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The Edge Of Everything

byJeff Giles

Hardcover | January 31, 2017

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"Every human alive should read this book."
--James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

When their worlds collide, X and Zoe are pushed to the edge of everything in this tour de force from Entertainment Weekly veteran Jeff Giles.

For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who's still reeling from her father's shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbors' mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked 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. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands' rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding 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 them both.

Gripping and full of heart, this epic start to a new series will bring readers right to the edge of everything.

"Utterly original. Beautifully written. At turns poignant and funny, the story of Zoe and her fight to save her family and the strange young man known only as 'X' will stay with you long after you finish this extraordinary book."
--Peter Jackson, Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies

"Utterly fantastic. Dark, funny, exciting, a unique clashing of worlds. Every human alive should read this book."
--James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

"A fresh and addictive read that grabbed me from the first page and still hasn't let me go. Jeff Giles led me into the darkness--ultimately reminding me why we should never stop searching for the light."
--Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of The Lovely Reckless

"Sharp, dark, thoughtful and romantic, readers will thrill to the start of this exciting new series."
--Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

"A dark and suspenseful supernatural thriller that kept me up all night."
--Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Isle of the Lost

Jeff Giles grew up in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Most recently, he was the deputy managing editor of Entertainment Weekly, where he oversaw all coverage of movies and books, including the magazine's championing of YA fiction. Jeff has written for Rolling Stone and The New York Times Books Review. He also coauthored The Terrorist's Son, a...
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Title:The Edge Of EverythingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.31 × 6.34 × 1.42 inPublished:January 31, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from UGH DNF so hard Ugh...I wanted to like this book and the cover is gorgeous! The first few pages made me roll by eyes so many times that it isn't funny. The dialogue didn't sound right for any of the characters and nothing about the first 80 pages grabbed me or made me want to keep reading this (there's too many books in my TBR pile to force myself to read a book I don't like). The main female character was particularly unrealistic and none of her logic or actions made sense! I brought this book with me to read while out of town at a conference...and PURPOSELY left it at the hotel...I'm a librarian.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I couldn't finish this book I read the first eight chapters and I had to stop. I couldn't force myself to care about Zoe and her creepy romance with a guy she just met. The Lowlands as a concept were kind of cool, but it was very poorly explained; I just couldn't wrap my head around it.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Wish I Had Enjoyed It More There were definitely moments while reading this book where I found myself invested in the characters' lives and I found myself really enjoying the story... but there were more moments when I wasn't. I think this is the beginning of a series, but I'm not sure I'll be watching for the sequel.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from “Not the Twix!” said Banger. “It’s a candy bar AND a cookie” THOUGHTS: I feel like I’m definitely the black sheep in the flock because I just couldn’t enjoy this book. There were good moments, but overall I had so many issues with it. If you don’t know this book is about a girl and her little brother who are attacked during a snow storm and saved by a mysterious, well muscled, man from the Lowlands. Which is basically Hell. He is sent to the Overlands (Our world) to collect sinning souls and take them back to his world. However, our main character Zoe and mystery man feel an instant connection and he asks her whether he should take the soul or not. She chooses mercy for the sinner but in choosing to let him go damns mystery man to suffer the Trembling. A kind of sickness for not obeying his masters. But he’s already broken a bunch of rules by allowing himself to be seen by an innocent so what one more, right? Firstly I would like to cover what I did enjoy about The Edge of Everything. Mechanically, I found the writing was really solid. Honestly, I feel that if this author were to write a different story, I would be interested in reading it. I really enjoyed the characters because they had realistic flaws and were pleasantly quirky. Zoe was great, her blurting was funny and often had me in giggles. The banter between all the characters was really good in fact. I also adored Ripper and Banger, yes their self-inflicted damages made me cringe, but their personalities were fantastic. One of my favorite scenes is the junk food scene with Banger and Zoe. Sadly, that wraps up what I enjoyed. (Some spoilers ahead) The story started off faced paced and felt creepy, almost thriller-like but after the initial attack, the mood changed. The rest of the story was pretty slow-paced, and mostly dialogue between characters. I didn’t feel engaged anymore. It wasn’t predictable, I’ll give it that. It was so weird and unrealistic that I didn’t have any idea what would happen next but not in a good way. I like the kind of unpredictable that well crafted and this was more like the recollections of an acid trip. Think Alice in Wonderland, in fact, if you like that sort of nonsensical whimsy you might love this book. I am a true believer that there aren’t books that are actually bad, just books paired with the wrong people. Like I said before I liked Zoe but boy did I hate her to start. She sent her eight-year-old brother, who she refers to as a Spaz, outside to play because hess annoying her. Even though its -10 and she knows there’s a snow storm coming. And, she waits till the storm is full on before going to get him? I was ready to quit right there, expecting her to be thi sbratty for the rest of the book. She was actually a pretty kick ass character throughout, and very protective of her brother, so the beginning felt really out of character. One of the things that bothered me most were the love interests. Putting aside all the bright shiny feelings Zoe has for X, I felt like their relationship was really unhealthy. Insta love that causes the participants to instantly be willing to throw away their lives and safety of others is not romantic in my opinion. Also, X is aware that his presence is a danger to Zoe but he stays anyway and later he endangers her again without warning her of the consequences. This was just plain selfish. Now, let’s compare this to Dallas, the one-sided love interest, who is constantly and annoying painted as a Neanderthal. He was constantly respectful of Zoe’s need for space, always willing to listen, helpful, kind and even