The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Publication date: 09 February 2017
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Length: 368 pages
Published by: Bloomsbury Childrens, Bloomsbury Publishing
Available at: Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Every day, Zoe struggles to keep going. The cruel winter took her father’s life and left her angry and brokenhearted. As she carries her little brother through a snowstorm that could kill him in minutes, her only thought is finding shelter. The cabin beyond the woods is far from the place of safety she hoped it would be, but it is there that she meets a man whose muscular body marked with strange and primitive tattoos hints at an extraordinary story. He has the power to light up the lake, and with it, Zoe’s world.
Zoe calls the stranger X. He is a bounty hunter, tormented by the evils of his victims that course through his veins. X has never felt anything but hate, until he meets Zoe. She shows him what his heart is really for, and if they can find a way to be together, just maybe his pain can help Zoe forget her own.
This high-stakes, heart-pounding romance will leave readers breathless for this break-out new series and its sequel.
I received an ebook ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for providing me with this copy.
This is one of those YA books that I think will prove a hit beyond its target demographic. It is told from the point of view of teenager Zoe, and like her, it is compelling and feisty.
All heroes/heroines should have admirable qualities (according to Aristotle), and Zoe meets this requirement whilst still being a normal teenager. She argues with her mum, doesn’t do as she’s told, spends a huge amount of time Snapchatting and messaging her friends, and only has passing respect for authority, but she also carries the trials in her life bravely, looks after her little brother, explores caves, and has a fierce idea of fairness and loyalty.
I loved X, and his story. To say much would be to give away a great deal, but through his story good and evil fight against each other, and the question of how bad a person must be to deserve the harshest of punishments comes up in different guises.
The romance between Zoe and X is wrapped up in a plot worthy of a thriller. I enjoyed every second. The plot is twisty, and had lots of nice, unexpected turns. It would make a great read on a rainy day; you’ll feel like you’ve run to Hell and back again, exhilarated and slightly out of breath, without having to leave your armchair.