Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles @MrJeffGiles

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles book cover and review
The Edge of Everything is a good mix of adventure, survival, and a bit of the supernatural.

Zoe's life has been tough lately.  Her father was recently killed in a caving accident.  A blizzard is coming, and when her mom leaves her with her very energetic little brother, she lets him go outside with their two dogs.  He gets lost in the blizzard, and Zoe must go find him.  She's near death herself when she finds him and carries him to a neighbor's house that has been empty since their deaths.  But they aren't alone, and when she is attacked by a brutal stranger, a mysterious man saves her and attempts to kill the attacker.

The mysterious man is a bounty hunter from the Lowlands.  He's been sent to kill the man who attacked Zoe, and since Zoe asked him to let the man go, there's going to be "hell" to pay.  You see, the Lowlands is a place where evil people are taken when they die to become bounty hunters and bring other deserving souls to the Lowlands.  But "X," as Zoe names the mysterious man, is different than most souls in the Lowlands. And that's pretty much all I'm going to tell you.

Let's just get this issue out of the way:  The instalove is brutal.  I mean they fall for each other so fast it is mind boggling.  Now, let's move on.  Since X didn't fulfill his assignment, he must go back to the Lowlands, and he's sure to be punished.  He promises Zoe that he will someday come back to her...if he can.

In the meantime, Zoe is determined to make the authorities find her father's body deep inside a very dangerous cave, or else she's going to do it herself.

There is much more to the story and several more interesting characters.  The Edge of Everything really kept me entertained.  The danger mounts (several different times) and there are some big surprises.  I also had an issue with how reckless Zoe is when exploring the cave--she takes risks that I don't think were realistic, but I guess they were necessary to the story.

The big issues are unresolved at the end, but there is some closure for certain elements of the story. The Edge of Everything is an interesting mix of genres that I haven't seen much before, and I'm excited to read the sequel. I think my teens will enjoy it too.

Published by Bloomsbury, January 31, 2017
eARC obtained from NetGalley
368 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Not a fan of insta-love but I'm hoping this one will work for my reluctant readers. I think I read this will be a series.

  2. This one sounds like it would be a success with teenagers!

  3. This one sounds intriguing even despite the annoying insta-love factor (hate that!).

  4. I finished this day it came. The story is great, the characters well developed. You can really understand why they act the way they do. When this part of the story ended, it didn't leave me down and depressed, instead, there is a sense of hopefulness. I can't wait for the next one.

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