!! The reviews are all mostly positive so I dived in eagerly, but oh my word, the narrator was awful. Maybe it was this fact that had me disliking the book too, I don't know for sure!! The world is separated into two different factions as such, the below ground dwellers who are waiting till the world is habitable again, and the mutations, people who live on the surface but have some form of mutation. Isabella is a below ground dweller and has never been outside in her 16 years. Her grandfather tells her that the mutants are dangerous, not really human and would kill and eat you if they had the chance. But Isabella is curious and when she sees some mutants swimming in a pool above their shelter (don't ask me why they have a see through pool above them anyway) she needs to investigate. Night after night she puts on her grandfathers safety suit until she is caught by one of the mutants, Malcolm. She soon learns that he isn't like her grandfather said and she decides to leave with Malcolm and his tribe and step into the outside! Sounds good, right?? It kind of was, but also wasn't. Isabella was annoying at times and I couldn't connect with her. She literally falls in love with the first guy she has every seen, (that wasn't related to her) and is completely focused on him. I really wish she would have experienced some of the outside first and then met Malcolm and fallen in love. I think it would have made it more real, instead she wants to marry a boy she only just met and knows next to nothing about. Plus she has no problem leaving her family behind, she didn't realy hesitate!! It felt too unreal. The overall plot was slow. Not much happens for ages, only Isabella fawning over Malcolm, and I felt like giving up then, but I kept listening because I had to give it a fair chance. And while I finished it, I really don't think I'll keep on with the series. I didn't connect with the characters or care what happens to them unfortunately. Now onto Carlo Libertini. I rarely give a one star to any narrator because they put a lot of effort into their work, but this narrator read the whole book as if he was reading it to a young child, He read it in a happy, uplifting tone the whole way through and it really, really grated on my nerves and I had to speed up the narration to make it any bit bearable. He made the story extra hard to get into or like. I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  • Rabid Reader
    2019-05-15 10:58

    An intriguing post-apocalyptic story that highlights well the prejudices, heartlessness and aggression that mankind can be capable of. The government/shelter people believe they are superior to the mutated human descendants that survived outside after the radioactive terrorist attacks that decimated the world. They see them as less than human, but shelter girl Isabella recognizes their intelligence and humanity. The harshness of life outside is heart wrenching and you easily become attached to the Malcolm and the other mutants. The authors descriptive writing and the emotion filled narration make you feel as if you are there as they characters experience problems, love, heartache and danger. An exciting, thought provoking start to the series that leaves you wanting the next book.

  • Mike Siedschlag
    2019-05-09 13:08

    Author Lynda Engler sent me an e-version of her book Into the Outside for review.Into the Outside is a post-apocalyptic story (one of my very favorite genres). Engler has written a new twist (at least for me, but then I don't get out much) on the genre. Without giving away the whole story, the mutated descendants of the big war are presented as intelligent, caring, and peaceful people (for the most part anyway). A pretty refreshing way to tell a survivalist type story. Into the Outside is a fairly short (160 some pages in my version, although other sites list it as 276 pages hmm), quick read. Still, the main characters are pretty well developed. Like most entries in the genre, the government is bad (well they are usually responsible for the apocalypse in the first place), but the real difference is between the two types of survivors; shelter dwellers and those who didn't have that luxury. The negative for me (and it is very, very, slight) is, the good guys are a little too good, if you know what I mean, almost Pollyana-ish, but again only slightly so. That said, there is stark reality, hardship, and tough choices to be made. Into the Outside is at times heartbreaking, uplifting and thought provoking. It does make the reader think more about post-apocalyptic survival long-term than many of its genre-mates.Oh yeah, Into the Outside is the first in a series, it did end in a bit of a cliffhanger, but not so much as to draw my cliffhanger ire.Into the Outside by Lynda Engler is probably directed a little younger audience than other books of this genre, but was still an enjoyable read for a cynical old coot like me. If your in the mood for a thought provoking, stark, yet clean, story with action, adventure, young love, idealism and suspense; Into the Outside works well. Enjoy!Mike

  • Zora Marie
    2019-04-28 13:56

    Lynda Engler hooks you from the very beginning with her tales of Malcolm and the other mutants of the outside. These mutants are the descendents of those caught out in the open when the world fell to shambles in massive terrorist attack that left the world without electronics and radiation that mutated many of the land’s inhabitants.Lynda brings the troubles of both the shelter people and outsiders to life in such a way that it truly makes you wondered if this could really happen. She combines the action/adventure of the outside with an uncanny love story that truly melts the heart.If you’re looking for your next post apocalyptic story that hits home then I full heartedly suggest checking Into the Outside out!

