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When the mutants' survival is threatened, will Isabella risk it all for the man she hardly knows, or stay underground protected?

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.

Sixteen-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 child, knowing she will die Outside, but Grandfather refuses to search for her. Luke defies him 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.

©2015 Lynda Engler and Henry Dixon (P)2016 Lynda Engler and Henry Dixon

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Not for me.

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.

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Excellent post apocalyptic book!

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!

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A beautiful dystopian romance

Where does Into the Outside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I like this book very much. It is a slightly different take on the post-apocalyptic world. It is adventurous and also romantic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Outside?

When Isabella decides to go out in the poisoned world to be with the man she loves even though it means her own life will be much shortened.

Have you listened to any of Carlo Libertini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I really enjoyed his narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me angry with the government and their unwillingness to see the "mutants" as human beings.

Any additional comments?

It was a well written story with deep character development.

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A quiet post apocalyptic story

Into the Outside is a quiet post apocalyptic story about a girl who dreams of leaving her fall out shelter and the mutants living outside the shelter. There is danger and some adventure, but the story is more about the human interactions, family, love, and survival. This is the first book in a series.

The narrator is ok, but he sounds far too happy and hisses with his "S"s a little.

I received this book as a gift. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Captivating story

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.

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An interesting approach to dystopia.

I liked the story, the meeting with the cannibals was the only drama outside of the primary relationship. I wasn't enamored with the narrator, I'm not sure what it was about his diction that I didn't like, but it was something in his pronunciation.

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Not my fav...

  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...

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not sure

I could not stay with this book. I think the narrator did the best he could with the writing that was available. To me it was very repetitive. Certain circumstances just didn't work out. I am not sure if my son would enjoy this book. I try very hard to follow the idea and workings of the author, even if it is not my normal read, but this one just did not work for me.

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Very cool listen

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!

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  • Layla
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OK

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I found this slow going. It took a while before anything interesting started to happen. I also found it odd that the outsiders had kids at a very young age (like 10 years old), I found that hard to believe.
The consept is OK and could have been more interesting if something more interesting happened. The next book might be more better.