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Outside

byGustavo Bondoni

Paperback | April 15, 2017

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A novel of Interstellar Contact, Virtual Worlds, and the Essence of Humanity.

 

 Earth is empty of humans. This surprising observation stymies Rome and his shipmates, crew of the starship come to re-establish contact from the colonies. What could have happened in the 500-years of the non-interference treaty to vanish everyone?

 Meanwhile, on Earth, Emily is living her computer-simulated life, along with the rest of Earth’s residents: bodies stored in vast underground chambers, minds living without disease, poverty, or pain. But dramatic change is coming to their carefully regulated virtual world. Impenetrable black walls suddenly cut off cities. Monsters appear, destroying all they touch. Emily’s expertise has her on the front line of the investigation, trying to understand these frightening developments.

 When Rome and Emily meet, it seems they’ve found the answers to each other’s mysteries. But as the colonists and Earth engage in tense diplomacy, suppressed histories are revealed, and a tyrant with frightening powers rises. Together, Rome and Emily discover the terrifying secret buried deep underground that threatens the existence of everyone on Earth.

 

Guatavo Bodoni is an award-winning Argentinian author who has written over a hundred short stories published in fourteen countries, in seven languages. With his novel, Outside, he shows his fluency with English language science fiction.

 

"This book is amazing...Rome and Emily are both very well formed characters that stand fantastically on their own and when they come together, it's just even better...This is a fast paced, fresh, fantastic work of science fiction."
--Readers' Favorite

Guatavo Bodoni is an award-winning Argentinian author who has written over a hundred short stories published in fourteen countries, in seven languages. With his novel, Outside, he shows his fluency with English language science fiction.
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Title:OutsideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.61 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Guardbridge BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1911486144

ISBN - 13:9781911486145

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Reviewed By Kathryn Bennett for Readers’ FavoriteOutside by Gustavo Bondoni takes us into a world where Earth no longer has humankind upon it. When Rome and his shipmates aboard a starship come to the blue planet, they wonder what could have happened in the last 500 years. Meanwhile, upon the blue planet, Emily lives a life of computer simulation, along with everyone else who remains on Earth. Their actual bodies are stored underground while their minds live in a virtual Utopia, until monsters and walls begin to appear. Rome and Emily follow their different mysteries and cross paths, and seem to get answers to some of their questions, but they stir up a hornet's nest in the process. Were things better left alone?I am the first one to admit that I picked this book to read because one of the main character's name was Rome. Hey, what can I say? I love Roman history and while I knew it was science fiction, I thought it could be fun. I am very glad that I made this judgment call because this book is amazing. While some of the concepts and elements of the story are not new, the way the tale is told is fresh and exciting. Rome and Emily are both very well formed characters that stand fantastically on their own and when they come together, it's just even better. They have to navigate a world of problems and issues that I can't even imagine and I loved taking this journey with them, through the fear, the worries of uncovering a tyrant and worse! All in all, this book gets two huge thumbs up from me and I look forward to reading more from this author. This is a fast paced, fresh, fantastic work of science fiction.