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The Darkness Outside Us

By Eliot Schrefer
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Publisher Description

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 *

106 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“I loved the execution of this novel more than the plot itself. I loved the writing style and the way the character's emotions and responses were written but the plot felt a tad bit too slow for me to completely enjoy it. However, I must admit I am head over heels for gay boys in space trope. I like that they're discovering a new planet, working and growing with each other.💖”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptiveFuturistic
Slightly Smiling Face“finished this a few days ago and really enjoyed the audiobook. i haTE the trope where days repeat itself in movies and shows but in this it was done differently :) i wish we got more information on the world building / explanation though”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersFast-pacedUnpredictable
Anxious Face with sweat“waaaahhh”
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Characters change and growCuteLikable charactersEasy to readPoeticHeartbreakingMind-bendingFuturisticMeaningfulRushed ending
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenComplexMind-bendingMade me cryMemorable

About Eliot Schrefer

Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times bestselling author, has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, and has won the Green Earth Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for Children’s Literature. His novels include the Lost Rainforest series, Endangered, Threatened, Rescued, Orphaned, and two books in the Spirit Animals series. He lives in New York City, is on the faculty of the Hamline University and Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in creative writing programs, and reviews books for USA Today. Visit him online at www.eliotschrefer.com.

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