The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Published by Bloomsbury USA on January 31, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 368 Format: ARC Source: Library
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 the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.
This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not affect my opinions in any way.
I nearly wrote off The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles when I first saw it despite a pretty cool cover but the pitch is what really grabbed my attention. It sounds like a pretty straightforward contemporary to start with; Zoe dealing with the loss of her father and neighbors, but all of a sudden there’s bounty hunters, a hell like place, and obstacles at every turn. It really sucked me in.
Let’s start with the Lowlands since that was the most stand out aspect of the book to me. A hellish world with prisoners serving as bounty hunters to reap souls from the most despicable of humanity. How weird and cool is that? Plus there’s guards and overseers and an unknown entity behind the scenes. Everything was fleshed out and the underworld had it’s own strange set of rules too.
My other favorite part was the wealth of characters and their own personal struggles. Zoe and her family are dealing with loss and then the introduction of this mysterious guy. X, on the other hand, has to come to terms with his sudden interest in the Overworld as well as developing feelings for Zoe. I also really loved Jonah, Zoe’s brother, and Ripper, X’s bounty hunter mentor. There were just so many complex storylines at work and none of them overpowered the other.
Overall I really enjoyed Jeff Giles’ The Edge of Everything. It had a really interesting premise that was fully realized within the pages and kept me on my toes at every turn. The entirety of worldbuilding when it came to the Lowlands blew me away and there were a plethora of interesting characters. I will definitely be recommending this debut and hope everyone gives it a shot.
So are you interested in The Edge of Everthing? In need of a good genre mix? Curious to discover what the Lowlands is all about? Let me know in the comments below!