Review: On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

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Title: On The Edge of Gone

Author: Corinne Duyvis

Category: YA Science Fiction

Publisher/Date: Amulet Books/8 March 2016

Edition: ebook

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22020598-on-the-edge-of-gone

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Edge-Gone-Corinne-Duyvis/dp/1419719033/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/on-the-edge-of-gone-corinne-duyvis/1122622007#/

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 near 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.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. 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?

This book has content warnings for death, ableism, drug abuse, parental neglect, racism, natural disaster, near-drowning, and animal death (humane euthanization).

I had some pretty mixed feelings about this book but overall I really liked it. I loved Denise as a character — she’s autistic, biracial, and incredibly fierce. She more or less has had to take care of herself because her dad is gone and her mom doesn’t take care of her, so when she has to fight for her survival her instincts take over and she does whatever she can to protect herself and her mom, and to find her sister. Denise was a fantastic character, and I really enjoyed seeing through her eyes in this story.

My largest issue with this book was the pacing — I loved the story, but the pacing in the middle was rather uneven and often slow. This isn’t at all a short book, so having to slog through the middle of the book really made it drag for me, and this wasn’t very pleasant. I felt like the middle of the book could have been trimmed more without losing the heart of the story and the book would have been better off with this. I didn’t feel like this hurt the book enough to make me not enjoy it, but it certainly made it a bit harder to read.

I really felt that this book was worth reading — the premise was interesting, the cast was dynamic, and additionally the book did an excellent job of discussing stereotypes of autistic people through the eyes of an autistic character. It was, however, a bit too long and would have been more enjoyable if it were a bit shorter. I recommend it, but you may want to break this one up into several sittings more than usual because the middle can be challenging to get through.

Final rating: 4 of 5 stars

February Monthly Wrap-up!

The second half of February and the first half of March were rough on my mental health and were overloaded with homework, and my blogging suffered because of it. The term has now ended, I’m doing a bit better now, and I’m ready to get back in the swing of things! This wrap-up is coming a little late, but better late than never, right?

Reads for February

Here’s all I read in February:

Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki — 3 of 5 stars

The Catch by Kat Helgeson — 5 of 5 stars — review here!

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake — 5 of 5 stars — review here!

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann — 5 of 5 stars — review here!

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis — 4 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Beastly by Alex Flinn — 2 of 5 stars

The Diviners by Libba Bray — 4 of 5 stars

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid — 5 of 5 stars — review forthcoming!

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds — 5 of 5 stars

 

Reading stats:

  • Number of books read: 9
  • Number of nonfiction books: 0
  • Number of ARCs: 0
  • Number of books by marginalized authors: ~7
  • Number of books read for class: 7
  • Number of library books: 4

I struggled with reading last month, as well. Nine books certainly isn’t none, but I was required to read seven of them and that’s not an insignificant number. I still read quite a bit, but I’m hoping that I can get back into the swing of reading things less for class and more for fun again.

I’m also a little behind on reviews, but I’m working on it! I’ll have several from my backlog up in the next week or two.

On The Personal Side…

As I mentioned, February was rough. I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped, but I’m working on picking myself back up again. One goal I DID succeed with is getting an actual blog post calendar created. It exists and it is very nice, but I have been a little too exhausted to stick with it. Next goal is to work on building up a bit of a queue so I don’t have to pressure myself to write a new post on the day it’s supposed to be up.

In other news, I now have finished my second to last term of my MLIS and have just a few months left to go until graduation. I’ll be finishing up my capstone project during this term, and I will also be taking classes on intellectual freedom in libraries and on public libraries and advocacy. I’ve started job-hunting, too! I have a couple leads right now and I’m hoping that one of them works out because they’re opportunities that I’m incredibly excited about.

I’m also trying to work on meal-planning! I suck at meal-planning and cooking and being consistent, as you can see by my lack of blog posts recently, but now that I’m on a break from school for a couple weeks I’m hoping to use that time to make a good plan. I’m finally learning to use my Instant Pot and though I’m only cooking my second meal with it as I type, I really love it so far. I also tried grilling vegetables for the first time yesterday and they’re SO DELICIOUS!

Was your February better than mine? What have you been up to in the last month? Let’s talk in the comments!

TBR Thursday: Let’s Get Lost Edition!

