Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Review; The Clearing by Shalini Boland

Title: The Clearing (Outside #2)
Author: Shalini Boland
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

In the ravaged future, children are disappearing.

Riley lives safely behind her Perimeter Fence, but soon she’ll have to confront the terrible truth of what’s happening outside. An old enemy is approaching. Threatening to extinguish her way of life. 

To save herself, she will have to fight to save another. She must put herself in the last place she ever wanted to be. 

This is the terrifying sequel to the post apocalyptic thriller OUTSIDE.

My Review of Book One: Outside

Book two of Shalini Boland's Outside series is much more intense and exciting than the first book.  While the first book seemed to be done in small little episodes - book two has a much larger story arc that continues to build throughout the entire story.  Again the storyline jumps from the past - following a little girl names Liss after she is kidnapped from her parents - to the present of Riley and Luc attempting to rescue her from a compound known for kidnapping and brainwashing children to build an army.

Liss's story is tragic and frightening.  Boland does a fantastic job portraying the events she needs to overcome in order to resist the brainwashing that she is being subjected to on a daily basis.  Riley and Luc, having just returned from their dangerous trek in search for the killer of Riley's sister, are sent outside the perimeter to help find and rescue Liss in return for some valuable information on a deadly enemy.

Full of excitement and adventure, the book was much easier to sit down and read straight through than the first.  Boland's writing seems to have developed in a fantastic way.  The world that is built really develops and there is a lot of character building as well.  Most of the time I don't like the second as much as the first or the ones that follow - this was a welcome surprise that I really enjoyed.

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