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The Outside

Written by: Ada Hoffmann
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Humanity's super-intelligent AI gods brutally punish breaches in reality, as one young scientist discovers, in this intense and brilliant space opera.

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 them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor. 

With her homeworld's fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out.

©2019 Ada Hoffmann (P)2019 Recorded Books

What the critics say

"Hoffmann confidently layers morality and disability rights into a breezily told adventure that bursts with sheer fun.... This beautifully smart, uncynical space opera will charm fans of Charles Stross and Lois McMaster Bujold." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • M
  • 2019-09-17

Fantastic!

Big fan! Hope to hear more from this author! Reminded me a bit of Raven Strategem.

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  • MsHarmony
  • 2020-01-27

Satisfied All My Cravings For a Sci-Fi Book

Hoffmann’s world is populated by a variety of post op angels, vague gods who rule over them, good, bad and so-so aliens, and an intrepid and brilliant young autistic scientist who embarks on the journey of her life. Without getting into the story line, let me just say, it was interesting, clever and refreshingly original; beautifully written and spot on narration. It kept my full attention front to back.
I just read there is a sequel tentatively set. I hope it’s with the same narrator, Nancy Wu.

Anyway, 5 stars, 2 thumbs’ up and a resounding Yes!

PS It's months later and I've re-read The Outside only to love it even more than the first time. I thought Nancy Wu's narration was perfect. Her voice captured the inner musings of young Yasira, the hesitant, lost and confused and yet oh-so determined genius scientist we follow on her path of discoveries. Please Ada Hoffmann, hurry with the next one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-04

Not good.

Not much happens and then a character becomes suddenly important and we're supposed to care.

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  • josh
  • 2019-09-13

not enough. poor story arc.

the parts of a story are there. it has interesting sci-fi. add it to your love craft portfolio.
but it lacks story arc. i'm left saying to my self, Do i care what happens? should i sit through this?
great narration.

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  • Ron A. Parsons
  • 2019-12-14

Gods, souls, religion

Did a double take on this, thought it was scify
-turned out medieval fantasy
Was closer