This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, young adult
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: ARC, E-book
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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.
An amazing young adult debut that had me on the edge of my seat! I wanted to read this story because the main character is a bounty hunter from a hell called the lowlands. That alone sounded so intriguing and I was thrilled when I got my hands on this book! From the start, I was into X’s character. He just came on the scene appearing so strong and confident but tortured and I wanted to know more!
The scenes in this book were easy to visualize. The development of the lowlands was spectacular. The concept of how souls were taken to the lowlands and that bounty hunters were employed to collect them was fascinating! I enjoyed learning about the hierarchies that exist in the lowlands and how X came to be there. Even better was when the bomb was dropped regarding X’s beginnings. You are teased with the truth it has me begging for more!
Zoe’s character is seventeen and quirky but having just lost her father she is also reeling from the loss. She is not anything super special but I think her relationships are what add interest, especially the one between her and her brother Jonah. She is a loving sister but is, at times, so wrapped up in herself that she fails to see that he is struggling. I loved that little guy’s character. The dynamics in this family added real warmth and comedy to this story.
There is a bit of romance going on in this story of the insta-variety but it did not feel false to me. X, for whatever his reasons, is instantly taken with Zoe. I wish there had been a bit more build up to his fascination with her. That he had previously seen her and watched her from afar, you know….burned for her. That would have given a background for the love and longing to develop. At the start of the story he did show off a bit for her, when that little revelation came out it just cracked me up! He wanted Zoe to see him, appreciate him, and I felt that given his background that would actually be realistic. This guy had grown up in hell and heck yeah for him if he just wanted someone to see him and want him.
For me every character in this story was a winner, even the antagonists. They were fleshed out very well. Their personalities and struggles were apparent and not everything was as it seemed on the surface. As the story progressed the layers to these characters became apparent and it just made for a richer story. X’s pals Ripper and Banger were comical but at the same time haunted and filled with regret. I really connected with the characters in this story.
The scenes in this book are memorable, bittersweet and at times a comedic nail biter! There are twists in this story and the one at the end gave me the “Oh, say it isn’t so feeling,” absolute heart-cringer! I did not want to put this book down! It has to be a series because the ending was a cliffhanger and I need to know more! A masterfully told tale of love, loss and hope, an absolute must read!
*Thank you to NetGalley & Bloomsbury USA Childrens for this eARC of The Edge of Everything*