Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Pages: 485 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since the second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished.
More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.
Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy and soon suspects that something else is going on—that the universe is shrinking.
When Ozzie is paired up with the reclusive and secretive Calvin for a physics project, it’s hard for him to deny the feelings that develop between them, even if he still loves Tommy.
But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy—that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.
At the Edge of the Universe was so weird. I knew it was going to be weird, and it was, and that is great! Ozzie is the only person who remembers his boyfriend, Tommy. One day Tommy was there, and the next he simply wasn’t. Even photographs and Ozzie’s journal entries are missing Tommy. Ozzie is determined to find him, even though no one believes that Tommy ever existed. On top of that, the universe is shrinking at an alarming rate. Will the world exist long enough for Ozzie to find him?
At the Edge of the Universe was very similar to We Are the Ants in that it deals very heavily with serious topics but with a Sci Fi twist. Currently, Ozzie’s world revolves around finding Tommy. That’s basically all he wants to do. But then he meets Calvin who seems to be having a rougher go of things than Ozzie. Even though Ozzie wants to remain loyal to Tommy, he finds himself growing closer to Calvin and wanting to help him. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I feel like I must warn you that this part of the story centers around self harm and sexual abuse.
What I loved best about At the Edge of the Universe was that the universe shrinking was a physical manifestation of Ozzie’s self-centeredness, but also his almost co-dependence on Tommy. The world is a big place, and you’re suppose to have endless possibilities, but all Ozzie wants is to be with Tommy. Well, if Tommy’s gone, his universe just got a whole lot smaller. But it’s also bigger since now Ozzie has to go into the world alone and figure out what he wants to do. It also forces him to focus on his current relationships with his friends and family. Until the entire universe disappears and it’s just him.
I really enjoyed At the Edge of the Universe. It was entertaining, but also really makes you think. Are you stuck in the past? Are you too dependent on one person? Who are you? What are you doing with your life? Where does daylight come from if the Sun is gone?