The Edge of Everything

The Edge of Everything

For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in...

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Title:The Edge of Everything
Author:Jeff Giles
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages

The Edge of Everything Reviews

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    Apr 01, 2016

    Really solid book with an extremely unique plot. Super dark and somewhat scary at times. I was hooked from page one. And I really loved Zoe as a main character. She seemed like a very realistic and snarky teen and I loved her spirit. Also really adored the side characters too, her family, her school friends, X's friends in the Lowlands...they were all super interesting and fleshed out. Really good book, guys! It releases January 2017 and I highly suggest you add it to your TBR!

  • Joshua Gabriel (Forever Bookish Josh)
    Dec 02, 2016

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    . —X

    is one of the most emotionally shocking novels I've read this year. It was like reading

    and

    all over again. Trust me, booknerds; Please do not let the cute and fluffy cover fool you. I heartily applaud Jeff Giles (and the publisher) for thinki

    .

    . —X

    is one of the most emotionally shocking novels I've read this year. It was like reading

    and

    all over again. Trust me, booknerds; Please do not let the cute and fluffy cover fool you. I heartily applaud Jeff Giles (and the publisher) for thinking of such a deceptive cover.

    I approached this novel thinking that it was going to be a typical YA contemporary, so my expectations were low at worst and realistic at best. Now that I've finally finished it, I feel utterly foolish. In contrast to its light and beautiful cover,

    features a very dark, fantastical story. In fact, it could even be described as a thriller because it is one of those books that keep you on the edge of your seat as you constantly worry about the safety of the characters.

    From the get-go, I want you to know that

    has a love story reminiscent of

    . Most of the plot revolves around how Zoe and X desperately struggle to be together. However, their story is actually unique because X happens to be a paranormal bounty hunter, which in this context is tantamount to our modern Grim Reaper. X comes from a hellish place called the Lowlands, and he is tasked to collect the souls of unpunished criminals. For years, X has been resigned to his fate as a "killer," but everything changes when he falls in love with Zoe. Sadly, the melody of their relationship is anything but perfect because it has a harmony of deadly repercussions. In totality, I enjoyed the plot of this book because it was delightfully suspenseful.

    I found

    to be very intriguing because its characters were almost deliberately flawed. For instance, Zoe and X were aware of the dangers of their relationship, but they were too stubborn and selfish to break up. Also, both of them had a distinct distaste for obeying figures of authority. I felt so bad for Zoe's mother and brother, whose lives were shattered as collateral damage. Gleaning upon this, there were both character development and "character reduction" in this book. Zoe and X's romance made them braver and compassionate, but it simultaneously made them more apathetic towards the needs of others. Consequently, I did not have any favorite character in this book.

    Nevertheless, I must say that I admired Zoe's relationship with her brother Jonah, who had ADHD. Jonah had a very eccentric, naughty, and clingy personality, and I liked how Zoe was openly affectionate with him. She was usually sensitive to his needs, doing her best to meet them although it required her to go out of her comfort zone. I especially loved how she endearingly called him "bug." Overall, I am glad that Jeff Giles was able to delicately explore such a unique connection between siblings.

    The second issue/problem I had with this book was the instalove. Ugh, I honestly could not fathom the speed of Zoe and X's relationship. Or better yet, I cannot comprehend the idea of love at first sight. Even though it was eventually explained why Zoe and X fell for each other, I could not help but feel skeptical and disappointed. I lack experience in romance, yet I certainly would not immediately fall in love with someone who saved my life or made me realize my personal worth.

    In the end, I assure you that

    is thankfully not overhyped. I'm excited for others to read it next year because I desperately need someone with whom I could share my feels. This book was mildly heartbreaking. I actually expected it to be a stand-alone novel, but the cliffhanger of an ending suggests otherwise. Also, an article on Entertainment Weekly says that Jeff Giles sold his work as a series. Thus, I am a very happy fanboy. ^_^

  • Christine Riccio
    Feb 19, 2017

    I finished the Edge of Everything! There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about this book: the characters, the family dynamic, the sense of humor! I laughed a bunch. I wasn't a giant fan of the paranormal aspects, I much preferred the parts of the book that took place in our world. I'll go into more detail in video discussions to come (our booksplosion liveshow is march 2nd at 7:30 est) ! But it was a heartwarming read with unique lovable characters. I'd say it's a 3.8 for me!

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Nov 13, 2016

    I cannot believe that I expected this to be a contemporary romance novel. That’s what I get for only reading part of the synopsis. (It's totally the cover's fault.)

    But that’s okay, because I was still impressed (and surprised!) with ‘‘The Edge of Everything.’’

