Outside

Outside

The Proof of the Outside follows the story of Ele, who is held captive in a small room by a man known as ‘Him’. Ele is determined to prove there is a world Outside. And when she finds a hole in the wall, the proof starts leaking in. In this dark and compelling debut novel, Ele's strong and heartbreakingly optimistic voice shines through, revealing an important lesson about...

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Author:Sarah Ann Juckes
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Outside Reviews

  • Evie Braithwaite

    Outside follows the story of Ele, who is held captive in a small room by a man known as ‘Him’. Ele is determined to prove there is a world Outside. And when she finds a hole in the wall, the proof starts leaking in.

    I had mixed feelings about this novel for the first few chapters. The language was difficult to navigate and I didn’t know what I’d let myself in for. However, I stuck with it and was soon swept up in Ele's mission and her distinctive childish vernacular.

    It's down to the perspective

    Outside follows the story of Ele, who is held captive in a small room by a man known as ‘Him’. Ele is determined to prove there is a world Outside. And when she finds a hole in the wall, the proof starts leaking in.

    I had mixed feelings about this novel for the first few chapters. The language was difficult to navigate and I didn’t know what I’d let myself in for. However, I stuck with it and was soon swept up in Ele's mission and her distinctive childish vernacular.

    It's down to the perspective from which this extraordinary story is told that makes this book so unique. Ele knows nothing about life outside. Her only guide to the world beyond the sheltered small room are the few fairy tale stories which keep her company. Literature acts as her only point of reference as to how the world works. Like Rapunzel, she believes she’s trapped in a tower and a Prince will soon come to rescue her. However, it's not long before she begins writing her own story. She uses what she’s learned as a guide and writes her own rules on how to navigate herself in the outside world.

    Ele is fierce, determined, and her fascination with the mundane was nothing but entertaining to read. It was if she landed on a new planet completely, mystified by everything she encountered. From brewing tea to experiencing the sensation of stepping into a warm bath for the very first time, she finds magic in the mundane. Juckes has created an

    Overall, Outside is nothing like I’ve ever read before. I swallowed this book whole and I didn’t want to put it down until I found out the truth behind Ele’s tragic upbringing. The ending was incredible with an unexpected plot twist which left me wanting more from the curious character. This was a heart-breaking journey which I’m so happy to have been a part of.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for providing me with an e-Arc version of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Julie Parks

    This was such an authentic read. I can only hope this wasn't based on any real experiences.

    The story feels so real and heartfelt. Even the language is very subject appropriate. Sarah Ann Juckes' prose is so lyrical and addictive.

    And because of the main narrator Ele's imagination, the story reads almost more like a sci-fi than horror.

    It is more of a character development rather than an action plot, though. So don't expect the usual Hollywood chase down the road at the end.

    Thank you NetGalley fo

    This was such an authentic read. I can only hope this wasn't based on any real experiences.

    The story feels so real and heartfelt. Even the language is very subject appropriate. Sarah Ann Juckes' prose is so lyrical and addictive.

    And because of the main narrator Ele's imagination, the story reads almost more like a sci-fi than horror.

    It is more of a character development rather than an action plot, though. So don't expect the usual Hollywood chase down the road at the end.

    Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this!

  • Kelly

    is a captivating debut novel from UKYA author Sarah Ann Juckes. It is fast-paced, full of layered and wonderful characters and comes together in a shocking and emotional finale.

    It’s hard to review this story without spoilers, so I’ll be keeping it fairly brief. This is the kind of book where the less you know, the better the reading experience.

    tells the story of Ele and the Others. From the outset we know there is something different about Ele. The way she describes the world aro

    is a captivating debut novel from UKYA author Sarah Ann Juckes. It is fast-paced, full of layered and wonderful characters and comes together in a shocking and emotional finale.

    It’s hard to review this story without spoilers, so I’ll be keeping it fairly brief. This is the kind of book where the less you know, the better the reading experience.

    tells the story of Ele and the Others. From the outset we know there is something different about Ele. The way she describes the world around her is almost not human and it did take me a little while to grasp that. However, once I had adapted to Ele’s way of thinking I couldn’t get her unique voice out of my head. Phrases such as ‘sun bars’ which I quickly figured out were lights had me both confused and curious. Where exactly was Ele? What was happening to her?

