Author: Corinne Duyvis
Pages: 464 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Source: For Review
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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 is set in the near future, and the world is preparing to be hit by an asteroid. Denise and her mother are running late to their appointed shelter because Denise’s sister, Iris, is missing. They don’t know if she’s already at the shelter, at another one, or on her way home, so their mother wants to wait. But an asteroid waits for no one, and soon they’re on their way, only to get sidetracked. Luckily, they find shelter on a generationship. Too bad they’re not allowed to stay past impact.
I really enjoyed On the Edge of Gone. I’m a complete sucker for natural disaster type apocalypse stories, so I was really excited for this one. What made it even more exciting was getting the POV of an autistic girl. I do believe this was my first book with an autistic narrator. Denise has such a clear voice and I really liked her. She is determined to not only find her sister, but to prove to everyone on the generationship that she’s useful, so that they can stay onboard. She definitely does what she sets out to do!
On the Edge of Gone isn’t very action packed, even given the whole asteroid destroys Earth premise. There’s some destruction in the beginning, and then a few scenes where Denise’s life is in danger for various reasons. But I’d definitely describe this as a more character driven story, which is fine, although not my preference. I guess I was just hoping for more about what was going on in the world and the dangers people are facing, maybe some space travel. I still enjoyed watching Denise save herself, her family, and other survivors though.
On the Edge of Gone is a very enjoyable read. It does drag in some places, and feels repetitive at times. But I did love Denise and getting to know her. The ending did leave me wanting more though. It’s not an open ending or anything like that, but like I said, I would have liked to have seen some space travel. I want to know what happens next!