On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A comet is about to hit earth and Denise just wants her mother to hurry up. Unfortunately, her mother only has one speed in her drug addled brain, slow. They need to make it to a shelter before impact, and every minute her mother wastes is another tick toward their destruction. When a fortuitous encounter on their way to the shelter gives them an opportunity to take shelter on a generation ship, the chance for more than mere survival is now in their path. Their possibility to stay rides on their usefulness. Denise believes her autism will keep her from being accepted, yet her mother’s drug addiction is just one more hurdle to get across. Can Denise secure a spot on the ship before it takes off? Can she find her sister and discover a way for them all to have a place?
On the Edge of Gone is a post-apocalyptic science fiction story that will pull readers in from the start. Although it is hard to relate to the larger picture being portrayed, the day to day struggle of trying to find a place in this world is one that everyone has had to deal with. I will have to say that Denise took many unnecessary risks and not all of them because of her autism. It is hard to say what we would do if we were trying to survive the end of the world, but we all hope that we would hold fast to our beliefs in the goodness of man, especially those nearest to us. Duyvis has created a good standalone novel that will easily peak conversations if also ready by reader friends. Of course, the ending will leave readers wondering if another book in this world will be in the works.
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