    As the revelations were made about Ele, her life, the Others and Him, I could feel the tension slowly building. I could kind of see where the book was going but even then there were still plenty of surprises in the final few chapters.

    One of my favourite things about this book was Ele’s imagination when it came to the Outside. Being Inside for her whole life Ele’s only imagery of the Outside comes from books and her escape into fiction. It was really endearing when reading the way in which this effects what Ele expects from the Outside. The expects dragons, Princes, Princesses and evil giants. To her, that is what the Outside is all about. I loved the idea of books being real in her mind because like so many people I use reading to escape the real world myself.

    Ele’s character is strong, her voice is unique but feels incredibly authentic thanks to the clever writing style used by Juckes. Her strength is admirable; I really don’t think I would be able to do half of what she does. Her emotions are clear and I felt both sympathetic and empathetic towards her. I do also need to give a nod to Ezra-Dad who was quite possibly my favourite character in the whole book. It was lovely to see such a positive role model in him and to see the way in which he adapted and changed whilst Ele was around. Wesley was also a wonderful character.

    Overall I thought that

    was a really captivating and emotional read. A story of true human spirit and the strength we can all find within us should we need to. Ele’s voice will stick with me for a long time.

  • Adele Shea

    What an absolute gem of a book this is!

    A modern day fairytale of escaping the evil witch. Except the evil witch is a male captor who has no intentions of letting his prisoners go. That is until the day Ele finally finds the courage to escape, run and never look back.

    Loved this book so much I read it within a couple of hours. Thank you Sarah Ann Juckes.

  • Schizanthus

    This is a story where the less you know before you read it the better so while I’d usually provide content warnings before my review they’ll be at the end of this one, so it’s up to you if you want to read them or not.

    Ele lives Inside a Tower with the Others and collects Proofs of the Outside. She dreams of being an Outside Person instead of an Other but knows there are Dragons, Giants and Ogres Outside. Inside is anything but a fairytale because of Him but Inside is all she knows.

    Ele is one of

    This is a story where the less you know before you read it the better so while I’d usually provide content warnings before my review they’ll be at the end of this one, so it’s up to you if you want to read them or not.

    Ele lives Inside a Tower with the Others and collects Proofs of the Outside. She dreams of being an Outside Person instead of an Other but knows there are Dragons, Giants and Ogres Outside. Inside is anything but a fairytale because of Him but Inside is all she knows.

    Ele is one of those girls whose story and spirit will super glue themselves inside your mind. Her resilience and spunk under unimaginable circumstances inspire me to want to be as brave and capable of facing my fears as she did hers. Her love of reading endeared her to me and, like

    before her, she reinforced my belief that with books and your imagination you can endure and ultimately overcome any adversity.

    Her voice, which I originally found disconcerting and disorienting, became easier to read the more I got to know her. Having only known Inside she doesn’t speak like any other character I’ve read. I loved her descriptions of objects that you and I take for granted and sometimes it took me a while to figure out what it was that she was experiencing.

    Maybe it’s because I’ve read so much fiction and nonfiction with similar themes or because I try to focus on all of the details in books I plan on reviewing but I picked up on clues of some potential surprises early on. I was disappointed that there were no big revelations for me but from what I can tell based on early reviews I’m an anomaly. I did keep waiting for

    .

    If you sign up to join Sarah’s Reader’s Club at her

    you’ll be emailed

    . It’s available in MOBI, ePub and PDF formats. It accompanies

    and is really, really good, but I cannot stress this enough -

    or you’ll be in Spoiler World before you know it. I’m not sure if there’s an expiry date on this offer but the link worked at the time I posted this review.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK for the opportunity to read this book.

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  • Alaina

    was such a great book! It definitely reminded me of some other books that I read last year (or so), like Room. Haven't seen the movie yet but if it's like the book, then I'm sure I will love it.

    In this, you will meet Ele. Now she was an interesting character to meet. She was different and unique.. but giving her circumstance - it's something that one would expect as well. Again, she was intriguing and definitely hel

    was such a great book! It definitely reminded me of some other books that I read last year (or so), like Room. Haven't seen the movie yet but if it's like the book, then I'm sure I will love it.

    In this, you will meet Ele. Now she was an interesting character to meet. She was different and unique.. but giving her circumstance - it's something that one would expect as well. Again, she was intriguing and definitely held my interest. The only thing I didn't like was how immature she was or at least her views on things. It kind of made me do some eye rolls and other stuff but then again, I still liked this book.

