The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
The Edge of Everything
Author: Jeff Giles
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: I was taken in by this book right from the beginning. Everything about Zoe and this world was captivating and mysterious. I couldn’t place this book down. My heart jumped in so many places with this read. At first, I was trying to transport into the pages and knock some sense into Zoe. Who leaves their little brother out there in 10 below weather? But then she proved to be more than just that moment and becomes a character we all want to root for.
And who can forget X? Definitely not me. Reserved and deeply brooding. He makes this read that much more fascinating. Who is X? Why had he allowed himself to be seen? To be remembered? And why is he a bounty hunter for the Lowlands? There are so many interesting facets to his existence and a journey that starts up in finding out how his past and beginnings came to be.
Then there are those characters, as a reader I can’t help but love and enjoy seeing in these pages. Jonah, Zoe’s little brother, who is extremely lovable and affectionate. Showing that whether he is small, he can be just as brave as any adult. Zoe, shows just how determined she is to prove the first part of the book was just a fluke. That she is the protector of Jonah and will make sure no harm comes to him.
And let’s not forget the connection that is immensely overflowing between Zoe and X. Right from the beginning there are sparks, profound, and mystifying. X has never wavered since being a bounty hunter, following all orders giving by the lords of the Lowlands. Yet, on meeting Zoe, he can’t help but leave all the rules behind, knowing he’s risking an unimaginable amount of wrath.
I was taken in by this read all the way ’til the very end. Everything kept growing and becoming more intense as the end of the line was reached. There was never a dull moment. And X and Zoe never failed to impress.
***I received this copy from Bloomsbury USA Childrens via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***