    It’s not your typical fantasy story exactly, unless you read many stories featuring bounty hunters.

    You know, one of my favourite romance-y tropes is when the two characters are not supposed to meet, but then they do, and it’s a coincidence

    I cannot believe that I expected this to be a contemporary romance novel. That’s what I get for only reading part of the synopsis. (It's totally the cover's fault.)

    But that’s okay, because I was still impressed (and surprised!) with ‘‘The Edge of Everything.’’

    It’s not your typical fantasy story exactly, unless you read many stories featuring bounty hunters.

    You know, one of my favourite romance-y tropes is when the two characters are not supposed to meet, but then they do, and it’s a coincidence that leads to something great.

    That’s exactly what happens between Zoe and bounty hunter X with supernatural powers. You see, fortunately enough, he was sent to kill someone who was terrorizing Zoe and her brother.

    I do admit that I’m a bit tired of the ‘‘saviour’’ element which seems to be everywhere and all the time, but at least Zoe is a strong character herself and very much capable of defending herself. And even if she fails, she’ll still keep trying, which is what matters most in a way.

    I liked the idea of ‘‘Lowlands,’’ some kind of hidden world that acts very much as a Hell with Lords and prisoners and assassins AKA bounty hunters (the equivalent of rippers!).

    There is a lot of action and even some mystery. It’s a thrilling read, while still being romantic and emotional. The ending felt relatively conclusive, so I’m not sure if this will get a sequel, but it’s a great standalone nonetheless.

    Romance is definitely one of the main themes. I mean, without the main characters falling in love, we would have no story. In a way, this is unfortunate, because it’s not as much of a slow-burn as I would have wished, but the romance rang true to my ears, and I must say I fell quite hard for X. Charming fellow.

    Zoe is a character impossible to dislike. She is the big sister, taking good care of her brother, and even acts as a mother to him when need be. She’s adventurous, courageous, has a strong sense of family and will brave mountains to save the people she cares for.

    A must read! Truly captivating! I’d like to see this world-building expand.

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  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Jan 11, 2017

    The Edge of Everything is one of the more gruesome young adult novels I've ever come across. One of the more unique ones too. It's the story of a creature named X who is a sort of supernatural bounty hunter who encounters a family one night when he is sent to claim a soul. X becomes attached to them and the teenage Zoe and it changes everything abou

    The Edge of Everything is one of the more gruesome young adult novels I've ever come across. One of the more unique ones too. It's the story of a creature named X who is a sort of supernatural bounty hunter who encounters a family one night when he is sent to claim a soul. X becomes attached to them and the teenage Zoe and it changes everything about the world he knows.

    First off, I enjoyed this book, but it was a little bit too grim and dark for me. I do think it will be a gigantic hit amongst many of those who read in the YA genre. It's very unique and very descriptive, Giles has a very cunning mind. There were moments when I actually felt nauseous from the descriptions and that's the mark of a fantastic writer!

    I loved the character of X and his story, the creepy and harsh world he was raised in. X was the best part about this book for me. Zoe, well. She's a teenage girl and she was written like one, which means she grated my nerves a bit, but ultimately she was a very realistic teen character. I would have liked to see more growth from her throughout the progression of the story.

    My other favorite parts were the characters Ripper and Banger, they were so much fun to read about and I kind of hope they get their own novellas and/or novels.

    I do think a lot of people will love and embrace this book.

  • Amber Robertson
    Feb 15, 2017

    I don't mind a good useless information dump, if it'll add to the plot later on. However, there were around

    info dumb in just the first chapter. I was so excited to read this after the prologue, but that first chapter killed me. It took me around

    to finish.

    For me, this book simply had too much telling and not enough showing through the writing. Then there was the fact I already hated the name of our main character - which is said frequently due to third person narrativ

    I don't mind a good useless information dump, if it'll add to the plot later on. However, there were around

    info dumb in just the first chapter. I was so excited to read this after the prologue, but that first chapter killed me. It took me around

    to finish.

    For me, this book simply had too much telling and not enough showing through the writing. Then there was the fact I already hated the name of our main character - which is said frequently due to third person narrative - due to a girl named Zoe being a bitch to one of my favourite people (aka Caitlin, do I have any other friends?).

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    Feb 18, 2017

    Wooo, what a ride! The middle was a bit dragging at times, but the beginning and end were FULL of action and thrills! This story hooked me in right away, and even during the slow parts I was still so invested in finding out how this would all weave together and conclude.