    Now I love a good dark book every now and then - and this book definitely delivered. It's not only an eye opener for what Ele went through.. but it definitely shows what happens to people who go through this. Heck, are going through this. This book gave me some cringe-worthy moments. Good cringe-worthy moments because I was hooked for the entire book.

    Overall, I'm glad that I got this ARC and took a chance on it. I enjoyed it immensely and will definitely look forward to dive into another book by this author.

  • Anna 'Bookbuyer'

    First I would like to thank Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book and also to apologize for it being late.

    Now on to the review.

    This book ultimately was a three star for me. I found some issues with the formatting which was probably because it was an ARC. Also, it was a bit confusing.

    I like Ele. I found her story inspiring and sad. It took me a really long time to figure out who the others were. I won't explain who they are as I'm trying for spoiler free but it's ultimately sad and a

    First I would like to thank Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book and also to apologize for it being late.

    Now on to the review.

    This book ultimately was a three star for me. I found some issues with the formatting which was probably because it was an ARC. Also, it was a bit confusing.

    I like Ele. I found her story inspiring and sad. It took me a really long time to figure out who the others were. I won't explain who they are as I'm trying for spoiler free but it's ultimately sad and awe-inspiring.

    Jack was a big surprise and also a sad part of the story. I wonder what other talk is? There own made-up language?

    Willow first is a weird name for a boy but that's a side personal note. I prefer the Will his dad called him. I felt bad for Will and his dad too. Both had their own burdens as well. But they took care of Ele well considering.

    Also, I was very confused why neither took action when they found Ele? That doesn't make sense to me.

  • Lou

    uckes's debut novel, is a young adult story of inspiration and thriving despite adversity, and although these type of books usually very much appeal to me this was tough to get through, so tough that I almost gave up on more than one occasion. Ele's narrative was quite confusing and difficult to absorb, but I do understand the authors desire to create something original. Sometimes it works, others it doesn't - this wasn't quite executed well enough for me. It also starts very slowly and descript

    uckes's debut novel, is a young adult story of inspiration and thriving despite adversity, and although these type of books usually very much appeal to me this was tough to get through, so tough that I almost gave up on more than one occasion. Ele's narrative was quite confusing and difficult to absorb, but I do understand the authors desire to create something original. Sometimes it works, others it doesn't - this wasn't quite executed well enough for me. It also starts very slowly and descriptions given of things by Ele and the Others took time to get used to due to the limited vocabulary of these youngsters.

    I did, however, find it easy to connect with Ele and her ambition to overcome her problems and make something of herself, it's an inspirational message. Be warned, though, there are many heartbreaking moments throughout the book. Because the main sticking point for most people is the way in which is written, I recommend sampling the novel before purchasing so you have peace of mind that you can work through the structure and make the story work for you. I found it made the narrative too disjointed but you may feel differently.

    Many thanks to Penguin for an ARC.

  • C.G. Drews

    I have messy feelings about this one. And it is DARK. It's basically about abused feral kids locked away in a room with zero knowledge of the Outside. I've seen news stories of this so it was interesting to read a fictional version. It's terrifying and compelling...like seeing this kids raised on fear and left in filth. The style is a bit different too, with Ele having such limited language she makes up a lot of terms for things and basicall

    I have messy feelings about this one. And it is DARK. It's basically about abused feral kids locked away in a room with zero knowledge of the Outside. I've seen news stories of this so it was interesting to read a fictional version. It's terrifying and compelling...like seeing this kids raised on fear and left in filth. The style is a bit different too, with Ele having such limited language she makes up a lot of terms for things and basically lives in a fairytale world in her head to cope.

    What she knew vs what she didn't never seemed to have much rhyme or reason? How could she read? Why didn't she know the word for clothes but she had a fairy tale book? She'll use a metaphor for swimming but doesn't know what a lightbulb is. So I found it disorientating tbh.

    Simplistic and childlike in a way that made it even more creepy what Ele went through.

  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    DNF @ page 102

    This is a debut UKYA novel that I was feeling very excited for... but sadly didn't work for me. It was a creepy premise and very Rapunzel reminiscent about a young girl locked away inside and never being allowed out, nor the other children. The writing style just didn't click and I was overall, left feeling very confused!

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