5 Things About On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

February 22, 2016 Review 26 ★★★★

5 Things About On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
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Publisher: Amulet
Source: Publisher
Pages: 464
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Siblings, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one.

Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


ON THE EDGE OF GONE reminded me of all the things I enjoy about the sci-fi genre. I have a weird interest in end of the world books because something like this could definitely happen someday in reality. Above all, I liked how the situation of the world ending naturally progressed and how we were there almost every step of the way, trying to survive right along with the rest of humanity. Overall, this was a really great read.

It has diversity without blatantly pointing out that it has diversity.

Nothing is more frustrating than having a book point out a character’s skin color or mental condition every few pages, so it was awesome that ON THE EDGE OF GONE didn’t do that. All of these topics need to be talked about and more widely accepted, instead of just being made a point out of.

Denise, the main character, is awesome.

She just might be the most realistic heroine I’ve ever read about. Denise shows every side of her character: her flaws, her strengths, her vulnerability, and everything else that makes her character feel like a real person. Denise has autism and it was incredibly eye-opening to read from her POV.

The side characters could have been developed a little further.

While some effort was made to make them likable, I felt like they could have been used more and I would have liked to know more about their backstories. Some characters were introduced only to never make another appearance.

Some plotlines were left open-ended.

Open endings are either a hit or miss for me and this one worked pretty well overall. However, there were some smaller events that I wish could have been tied up for a more complete conclusion. (I wouldn’t say no to a sequel!)

It’s so easy to read.

Although this is almost a five-hundred page novel, it doesn’t feel too long. Every page flows well and I had read one-hundred pages before I even knew it. Still, I’m not entirely sure this one couldn’t have been trimmed down.


ON THE EDGE ON GONE is definitely worth checking out, it has so many great elements. I can’t wait to read Corinne Duyvis’ other novels now, she definitely can tell an impressive story.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.8

26 Responses to “5 Things About On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Oh this sounds really promissing!! It’s new to me, but I love the sound of the blended-in diversity, the characters and the end-of-the-world setting!! I’m really curious as to what will go down, and the family dynamics too! I’ve never read a book with an autistic character but I’m all for it – especially with a sci-fi apocalyptic read :D Awesome review^^
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…Review: The Son of Neptune

  2. Ella A.

    Wow! This book sounds really good! I’m so happy that you liked it! I can’t wait to see other amazing reviews by you and Bec!

    • Alise

      Right? It’s refreshing but sad because that;s how it should be in all books. You should, I also struggle with sci-fi but had no issues with this one!

  3. Lonna | FLYLēF

    Denise sounds like an incredible character. My nephew is autistic, so it would be interesting to see how the author folds this element into the story. I’ve noticed it too; more and more stories are focusing on diversity. I like that there is a subtly with On the Edge of Gone that seems to work really well. Curious…Do you think “on the edge of gone” is referring to Denise’s mental state, or the end of the world?
    Lonna | FLYLēF recently posted…Truthwitch (The Witchlands 1)

    • Alise

      Lonna I would love to know your perspective on this book then! If you ever read it, let me know! While Denise struggles with some aspects, she remains a strong character (and is actually better put together than a lot of the rest of the characters) so I think it means the end of the world but that is just my opinion.

  4. Wendy

    I read an ARC of this as well and pretty much agree with everything you said ^_^ Yeah I had issues relating to the side characters too, especially Iris and their mother, and I loved Denise SO much. Even though I’m neurotypical and couldn’t personally relate to some aspects of her character specific to her autism, the author was great at making me feel for her every step of the way.
    And yes, this book is a great example of how it’s possible for aspects of the characters’ identities to be weaved in naturally, and to be inclusive/realistic without being tokenistic.

    • Alise

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as well! Denise was such an awesome, refreshing main character and I really want to read the other book by this author. I completely agree :) Thanks for stopping by!

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