TBR Thursday is a thing that I’m doing that consists of me 1.) choosing a book that I haven’t read yet that I plan to get to this week, and 2.) me making up excuses about why I haven’t read it, most of which will be terrible. Last week’s book was On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Davis, and good news — I read it! This is probably a good thing, considering I had to read the book for class. I’ll have a review up in a little bit!

This week’s book is Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid!

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Image of book cover from Goodreads

I have all three of Adi Alsaid’s books on Kindle, and I’ve only read North of Happy at this point. I adored that one, so I’m not really sure why I’ve been putting off Let’s Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes. You’re going to see a theme of “I bought this book for Kindle and then forgot about it because I didn’t have a physical book in front of me to remind me to read it” for a while because this is a real struggle for me. Either way, I’m working my way through it, and I’m looking forward to this one!

What are you planning to read this week? Let me know in the comments!

TBR Thursday: On The Edge Of Gone Edition!

TBR Thursday is a thing that I’m doing that consists of me 1.) choosing a book that I haven’t read yet that I plan to get to this week, and 2.) me making up excuses about why I haven’t read it, most of which will be terrible. Last week’s book was How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake — and guess what?

I finally read it.

I have literally been putting this book off since this last summer, and now that I’ve read it I really wish I hadn’t. I adored this book. I’ll have a full review up in a couple weeks! (The good thing about reading a lot of books? Plenty of content for future posts. The bad thing? Crammed posting schedule… Oh well. It’ll be up in a bit!)

This week’s book is On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis!

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Image of book cover from Goodreads

This is an ebook that I bought on sale a while back and just never got around to reading because I forget about all of the ebooks I buy. (I am getting better about this — ALL of my February preorders were ebooks, and I’m hoping that by giving myself more ebooks I’ll build up more of an e-reading habit so I’ll stop forgetting!) Luckily, this is a great week for me to finally get on this one, as I need to read a YA book with a disabled main character for class. This one will be perfect! I’m excited to be getting around to this one finally. Here’s hoping I actually read it.

What are you planning to read this week? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is books I meant to read in 2017… and didn’t. This happened A LOT to me before my reading slump, but it’s also happening pretty frequently to me now because I’m just finding so many books that I want to read, and my piles are stacking up. Here are ten books I meant to read in 2017 and will hopefully read in 2018!

10.) I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

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I borrowed this ebook from my library and have around 24 hours left to finish it or so! By the time you read this, I should have read it. Hopefully.

[Note from Future Benni: This review is already up! After I finished writing this post, I looked at my loans and realized that this book was actually due back in *3* hours and so it got moved to my Emergency TBR. Whoops.]

9.) This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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Ebook bought at the beginning of the year. You’re going to sense a theme here — I buy ebooks or borrow ebooks, and I forget about them. This is largely why I prefer hard copy over ebooks. I don’t mind reading ebooks, but if the book isn’t in sight then I’ll often forget about it!

8.) The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

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Another ebook purchase offense. I haven’t had this book for quite as long, so I don’t have to feel as guilty about it. Even if I should still feel guilty.

7.) Warcross by Marie Lu

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I got a post-publication ARC of this book from attending LibraryCon Live!, and because it’s already out into the world I’ve been focusing more energy on the ARCs I have that have yet to be published. Bad excuse.

6.) When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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I waited for months on the waiting list to check out the ebook from my library, but I eventually bought a hardcover while they were pretty cheap on Amazon. I feel like I’ve been pushing this one off longer than I actually have in reality, but still. Guilt.

5.) On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

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Another beginning of the year ebook purchase! I have plans to read this book for a module of my YA resources class this term, so I will DEFINITELY be getting to this one this year.

4.) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

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Another library ebook that I need to read! If you look at my OverDrive account right now, you’d think that I should feel less guilty about this one than I Believe in a Thing Called Love because it is not due nearly as soon. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong — this is my second time checking it out because I totally didn’t get to it the first time and now I should feel ALL THE GUILT!

3.) Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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I almost bought this book multiple times last year and just… Didn’t… Do it… But then I did! I’ve really been wanting to read this one, so why I’ve been putting it off is a mystery to me.

2.) How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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I won this book during the 24 in 48 Readathon this summer! And I still haven’t read it despite how amazing everyone says it is! I also have plans to read this book for my YA resources class, so I’ll be getting to it soon. I promise.

1.) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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I bought this ebook in 2013, and I believe that is all the context you need here… Out of sight, out of mind, right?

 

What books have you been putting off reading? Have you been putting off any books for five years (or longer!) like I have? Let’s discuss this in the comments!