The Edge of Everything
by Jeff Giles
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.
4.5 of 5 Stars
I’m a bit fan of fantasy and always have my eye out for something that’s slightly different than what I’m used to. The premise of this story is incredibly unique compared to other books I’ve read in the same genre which made it refreshing. Both the character and world building were amazing.
In terms of characters, I was thrilled. Zoe is truly a strong female character who is determined to get what she wants and feels is right. Her close family is amazing as well. I fell in love with the parenting style of her mom even if it didn’t always work out for the best. Even though I love Zoe, I adore her brother. He’s been through so much at such a young age that my heart couldn’t help but break for him. Zoe’s friends are equally fleshed out characters that felt real and solid rather than blurry cutouts in the background of a story. X introduces a whole host of other characters along with himself. In a
X introduces a whole host of other characters along with himself. In a way, X is the character we get to know the least but only because of the fact that he’s not had the chance to form himself. The characteristics you think of describing a person with he lacks because he hasn’t been given the opportunity to build hobbies, interests, or passions. Banger, Ripper, Regent, and Dervish are the main characters we get to meet from the lowlands and I appreciated each of them in different ways. I’m very excited to meet more personalities in future books.
World building was also impressive because we weren’t just getting to know one place but two. First, Zoe’s small town area in the middle of winter felt very real. It’s almost as if I can picture this tiny rural place along with it’s people. The lowlands were equally portrayed and real when imagined from the description.
Overall, as you can tell, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the continuing series. I recommend it if you are a fantasy fan and wanting something a little different than usual. Fans of paranormal romance will be thrilled with this book, but even if you aren’t it’s worth a shot.
Big thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for providing me with a free galley in exchange for my honest review.