The Edge of Everything
author : jeff giles
pages : [hardcover] 368
favorite character : ripper
It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.
Gripping and full of heart, this epic journey will bring readers right to the edge of everything.
OKAY SO THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC BUT IT NEEDS A SEQUEL AND IT DOESN’T SAY THAT THERE’S ONE EVER COMING?? AND THIS BOOK COMES OUT IN JANUARY 2017 BUT I READ IT IN JULY 2016 EXPECTING IT TO BE A STANDALONE, HAVE I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE?
Possibly, because it was fantastic and now I have to wait probably forever for a sequel. This is terrible. This is worse than a hand full of papercuts. This is worse than leaving out your favorite book in a rainstorm.
Okay. So. The Edge of Everything was a book I went into knowing literally nothing about because the ARC I have of it doesn’t have the summary on it. Or at least didn’t print it anywhere I thought it necessary to be. I love going into books knowing little to nothing about them, so dove right in. Or, actually, before bed one night I read the first few pages and then consciously had to stop myself because I knew that if I continued, I’d never get to sleep. That’s how immediately gripping it is. I made an excellent choice, too, because the entire next day I read the book.
The Edge of Everything is crazy. Zoe isn’t a perfect main character (even though I know somewhat about her life, I don’t feel very attached. I don’t really know what her hopes and dreams are at all). But she’s a strong lady. She’s basically been keeping her family together ever since her father died in a caving incident and she’s so great with her little brother, who has ADHD and is adorable and owns a ladybug shaped bed. Through crazy circumstances she meets a young man she names X and their worlds collide.
This is the kind of book where you have to allow yourself to accept star-crossed romance because there’s insta-love all over it. Zoe and X know each other for three days (more or less) and they’re already prepared to move worlds for each other. There are some ways in which this totally makes sense (more for X, with his strange background, than for normal Zoe) and some where I was slightly tempted to roll my eyes. But The Edge of Everything managed to stay on the edge (ha) of becoming too much of a ridiculous romance. Because it became about more than romance. It became a story about finding yourself, gaining freedom, understanding others, learning mercy . . . Ugh. I loved this book so much.
There isn’t much about the different worlds aspect that I can say without giving anything away, so I won’t mention anything at all. I loved going into it and learning all about it through X’s experiences and explanations, so that’s the approach I’d recommend to other readers. Then you can come back here and rave about it to me as much as I just have.
Basically, this book is awesome. It shows everyone is neither fully evil or fully good. It shows how our world looks through the eyes of another. It shows how interesting insta-love can be if you just suck it up and deal with it like I did.