    I didn't totally love the romance aspect (it happened a bit too fast for me) but I did really like both Zoe and X separately, and they did have some great moments together. And I LOVED that they each had their own motivations and

    Wooo, what a ride! The middle was a bit dragging at times, but the beginning and end were FULL of action and thrills! This story hooked me in right away, and even during the slow parts I was still so invested in finding out how this would all weave together and conclude.

    I didn't totally love the romance aspect (it happened a bit too fast for me) but I did really like both Zoe and X separately, and they did have some great moments together. And I LOVED that they each had their own motivations and storylines completely separate from the romance (Zoe's caving hobby is badass! X's underworld politics are fascinating! IT'S JUST ALL SO COOL.) I also adored the secondary characters, they were all very distinct and well drawn (my faves were Ripper and Val!)

    I'll be sharing more of my thoughts in my next BOOK REVIEWS video and in the Booksplosion liveshow on March 2nd, but overall, I thought this was a great first book in a series and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more!

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Feb 04, 2017

    I'm going to talk more about this in a video review, but I really enjoyed this! It's a unique urban fantasy story full of heart wrenching & heart breaking moments!

  • Piera Forde
    Feb 18, 2017

    DNF'd at 100 pages after the blatant animal abuse. Would not recommend.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Feb 25, 2017

    Most of me is sitting here blinking and going

    " so I think it's safe to assume

    We will be more like dubious acquaintances who had a nice cup of coffee together but won't see each other again in this life time. Like, there were quite a few elements I liked (tragic supernatural bounty hunter boy; cute sister/little-brother relationship; dogs) but there were waaaaaay more elements I didn't like (instalove; confusing ending; logic ain

    Most of me is sitting here blinking and going

    " so I think it's safe to assume

    We will be more like dubious acquaintances who had a nice cup of coffee together but won't see each other again in this life time. Like, there were quite a few elements I liked (tragic supernatural bounty hunter boy; cute sister/little-brother relationship; dogs) but there were waaaaaay more elements I didn't like (instalove; confusing ending; logic ain't anywhere; animal abuse) which ultimately sank the book for me.

    Basically X hunts evil people, catches them, punches them, takes off his shirt where his back transforms into a

    and replays their life evens, and then murders them and takes their soul to hell. Just...just give me a moment to try and understand tHE PART WHERE THE LAD TURNS INTO A COMPUTER SCREEN TO REPLAY ONE'S LIFE EVENTS. Because I cannot????

    Like the underworld/Hell place didn't have much rhyme or reason. They were taking in petty villains and superbad villains. So, erm, where is the line? Also what's the point? Also there appeared to be like a half dozen bounty hunters....so they're taking care of 1 town in America...BUT WHAT GOES ON IN THE REST OF THE WORLD????

    Probably nothing??? Evil only lives in America??? In Australia if you survive the bloodthirsty dropbears then you deserve to live.

    . We had a BAD start when in chapter one she called her ADHD little brother a "spack" and then let him and the dogs play outside in

    because she didn't feel like "dealing" with them in the house. WHAT THE FRICK FRACK IS WRONG WITH THIS GIRL. Plus she has no real emotions when some random psychopath tries to kill their dogs...or when she sees X for the first time with his replaying-your-life-events-on-his-back thing going on. She's just like "oh yeah. I'll instagram that."

    WOMAN. WHAT.

    Zoe is with X for like 2 days where they get to know each other exactly 2% and when he disappears she tells everyone he's

    . They're in loooooove. X has found a REASON TO LIVE. They are ROMANTICALLY KISSING. Supernatural confetti is exploding in the air over their love which will cross realities for it is true and good!! They have long communications with just their eyes!!! He is beautiful despite his scars!!! She is the only girl in the world!!!!

    Hhahha ahhahahhaah. #no.

    Like it made me sick. Honestly my stomach turned and I didn't know if I'd keep reading so. It turns out semi-okay, I suppose???? But seriously. Beat up the humans, but if you dare hurt a smol precious floof dog I will tip the book into the abyss and then stand their screaming.

    Don't test me, Jan.

    I

    like tragic supernatural boys from hell. The Winchesters have strengthened my enthusiasm for them. <3 And I love how X was fiercely loyal and kinda cute in a deranged psychotic sort of way. Also he spoke like a 19th century teapot. That was cute.

    Although the slapstick humour sort of befuddled that? Like should we be freaking out that a guy is being murdered on the ice or laugh because Zoe is taking a photo of a shirtless supernatural hell boy for instagram? I DON'T KNOW. DOES ANYONE KNOW. IT'S CONFUSING.

    There were a few too many unrealistic details (how did no one get frostbite omg) and Zoe basically made me want to strangle myself with uncooked spaghetti. I find it really hard to root for a book if I don't like the characters. SO. #awkward