The Outside

The Outside

Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI Gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy ? if she?ll help Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But ...

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Title:The Outside
Author:Ada Hoffmann
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Outside
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:401 pages pages

The Outside Reviews

  • Sara Norja
    Jan 27, 2019
    Disclosure: I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. THE OUTSIDE is a space opera with Lovecraftian influence, dealing with mechanical Gods and angels, the very nature of reality, and complex psychological and moral dilemmas. It also features a wond...
  • Carlex
    Jun 28, 2019
    Three and half stars (sorry for my English) I agree with the comments from another Goodreads users: this is a half science fiction/half cosmic horror novel Mrs. Hoffmann develops an interesting and very promising story. ?Outside? has good ideas and most are well developed...
  • Anthony
    Oct 30, 2019
    Ummmm....whaaaaaaa...??? That was my general feeling over the last quarter of this otherwise very interesting, unusual, quirky novel. I couldn?t begin to tell you why the climax occurred the way that it did. Other than that, I?m pleased to read a novel written by an openly-a...
  • Bradley
    Apr 19, 2019
    You know those times when you're super anxious about new (to you) authors you request on Netgalley just by the looks of the cover? Yeah, well, I think I've just found my second squeeworthy book for the year and I'm going to say just this one thing: If there's any justice in the w...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    Oct 12, 2019
    This is a SF (fantasy?) novel with elements of horror. Minor spoilers about the setting are present. The world building is quite interesting ? the mankind spread across the galaxy, there is a broad variety of tech ? humans are limited to something like middle XX century tech (la...
  • Mitticus
    Aug 05, 2019
    +e-ARC gently provided by Netgalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review+ 3.5 the truth is not always there stars Yasira Shien is a scientist working in a new human tech in a spacial station in 2791 when all goes terrible wrong. Now the gods and angels give her another...
  • Sana
    Jul 25, 2018
    This is a 'Lovecraftian sci-fi with cyborg angels (and supercomputer Gods, and an #ownvoices autistic protag)'* and I can't waaaaaaaait *Source ...
  • S.J. Higbee
    Jun 22, 2019
    This original, dystopian science fiction adventure features brilliant Yasira Shien, who happens to be on the autistic spectrum and gay. I liked the main protagonist, whose autism was convincingly depicted throughout, especially when she was in difficult situations ? which happened a ...
  • Skye Kilaen
    Sep 17, 2019
    Mini-review: Extremely satisfying sci-fi + cosmic horror with a queer autistic gal scientist lead. I especially loved the backstory for the world, with godlike AIs setting strict limits for human technological progress. If you have this on your TBR, I highly recommend moving it up. :) ...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    Sep 26, 2019
    3.5 Stars This has to be one of the most unique science fiction stories that I have read. Often, science fiction stories tend to follow a stereotypical formula so was refreshing to find a book that was so different. The author showed incredible creativity surrounding the technology an...
  • Jocelyn
    Jul 03, 2019
    Review First off, can I just say how impressed I was to receive a debut novel featuring an autistic central character written by an autistic writer? So often we get characters who aren?t neurotypical written by those who are and it?s hard to know how well it actually represent...
  • Lindsay
    Jun 26, 2019
    Space opera with a Lovecraftian edge and a neuro-diverse cast. Humanity has spread to the stars thanks to the Gods, entities far-evolved from human-created quantum super computers. Scientist Yasira Shien leads an effort about a space station orbiting the planet of Jai to create some...
  • Chris Berko
    Jul 26, 2019
    Everything I love about fiction is found in here. You can tell who the author's influences are, no shocker there look at the front cover and read the back cover, but this story is totally its own thing and remains fresh and unique throughout. If you plan on reading this and I recommend...
  • Lata
    Jun 22, 2019
    This book was wonderful! I don't have anything particularly intelligent to say about this book otherwise as I'm still in the "I love it!" phase. I loved main character Yasira Shien, with her love of science, her difficulties relating to others because of her sensitivities (autism-relat...
  • Allison Hurd
    Oct 07, 2019
