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 t Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. Bu...

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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

  • Chessa
    Apr 12, 2019
    Whew, this is some mind-bendy super interesting science fiction! I?ve only read a little Iain M. Banks, but this kind of high concept SF with BIG AIs playing a major role in the story - Banks?s Player of Games kept coming back to me as I read The Outside (in a cool way, not a deriv...
  • Sarah
    Feb 03, 2019
    Clever, thoughtful space SF. ...
  • Paula
    Mar 24, 2019
    I'd seen this book mentioned in a few places on Twitter, so I was very glad to see it pop up on Netgalley and then get approved for it - the premise alone was enough to intrigue me and I wondered whether it was going to live up to my expectations. In the end, it was a pretty good fit f...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tsana Dolichva
    Jun 30, 2019
    The Outside by Ada Hoffmann is the author's debut novel. It is a far-future science fiction story with some really interesting world-building details and an autistic protagonist. I enjoyed it a lot. Really, the most interesting part of this story was the world-building and everythin...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Sunyi Dean
    Apr 19, 2019
    I received an ARC of this Angry Robot book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. My opinions are my own :-) Autistic writers are severely underrepresented in SFF, despite the fact that we make up a huge proportion of the fanbase. One could make a case for aut...
  • 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...
  • Alexa
    Jun 07, 2019
    I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. More queer autistic scientist women, please! The Outside by Ada Hoffmann is a complicated novel that blends autism, heretics, "madness" and understanding in a world where humans are governed by AI Gods. Since t...
  • 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...
  • Jess Crafts
    May 05, 2019
    This is an adult scifi all about the laws of physics, what monsters lurk just outside the limits of human perception and what happens if those laws of time and space aren't real. Or alternately, you could say it's all about AI that's become so advanced they claim themselves as gods and...
  • 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...
  • Emma Osborne
    Mar 27, 2019
    Disclosure: I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. OK, so I absolutely fucking loved this book. Yasira is a brilliant protagonist (in so many senses of the word) and her relationships - with her ex-mentor, with her partner, with the Gods and Angels who ru...
  • 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...
  • kari
    Feb 10, 2019
    Disclosure: I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. It was a riveting, dazzling, glorious novel; whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the plot took an unexpected turn; when I thought that all lies have been uncovered, Hoffmann p...
  • 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...
  • Erika
    Jul 24, 2019
    This was a very interesting concept but I felt like the execution was a bit complicated yet at the same time it was the right course? I'm a bit confused on what to feel about this book since there were many things introduced with minimal explanation to half of them. Nevertheless, it fe...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...