thoughtful. I’m not saying Zoe should have picked Dallas (I would have) because you can’t help loving who you love. What I am saying is, she had an example of healthy love in her life so she should have known the difference. Zoe and X’s relationship felt a lot like the typical bad boy who needs saving trope. Which is so over done, and unrealistic. Bad boys have a lot of baggage and aren’t emotionally available to have a healthy relationship. It’s not a trope that should be romanticized. Again, just my opinion. This story was unrealistic in so many ways. I wanted to scream on multiple occasions. Just so you know this is the most instant of insta love you have ever read. These two can even mind read one another from the moment they meet. I can believe an instant attraction but I hate insta love. Also who has instant love with a man who appears out of nowhere, with magic powers and a taste for soul stealing? Where is her sense of caution?! I mean I get the bad boy attraction theory but this is pushing the limits. This isn’t a leather jacket and a smoking habit. This guy is from Hell. Zoe should have been getting some major red flags once she recovered from the sight of his perfect abs. Yeah okay, later we discover that he isnt a psycho but she doesn’t know that then! And while we’re on the topic of X’s demeanor – throughout the story Zoe and X are trying to find a way for X to stay in the Overlands so they can be together? This guy has lived in Hell for 20ish years, I’m sorry but I can’t see him getting a job at Starbucks and enrolling in evening classes. What I mean is this guy is going to need some serious therapy after what he’s been through and to assimilate into a new world. I really don’t think he would be in any place to have a relationship. And does anyone else think its weird that he loves the first and only girl he’s ever interacted with? I mean so would I in his position but does that make it real love? Maybe I’m being too critical but even though this story is weird and quirky I need it to be realistic. I need my characters to think realistically. And don’t get me started on the mother! What mom would have let a strange man, found hiding in the garage, suffering from some strange sickness into the house. And leave him alone with her kids. No, any mom I know would have called the cops, or at least a cab and kicked him out. I just couldn’t buy it. Look I know its fantasy, in other fantasy books there are teen assassins saving the world, but its set in a different world than ours. If you’re going to have a fantasy in our world I’m going to hold it to the standard of our cultural reality. And my biggest gripe with this book. What. Was. The. Point. Seriously? I really felt like it had no direction what so ever. The world wasn’t changed or saved. I don’t feel like the characters grew or learned anything. Zoe changes her mind at the last minute and lets her father go? Wow, didn’t see that coming a mile away. Rendering everything that led up to it completely pointless. I was really hoping her father would go willingly to see her happy with X, that would have been a decent resolution – but no. And oh, there’s a big battle at the end? Nope, the lords don’t even look for a body, they just assume he’s dead and give up and leave. Talk about anti-climactic. And wouldn’t they know that they didn’t kill him? I mean they know what X is doing from another realm but they can’t sense whether a life ended? Nothing was resolved, nothing changed. I’m torn between hoping there’s a sequel so things make sense and hoping that this is the end of the ridiculousness. If there is a sequel that wraps things up, I feel like a lot of this book could have been cut out to make way for that content.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very unique! I felt a little bit slow at first but it quickly became a page turner! It was such a unique story that feels like it could be a contemporary novel but it has really cool and intriguing fantasy elements. It's definitely a must-read!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a good one! I read this book as its cover haunted me everywhere I went! It turned out to be a great young adult read, and a book I have recommend with great success to grade 8 students. Reading it only to be current with my students, I quickly got hooked! The characters are enticing, and the plot is very interesting and unusual but it seems to work!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good versus evil and star-crossed romance: the perfect recipe for a good YA fantasy. I haven’t read too many YA novels lately. But when I started seeing reviews for this Jeff Giles offering, I was instantly curious. It had allusions to fallen angels, grim reapers, and demons. But when most mentioned about a forbidden romance between a human and a godly creature, I was sunk. Zoe’s year hasn’t been the best, to be honest. After the sudden disappearance of her father, she’s left trying to keep her family somewhat in a normal state. With her brother’s bouts of anxiety brought on by the knowledge that their father’s body could still be in the cave where he last went, things at home are a little precarious. When she lost him in a snowstorm, frostbite wouldn’t be the only thing that could put both their lives in danger. They found themselves at the mercy of a deranged criminal. Just when she’s about to lose hope, a vision in fire and light came to their rescue. Their rescuer came in the form of X; a boy who looked to be in bad shape himself. His assignment was to retrieve the soul of one Stan Manggold, a hardened criminal who rightfully belonged in the Lowlands. Lowlands, for lack of a better word, is what you would call as hell. X is one of the bounty hunters who has lived in the Lowlands for eternity, it seems. There is no way out for the likes of him. But a deal with one of the generals could give X a chance to escape and live the rest of his life on Earth. It will not be easy, though, as his freedom come at a cost. This book is gripping. I didn’t think I would enjoy yet another YA supernatural fantasy, but here I am. Honestly, if I hadn’t been distracted by so many books on my shelves, I could just as easily finished reading this in one sitting. As I mentioned, I’m a huge fan of star-crossed romances. It just so happens that X and Zoe were in one. The only downside to this is the speed with which they fell for each other. I feel like there wasn’t much chance of getting to know X. But I get it. Since X didn’t know much about himself either, I can forgive the underdevelopment of his character. Zoe, on the other hand, is a girl whose life upended when her dad died. Granted that their dad wasn’t a “conventional parent” by any standards, they still had a camaraderie like that of any father and daughter relationship. He was presumed dead, but they never retrieve his body in the cave. Their mom is present in their lives, sure but she’s also distracted by trying to raise her kids. Mostly, she tried her best to keep what’s left of her family together. I enjoyed this book. It had funny moments, surreal moments, and instances where I choked up a little. I especially enjoyed Zoe relationships with her close friends and her brother. She took care of him the only way she knew how. I could’ve sworn Jeff Giles is an experienced author. I didn’t realize this was only his second book. The Edge of Everything is exactly the YA paranormal fantasy that teens and adults alike would enjoy. The contemporary elements balance out the supernatural that makes reading it such a breeze.
Date published: 2017-02-23

