The Edge of Everything, by Jeff Giles | Book Review #213

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29566060For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

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. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate,  and their future.


The Edge of Everything, by Jeff Giles, is a Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.

The Edge of Everything is an adventure that I didn’t think I would ever go on! Meaning, I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book quite like The Edge of Everything, before. I think what I like most about this novel was the fact that Zoe and X would do almost anything so they could be together.

In this book, there are two points of view. What I really like about these view points is primarily, for most of the book, the points of view don’t alternate between chapters. Instead the points of view between Zoe and X are sectioned off into pretty thick sections. Until the end of the book, where the story calls for their POV’s to be intermingled.

The first point of view that we have is from Zoe! I really liked reading from Zoe’s point of view. Zoe brings a certain freakout to the ‘normal’ of the book. And that’s saying something because after a few pages into the book, nothing becomes normal. Zoe is completely headstrong and when the situation needs it, won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. In this it’s clear that Zoe is still a teenager, although if I’m recalling correctly, we don’t ever hear (read) how old Zoe actually is.

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The fore edge of the book says: ‘ONE MORE SOUL’ – Pretty neat!

X is well, a lot like me in the sense that he doesn’t really talk all that much, and when he does it sounds kind of weird in that “what are you trying to say” way. X can be stubborn but for the most part is restrained. X has had a completely messed up childhood. You can’t even call his childhood a ‘childhood’ honestly. For lack of spoilers I won’t say much more about X, since he’s such a mystery in general.

The writing in this book is strangely satisfying. The writing flows effortlessly and the imagery that accompanies the writing is stunning. — There aren’t pictures in the book; which I am THANKFUL for, but the words created scenes in my mind were great. I won’t be forgetting The Edge of Everything for a while yet!

As much as I enjoyed The Edge of Everything, I’m a little upset that the few predictions I had made about this book came true, or were incredibly close to what actually happened. Aside from that, I didn’t really have any problems with this book! And it was awesome that my province, British Columbia, was mentioned! Not only was the mentioning of BC a shock to the system, but it was pleasant to think that part of the story took place in Canada. Especially knowing that a lot of books these days take place in the States, but that’s another post for another day.

I like the creativity behind the majority of the novel as well. The thought that went behind a few of the characters is remarkable, and while we don’t get a huge history on either of the characters, we do get snippets. Those snippets are very interesting, especially when these snippets are pertaining towards X and the history of what he is. — While we don’t get too much of an answer, we do get an answer. If that makes sense.

If The Edge of Everything is to be a standalone novel, I am 100% satisfied with this book. If not, The Edge of Everything was still a pretty great novel. I’m 25% sure though, that The Edge of Everything is going to be part of something bigger than an standalone. I still don’t know what, but the way that The Edge of Everything ends, it has to be part of something bigger than itself.

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I ended up giving The Edge of Everything 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads!

I didn’t have high hopes for The Edge of Everything, so going into the book not knowing anything and finding out what a story this was, was great! If there’s going to be a second novel, I would love love love to read it!

Have you read The Edge of Everything? What do/did you think of this novel? If you haven’t read it yet, do you think you’re going to?

Happy Reading!
Adele

 

 

 

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