January 29, 2035. 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 outside 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 time.
A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. 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?
On the Edge of Gone was an intriguing post-apocalyptic tale. In an over-saturated world of science-fiction, particularly dystopian stories, On the Edge of Gone was a somewhat refreshing take on the end of the world.
Firstly, I have to applaud Duyvis for writing such a beautifully diverse story. Our main character, Denise, is autistic and of mixed race (Dutch and Surinamese). Denise’s sister, Iris, is bisexual and transgender. And along the side, we have characters who are gay, Muslim, Jewish, and more.
I think it’s incredibly uplifting to see more stories featuring diversity like On the Edge of Gone. I cannot say enough how important it is for others to be able to see themselves properly represented in all forms of entertainment—books, television, film, etc. It helps those who feel unheard finally have a voice and a presence. It shows them that they aren’t alone.
I look at the sky and the dust that separates us from the stars that will be my home. I breathe in the night air, the rotten night air, and I miss,
As much as I loved the plot and the diversity of On the Edge of Gone, I simply could not get into this novel. It felt as though most of the events of this book were unnecessary and didn’t further the plot or characters. This novel could have easily been reduced to 350 pages and have had enough room to hold the important plot points and characters arcs.
By the end of the novel, I was happy with what I read, and yet I felt as though nothing really happened within those 460 pages. Many of the events felt repetitive or again, unnecessary. I suppose those smaller scenes aided in building up the world and the characters, however it really made the novel much longer than it needed to be.
Overall, this was a fascinating dystopian story. I really liked the characters and the idea of the plot, though I wish it was executed with a bit more precision. But of course, this is easier said than done. I, of all people, understand how it can be difficult to trim down a novel, only keeping the scenes that further the plot and/or the characters in some way. It is no easy feat.
If you’re in need of a diverse, dystopian tale, I do recommend picking up On the Edge of Gone and giving it a read for yourself. I may have found it slow, but as we all know, books are purely subjective. So therefore, this is a novel I would very much recommend.
How has everyone’s April been so far? I’ve had a very exciting, lively month, but now when it comes to reading. I’m hoping to devour many books in the coming weeks being that I’m now FIVE books behind schedule. *sigh*
Have you read On the Edge of Gone? If so, what are your thoughts? What are some of your favorite dystopian and/or diverse books? I would love to hear if you have any recommendations. And as always, feel free to add any other thoughts or comments down below.