Book Review: 'The Darkness Outside Us' By Eliot Schrefer.

Ok, so I'm not a big reader of sci-fi, but ever since reading 'Legendborn,' by Tracy Deonn, a few months back I have been wanting to step out of my book comfort zone and have been finding myself drawn to so many different genres. I saw the cover for Eliot's book 'The Darkness Outside Us' on Twitter and Netgalley and immediately fell in love with it and then after reading the blurb I was intrigued and knew I had to give it a go.


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.

My Review

Within a matter of chapters I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It took me just a little minute to get into it in regards to understanding all the space terms and things around the space craft but once I got acquainted with this incredible world and the Coordinated Endeavor, I was hooked. 

I honestly can't say too much about this story because I really don't want to give any spoilers but it is a page turner for sure. I gasped a few times and their were a few moments where I was sad and gripping my Kindle because I had become incredibly attached to the characters. You will have to read it to find out what happens to them, eeek, my lips are sealed. 

I adored the adventure and thought it was absolutely fascinating and so creative. I was just sucked into this world and was right there with the characters in trying to figure the mission out. The characters of Ambrose and Kodiak were so much fun to get to know. I loved their personalities and how they evolved throughout the book and how they had to learn to get a long. Ambrose was more of the confident one and I loved his humour, but we get to see his vulnerable side and caring nature too. Kodiak was more stoic because of his upbringing, but we get to see him too relax his walls and open up as the story moves forward. I just loved the two of them so much. 

'The Darkness Outside Us' is a captivating read and such a beautiful story about creating your own destiny. It looks at love and how we can build strong and magical relationships if we really work hard at them and choose each other. Furthermore, it made me think about breaking down walls and looking past the ideals that society had created for us all. I think it holds the message of fighting these ideals and living the life that you want to live by creating the world that you want to live in, which was one of my favourite things about this book. 

I think Eliot created a bold, beautiful and interesting world and I'm really happy that Netgalley granted my request as I'm thrilled to have read it! 

This is definitely one to add to your TBR pile if you of course love Sci-Fi, but also if you love adventure, space and romance. You can pre-order it today. 

Happy reading! 


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