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 through the Perimeter 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 . . .
Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before children, she was signed to Universal Music as a singer songwriter.
Now, writing YA novels has hijacked her life and she is usually to be found with a laptop welded to her fingers and the house in a permanent state of neglect.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote this book backwards. By that, I mean I came up with a wicked twist for an ending and worked the rest of the novel into that ending. I’d always wanted to write a post-apocalyptic novel and figured it would be the perfect setting for this particular story. OUTSIDE is a ‘what if’ scenario – What if there was a social and economic collapse and the world as we knew it ceased to exist? What if people had to shut themselves away in secure compounds and perimeters? What would happen to the world outside?