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?
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.