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`Read Epub õ On the Edge of Gone ß January , 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 TimeThen 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 This book was sent to me for review by Abrams, the publisher, but that in no way affects my opinions I was happy to accept this when asked to review it as I have recently been reading and enjoying a lot of YA sci fi and this was no exception to that rule This book is set at the start of the end of the world in a highly advanced society, but one which is doomed We follow the character of Denise and her family her mother and the search for her sister over the course of the book Whilst the family is split up an incoming comet is announced and Earth is not as prepared as they could have been Denise and her mother are waiting for her sister Iris to come back instead of heading to their temporary shelter, but they know that they are running a big, big risk and that they, along with millions of others, will die if they do not get to safetyThe story of this book did not take me long to read, I read this in two sessions on two separate days and it was intense and filled with drama both times What I liked about this was the diversity we have shown in the characters and the set up Instead of this being an escape from the planet, quick scenario as you may expect, this turns into a search and rescue for people all around where Denise and her mother end up I fully enjoyed seeing some of the realisations our main character has, and also seeing the way that she sees and thinks about this disaster Earth faces.The characters are diverse, as I mentioned We have LGBTQ characters, autistic characters, drug addicted characters and people from all sorts of backgrounds This is also set in the Netherlands rather than the UK or US, which made for a nice change from the typical Western book setting I thought all of these themes were well integrated into the book as part of the story, and I felt as though it actually had some great messages about understanding and effort needed to connect with others It s got some great messages, and it s a well written read right from page 1 Overall this book gripped me The story pulled me and and made me excited to keep reading, and the characters and format kept me listening I felt for the survivors of such a huge disaster, and I was rooting for them to just be okay and get through the end of the world quite a big ask This book was wonderful, and I definitely want to pick upby Duyvis as I have no doubt that she s a fabulous writer I would certainly recommend this, particularly if you do want to see a book with good representation of some of these diverse characters 4 s overall. The first time my future vanished was July 19, 2034On the Edge of Gone does a lot of really great things and, for the first 25%, I thought it was going to be a new favourite Perhaps I expected all the wrong things from it, and maybe this review will prevent others from doing the same.Let s start with all the positive stuff Duyvis opens with a writing style that draws you in Her narrator an autistic, mixed race, Dutch girl has an immediately sympathetic and likable narrative voice Set before, during and after the apocalypse a comet colliding with Earth , the stakes are huge from the very beginning as Denise attempts to find a safe place for herself, her mother and sister on a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth.The book is exceptionally diverse I long for the day when people will look back at reviews like this one and think how strange it is that I had to point out diversity, but it is sadly still uncommon In On the Edge of Gone, we have our mixed race, autistic narrator, a bisexual trans black girl, as well as other gay, Muslim and Jewish characters.Duyvis draws from her own experiences for this tale, choosing to set it in her home country The Netherlands and portraying autism with the honesty and sensitivity of someone autistic herself.I also really like the complex relationships Particularly Denise s struggle to understand and sympathize with her drug addict mother, whom she finds frustrating All characters in this book are allowed to be selfish and make decisions we may not necessarily like, which feels like a realistic part of the end of the world.So what went wrong Well at 200 pages in I made a quick note saying we re 200 pages in and nothing has really happened When I passed the 300 page marker, I changed it to 300 pages in and the story hasn t gotten off the ground When I got to 400 pages and still felt the same way, I realised this book actually wasn t going anywhere.I feel like I need to stress this, because On the Edge of Gone belongs in the hands of readers who know what they re getting It is not a fast paced dystopian novel, or a space adventure In fact, if you re looking for space, look elsewhere right now.What it is, however, is a very technical survival story It has diverse characters and interesting relationships, but plot wise it doesn t offer much The book follows Denise as she tries to convince the captain of the generation ship that she is needed She goes from collecting supplies to engineering, trying to find a place for herself.And, if I m being honest, nearly 500 pages of nothing happening was too much for me No matter how much I loved the diversity and the relationships No matter how much I wanted to rate it 5 stars.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Some quick details people have been curious about Yes, the whole thing is set in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Nothing like destroying your hometown in a book.Yes, there s a generation ship, but no, the book is not set in space The generation ship is still firmly planted on Earth, getting ready to leave.No, it s not a dystopian The government is noor less dodgy than it is right now, and the book is set only eighteen years into the future.Whether it s post apocalyptic depends on your definition I call it straight up apocalyptic, given that the comet hits in the first few chapters and the book covers the immediate aftermath.Yes, it s sci fi, purely by virtue of there being a spaceship and the book being set in the future There s some advanced tech to account for the fact that twenty years have passed, but this tech doesn t play a huge role, and several readers said the book felt very contemporary to them.Yes, it s a standalone There is a companion short story in Defying Doomsday The short story stands alone as well They can be read in either order Yes, the protagonist is autistic As am I She s also biracial, identifying as 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.Anything else you want to know Hit me up A comet is going to hit Earth and Denise, her mom and her sister have to survive Denise is autistic and I feel sorry for her to have to go through the world possibly ending But let me tell you, Denise is smart as a whip and figures so many things out and she is freaking awesome She saves people, she figures things out to savepeople She is smart as a whip Denise s mom is a drug addict which sucks, especially right now They are supposed to get to a temporary shelter that s supposed to withstand the comet hitting Denise doesn t know where her sister Iris is and she s freaking out because her and her mom are late to the shelter They do come into contact with some people one of whom Denise knows and they end up on board the Nassau, it s a generation ship The Nassau was supposed to have already left but they are working on some mechanics They tell Denise and her mom that they can t stay because you have to be on a lottery or be very useful to stay on the ship Only so many can be on board They tell Denise and her mom they can stay until after the comet hits and then they have to get out I would have done keeled over so it wouldn t matter one way or the other The comet hits As you can imagine, stuff is totaled but they are safe inside the ship After a couple of days they are allowed to go back out and start working on the ship again Denise and her mom are sent on their way They end up staying at the airport Denise made some friends from the ship and she ends up helping them salvage for stuff to see if she can get back on the ship Well, when she saves most of them from the tsunami, she is back on board Denise starts going back out looking for her sister, first in a raft and then she trades with some people for a water scooter Denise is just so smart I know I already said that but still She gets a lot of things done for the people and the ship I won t say, I will let you enjoy reading about that I just really loved Denise and she found a way for her family to get on board but one of them decided to stay on Earth and try to get things going there again Denise talks the commander of the ship into doing something pretty cool so that they don t have to leave Earth totally alone I really enjoyed this book as it was so different There isn t a lot of stuff going on and sometimes you want to smack people Okay, you want to smack people quite a lot but overall it s good I give all the starts to Denise When we ve broken through the dust, when gravity releases its hold on the ship and then latches back on, we unstrap ourselves and stumble onto the walkways, into the park, into the crop fields ringing the ship We look up We cheer at the sun We send videos and invitations into the far black, to the ships that went before us It s February 13, 2035We welcome our future, whatever it may be.MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List