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  • The Darkness Outside Us

  • Written by: Eliot Schrefer
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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The Darkness Outside Us

Written by: Eliot Schrefer
Narrated by: James Fouhey
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Publisher's Summary

They Both Die at the End meets The Loneliest Girl in the Universe in this mind-bending sci-fi mystery and tender love story about two boys aboard a spaceship sent on a rescue mission, from two-time National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer. Stonewall Honor Award winner!

Two boys, alone in space. Sworn enemies sent on the same rescue mission.

Ambrose wakes up on the Coordinated Endeavor with no memory of a launch. There’s more that doesn’t add up: evidence indicates strangers have been on board, the ship’s operating system is voiced by his mother, and his handsome, brooding shipmate has barricaded himself away. But nothing will stop Ambrose from making his mission succeed—not when he’s rescuing his own sister.

In order to survive the ship’s secrets, Ambrose and Kodiak will need to work together and learn to trust each other . . . especially once they discover what they are truly up against. Love might be the only way to survive.

* Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books of the Year * A Booklist Editor's Choice of the Year * A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book of the Year * A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults & Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Book of the Year *

©2021 Eliot Schrefer (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Well balanced

wonderfully queer while holding its own as a brilliant sci-fi story. I do wish we got some different POV's but a good story despite that.

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Great story with a touching delivery

Loved this book.I found myself thinking about it long after stepping away from it. Highly recommend.

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Gays in space!

The scariest part about this sci-fi story was that they had no moisturizer on the entire ship.

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Not what I was expecting but loved it all the same

what an incredible story. it was unique and left me in awe. the ending alone was something I never knew I needed

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Absolutely loved it!

Very emotional listen, can be a little confusing to follow at some moments but that could just be me. I was very satisfied with the ending, one of my favorite endings for a book. all in all it was pretty awesome.

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HOLY SHITTT

this shit was bonkers ! will be thinking about this for the rest of my life.

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Amazing plot twists

I am not surprised by most plot twists but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Amazing story, great production and performance.
LOVED IT

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Download it!!!!

amazing amazing amazing!!!! the narrator is an artisté! he did such a good job and he was funny! the story was epic. I did not expect it to be that good. 100% a sci-fi thriller/romance. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat, and fell in love. I even bought the hard copy!

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Mesmerizing

This story is so much. I loved every bit of it and I'm sad I will never be able to experience it again. James Fouhey does an excellent job at portraying the characters.

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Not what I expected - in the best way

I ate this book up.I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Emotional, and unpredictable - Hail Mary vibes but with a romance instead of friendship.

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