Editorial Reviews

"If your jam is bat-out-of-hell pacing, cinematic scenes of otherworldly destruction, snarky comebacks and insta-romance, 'The Edge of Everything' is a lot of fun. (I do not sneer at fun. Right now, we need fun.) . . . Giles' vivid portrayals of Montana, the scary thrills of caving, and the rundown hot-spring resort where Zoe's mom works are a delight. So are X's friends: a 19th-century lady who killed a servant for spilling the soup, and a dead bartender." - New York Times"Zoe and X are amazing as leads, but every unique character in this novel imparts his or her own brand of golden deliciousness to the tale. The premise and settings play well with visceral emotions, brought to the surface of the imagination by the story's heart-searing romance, life-affirming sacrifices and the way true, quiet strength outshines loud and damaging cowardice in this amazingly crafted novel." - USA Today"With imagination and verve, Giles delivers the goods required by the genre, creating a swoonworthy love interest with a sense of justice and old-fashioned charm." - Time"Checks all the boxes for crossover appeal: a sassy, independent heroine, a mysterious bounty hunter with supernatural powers, and a gushing blurb from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Smartly written fantasy with depth." - New York Magazine"Fantasy, romance, horror and sci-fi blend deliciously in Jeff Giles's gripping young adult series debut . . . A gorgeous, unearthly ride." - starred review, Shelf Awareness"Giles beautifully captures the breathless, visceral, and instant attraction between Zoe and X . . . A rich and satisfying read on multiple levels." - Booklist"First-time novelist Giles combines an intense thriller plot with one of the oddest afterlifes in recent fantasy . . . Zoe's mutually devoted relationships with her brother, mother, sardonic lesbian friend, Val, are standouts, as is the endearingly oddball dialogue . . . An intriguing story that leaves the door open for future books." - Publishers Weekly"Fantastical in nature, this story will keep readers interested until the very end." - School Library Connection"Reads like a blend of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and modern-day horror, such as Stranger Things. Zoe is an empowered, complicated female protagonist with a huge heart, and X is a heartthrob with a twisted past and a thoughtful persona . . . Highly recommended." - School Library Journal"The Lowlands remains an enjoyably creepy shadowy element . . . Readers are advised to dive in now and revel in the star-crossed-lovers glory of it all." - BCCB"Giles's gripping tale pulls readers through a fast-paced thriller in which Zoe's world converges with X's . . . With strong characters and suspenseful scenes strung one after another, readers enter an amazing work of speculative fiction that pits good against evil, man against man, and man against nature . . . A wholly-engrossing page-turner." - VOYA"I was drawn into this story from the first page. Jeff Giles has written a gripping, utterly original work of fiction that manages to capture all of the joy and the pain, the light and the darkness of growing up. Beautifully written, this is a powerful work of fierce imagination that takes no prisoners! Be prepared, the world of the Lowlands is treacherous--you will meet many dangerous characters! At turns poignant and funny, the story of Zoe and her fight to save her family and the strange young man known only as 'X' will stay with you long after you finish this extraordinary book." - Peter Jackson, Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies"The Edge of Everything is an utterly fantastic book. Dark, funny, exciting, a unique clashing of worlds--one of those stories you'll read late into the night. More than anything, I fell in love with the characters, so much so that it truly hurt to see what they had to go through. Every human alive should read this book." - James Dashner, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER"A fresh and addictive read that grabbed me from the first page and still hasn't let me go. Jeff Giles led me into the darkness--ultimately reminding me why we should never stop searching for the light." - Kami Garcia, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and author of THE LOVELY RECKLESS"Sharp, dark, thoughtful and romantic, readers will thrill to the start of this exciting new series." - Cassandra Clare, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series"A dark and suspenseful supernatural thriller that kept me up all night." - Melissa de la Cruz, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE ISLE OF THE LOST