On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

This week's book review is written by Adult/Teen Services Librarian, Mandy Sprague. Miss last week's blogpost? Check it out here: Writing Down the Bones. Happy reading!!

On the Edge of Gone
By Corinne Duyvis

Young Adult | Science Fiction| Apocalyptic | Contemporary |Ability/Culturally Diverse Voices

Audience: 12 & up.

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

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 near 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.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. 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?

Mandy’s Review:

Duyvis’s opening scene is impactful. Literally! The reader joins a panicky Denise at 20 minutes to impact as she begs her sluggish mother to leave for their shelter, throwing the reader into the chaos of this apocalyptic event. Duyvis’s attention to detail, vivid descriptions, and complex characters creates a realistic story that reads more like contemporary fiction than sci-fi.

On the Edge of Gone’s cast is wonderfully diverse. It’s refreshing to see well-written characters who are skillfully crafted. Duyvis brings authenticity to Denise’s experiences as an author who is on the Autistim spectrum. Duyvis’s other novels also feature diverse casting, including her well-received fantasy debut for teens, Otherbound, which won the Bisexual Book Award.

Readers will feel drawn into Denise’s story and crave a sequel to this standalone novel. Highly recommended.


YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults: 2017