    I thought this book was going to be epic, given how it started. The beginning made excellent use of classic Lovecraftian style horror to the point I got a delightful shiver down my spine. However, I don't think it quite lived up to its promise. CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)[ Tortu...
  • Hank
    Oct 25, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded up because I always like weird. This was a solid 4 star book right up until the end. I loved the idea of the Outside and I never had a good idea where the story was going which, for me, is also fun. I thought the AI "angels" were well done. Omnipotent in a very AI ...
  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    Apr 12, 2019
    Thank you to Angry Robot and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion about the book in any way. As soon as I saw in the netgalley synopsis that the main character was autistic I didn?t know how quickly to hit the request ...
  • La La
    Jul 28, 2019
    The autism representation was just too off the tracks for me in this one. You can't teach people with autism to identify social constructs they don't see in the first place, and to be embarrassed about breaking them... like being too blunt (truthful). It's like saying you can teach a c...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Mar 11, 2019
    This is the 3rd book recently that I have read or reading that has characters with disabilities and I think that?s bloody brilliant! This book was crazy as hell and I loved it! I mean an autistic scientist WOMAN! <-- Hell yes! Freaking robot angels and computer Gods! <-...
  • Hélène Louise
    Apr 25, 2019
    I was very excited by the premises of this book ; its beginning (aside from one point, see below) was really good. In fact I read with pleasure most of the book before losing patience and interest. Why, it's rather difficult to say, probably because the story in itself didn't manage t...
  • Justine
    Jun 26, 2019
    3.5 stars A mind bender, but not so much so that I couldn't follow what was going on. There were some great ideas, such as the Gods and minion angels being ascended from quantum computers that achieved sentience and essentially took over shepherding humanity in a way that suits thei...
  • Jay
    Apr 14, 2019
    Everyone seems to be making this huge deal about the main character being an autistic queer female, and that's great and all, but the overall story didn't do much for me. Honestly the main character got on my nerves with all her introspection. Overall it fluctuated between 2 and 3 star...
  • Bogi Takács
    Dec 31, 2018
    I was asked to blurb this book, and this is what I wrote: "THE OUTSIDE combines science and magic into a terrifyingly coherent whole. Yasira?s quest reaches beyond the limits of human minds, and Hoffmann takes us all the way there, with paradoxical precision. THE OUTSIDE tackles t...
  • Scott
    Nov 24, 2019
    It?s damned refreshing to read a book where the central character struggles with being genuinely different. And I don?t mean different in the sense of being a little weird, or quirky, the drinks-tea-in-a-coffee-culture eccentricities commonly used in novels to set a character ou...
  • Sarah
    Oct 26, 2019
    I said I wasn?t done with this, but it turns out I am. I just don?t want to continue. The making of AI into gods just sort of made me bonkers. The science is way above my head, and after reading the comments in the group-finished-thread I don?t anticipate liking it any better...
  • 〰️Beth〰️
    Oct 24, 2019
    The gods torture... The synopsis had such promise. If this was not part of a group read I would have stopped at about the half way mark. There are many reworkings of Lovecraft, but I did not feel this was one. The only character that seemed developed with a back story was Ev. The...
  • Vigasia
    Apr 03, 2019
    The Outside is a novel with brilliant protagonist who lead quite cool life, having good girfliend and leading a very important project. But suddenly something goes wrong, the project goes BUM and Yashira finds herself responsible for death of over a hundred people and kidnapped on fore...
  • Gabi
    Sep 29, 2019
    The 3 star rating is for the time being, because I have to re-read large passages of the novel. I liked the take on the neural atypical characters. I could readily identify with them. Yet I had a hard time concentrating on the story per se. This happened to me once before, when I w...
  • Hester J. Rook
    Mar 04, 2019
    Such a good book! Full of gays and space and tech gods. Full of interesting ideas and beautifully written. ...
  • Isaac R. Fellman
    Mar 04, 2019
    Outstanding worldbuilding, an original setting which combines theology with cosmology, and a special kind of authorial trust in the characters that is difficult to explain but gives the story a unique emotional reach. I received an ARC for this, and I fully expect it to be the next maj...