On the Edge of Gone

On the Edge of Gone

by Corinne Duyvis

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ISBN-13: 9781432863562
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 02/28/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Corinne Duyvis is a novelist and short story writer and an editor of the website Disability in Kidlit. She’s a graduate of the Clarion West writer’s workshop and lives in Amsterdam. Her first novel, Otherbound, received four starred reviews, and Horn Book called it “a humdinger of an adventure that contains the agony of loyalty, the allure of magic, and, most gratifyingly, the element of surprise.” www.corinneduyvis.net.

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On the Edge of Gone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world is ending, its a fact that humanity has been able to try and cope with for months. A comet is going to hit the Earth. People need to either be on spaceships bound for Earth-like planets or a shelter and hope they can survive. Denise and her family have a temporary shelter they can go to, but at this point, they're going to be too late. That is, until they find a generation ship that hasn't left Earth yet. That's where On The Edge of Gone begins. At first I was apprehensive about this book because I normally don't like apocalyptic media, but this is not an apocalypse movie, which may be why people claim nothing happens for 200 pages. Things do happen in the beginning, but in comparison to the comet and tsunami that happens in the first 100 pages or so, people may be annoyed it's more character based. Speaking of the characters, I loved the cast and even the secondary characters, I wanted them to succeed and live in this apocalypse (Apocalypse novels are weird like that, some times th eantagonist isn't evil, which I think makes for a better story. It's just humans acting out of survival, not wanting to hurt strangers, but putting strangers first). I loved Denise and loved how her autism wasn't an after thought; it was a clear constant throughout the novel and showed how her dealing with the apocalypse was different than others. Really overall, the novel showed how easy representation is to include, mentioning someone's hijab or that they're sitting Shiva, it's a quick way of making your characters not cis, straight, white, Christian, and abled and I loved it throughout the novel. It also made it clear how other books are lacking. Again, I loved this novel and I recommend it to people who don't usually read apocalypse fiction. Also to everyone else. Everyone should read this. It's just fantastic
Rebecca Petruck More than 1 year ago
Duyvis's depiction of the world post-comet impact feels so REAL. But what makes ON THE EDGE OF GONE a page-turner is the human plight of Denise, a 16-year-old who, like any of us, wants to LIVE, yet has family who seriously complicate this seemingly straightforward goal. Duyvis deftly confronts issues of what it means to be human, in all its messiness, and does it through a voice we don't hear enough in fiction--Denise is autistic. While there is plenty of external action and world destruction, where ON THE EDGE OF GONE truly shines is in its kind yet stark portrayal of people who want to do the right thing but are also terrified for themselves and loved ones. Life or death decisions may not feel like they leave room for CHOICE, but they do. As a character says, "If I survive, it won't be at anyone else's expense. That's not the way I want us to go out."
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
I love YA Sci-Fi, and ON THE EDGE OF GONE was soooo different from any other YA Sci-Fi I've read and it was awesome. Usually apocalyptic-type books are post-apocalyptic, but ON THE EDGE OF GONE starts right before a massive comet strikes Earth and obliterates everything, then continues on in the days afterward and people try to survive and Denise tries to get her family safely off-planet. Denise struggles with a lot—her autism makes everything she experiences more difficult for her to handle, all the while she resents people knowing about her disability (particularly when she isn't the one to reveal it), and because she's Black in a very white area that comes up as a subtle obstacle several times too. At the same time, her Dutch mother is an addict, and her mother's struggle with addiction and how it affects Denise and her family plays a major role in the book. Plus trying to survive on a dying planet. Plus trying to find Denise's missing sister, Iris. Plus trying to get her family aboard the ship bound for the stars. ON THE EDGE OF GONE was fascinating and totally captivating. I really connected to Denise and felt her highs and lows while reading, the characters were really complex and interesting, and honestly the whole thing just felt like something that could really happen, which made it a tad chilling, too. All in all, I very much enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to see what Corinne Duyvis has for us next. Super recommended if you like YA Sci-Fi and are looking for something different, or would like to read an authentic portrayal of an autistic protagonist, or just want to read a great book. Diversity note: As the author puts it, "The protagonist is an autistic, biracial, part-Dutch part-Surinamese Black girl. The story also features a prominent bisexual trans Black girl, as well as lesbian, Muslim, and Jewish characters, among others." The author is also autistic, so that part is #ownvoices.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** A while ago, I got the chance to read Corinne's debut novel and I loved it SO much. It was one of the best books that I've read and I even recently loaned out my copy to a friend because of how wonderful and unique it was. Because of that, I definitely had high hopes going into her second novel, and, luckily, I was not disappointed. In this book, the end of the world is coming from a comet that will hit earth. Everyone on earth has known this was going to happen for a while and even began to prepare by making bunkers so that everyone can survive the very first impact and then try to live from there. The day that the comic is supposed to hit, Denise and her mother wait so long for her sister, Iris, to come. She thought that she'd never be able to make it to the shelter at the rate they were going, and she was right. What's a girl to do with the world's demise looming over her head? I ATE THIS BOOK RIGHT UP. One of my favorite things about it was the amount of diversity. Denise is autistic and her mother was a drug addict, and those are only just two examples! I was very impressed with the amount of diversity and I was appreciative that the diversity was not completely showy either to the point where it was annoying. I also love how the world was going to end by comet. Sure, I've read books like that, but just the way that the end of the world was happening was very original for me, and I was impressed. The story was also mainly a story of survival, which I found to be unusually unique. I usually don't read slower paced survival stories but I read this one and loved it. It's not very fast paced all the time though, so be warned of that before you go in. I don't mind pacing, so it was great for me. If you have a chance, I definitely suggest picking up a copy of this book. It was just as good as Corinne's debut, if not better!
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
That was super good, and a great example of how diversity makes a book stronger: being autistic means Denise has loaded fears about whether she'll be able to earn her space on the generation ship that would save her life; her sister being trans and therefore unable to procreate means the same. They add hugely to the plot without being the plot, which is something it's really nice to be able to actively expect now from a Corinne Duyvis novel. I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but this book totally won me over, and I highly recommend it.