  • Melody
    2019-05-24 15:56

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. My opinion is just that...mine...and completely unbiased.First let me say that although this is supposed to be a YA book, I am far from young and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It will definitely be going on my "keep-for-grandkids-when-older" shelf. This post-Apocalyptic tale will have you thinking of the real possibilities of life like this and wanting more of Belle's story to unfold. A keeper for sure!

  • Cmoore
    2019-04-27 10:13

      I really had trouble deciding whether or not I liked this post-apocalyptic tale...  The story was probably OK, but it's really hard to tell because the narrator was just, well... Awful.In this case the narration overshadows the story, making it almost impossible for me to disassociate the prose from it's performance!  Carlo Libertini narrates as if he were talking down to a small child, and that's not a good thing...  I was only able to finish this one with a little magic provided from Audible... By speeding up the playback, I was able to knock over an hour off the time, and that helped by lessening the irritation I felt at the pregnant pauses that seemingly happened at the end of every sentence.Story = Not quite sure...Narration = Not so good!With that said I see that book 2 Into the Yellow Zone has a different narrator so I will give the series another chance...

  • Toad Oliver
    2019-05-16 12:09

    Into the Outside was a great post apocalyptic book about a family living in an underground shelter after a nuclear war had destroyed most of humanity. The people who did manage to survive outside of a shelter mutated. The mutants mature much faster and have shorter life spans due to all the toxins left from the war. Isabella is part of a shelter family. She sees a family of mutants on their land and gets curious enough to sneak out and meet them. After realizing that they aren't much different from her, she decides to leave her sheltered life and venture out into the world. Not only have people mutated, but the animals have as well. Some of the people mutated into something much worse, eaters! Excellent performance by Carlo Libertini. Looking forward to book 2!

  • Shannon
    2019-05-20 08:54

    I hate leaving crappy reviews. However, I am not sure what age group this is for, but I would guess 9-13 minus some aspects. The writing is repetitive. I am listening to this, and the poor narrator, is reading it as if a young child would. Even in this post apocalyptic world, some things just don't make sense. Some people may love this. But it is not for me

  • wendi c duncan
    2019-05-10 14:12

    Into the outsideInto the outside is one of the best apocalyptic books I have ever read I love the fact that there are mutations and no real zombies I was stoked to get the second book and can't read it fast enough ready for the third one

  • Roger
    2019-05-17 16:00

    My first read from authors Lynda Engler & Henry Dixon. Into the Outside was a wonderfully written work with engaging characters set in a not to distant believable future. I look forward to reading the sequel.

  • Ciayrra The Scorpion Flower
    2019-05-09 12:17

    This is a great listen from beginning to end. I felt a lot of empathy for the characters and in general the story is very good and believable. I would recommend this book 100%, the narrator did a great job!

  • Vicki
    2019-05-01 16:48

    It was different but good.

  • Vicki
    2019-04-25 10:49

    I really liked it I am going to buy the next ones .

  • Christa
    2019-05-01 10:55

    I really enjoyed the storyline of the hidden family and the mutant family. It reminded me of my youth when I snuck out to explore the world at night. There so many levels here to explore. Religious beliefs causing a world to create new life or the past creating a new problem. I loved the ways mutants adapted and matured with their famlies or tribes to the Outside environment . I look forward to the next book that will bring the brother forward in tracking his sister into the Outside. there are some mutants that become more wild in their development . so keep the decription of the mutations clear on how it effected them physically and mentally . I did think the fall in love was a little bit early but that was probably those hidden hormones coming outside.

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2019-04-24 10:08

    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsReview to come soon.