A lush and intoxicating saga about love, family, and identity, I am obsessed with The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles, a book that is cinematic in scope and rich with detailed world-building.
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.
I can’t get over how much I loved this unexpected and electrifying story. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I first cracked open the pages of The Edge of Everything, but I was immediately drawn into the tension as Zoe searched through a blizzard for her little brother — only to stumble into even more terrifying, deadly danger.
The intensity doesn’t really let up, as the story goes from a violent crime thriller to an electrifying supernatural saga with the appearance of X, and all the majesty and terror he brings with him. What unfolds next is an unexpected story about family and sense of self and identity; about hell and redemption and love — both familial love and romantic.
And okay, okay, so there’s a teensy bit of “insta-love” happening here, but I legit, 1000% don’t care. Because I just love this pairing so much. I love Zoe. I love X. I love Zoe and X together, and I love Zoe and X trying to be together against all the crazy odds working against them. Seeing these two falling fast and hard, and then going literally to hell and back to try and be together makes for a crazy-intense, thrilling and insanely romantic saga.
The Edge of Everything is a wild ride, and is filled with completely unexpected twists and revelations, and I loved this crazy combination of worlds — our world, and the terrifying hellish world of the Lowlands, and all the mysteries within.
The first of what appears to be a series (please, please, please, please), The Edge of Everything is an exhilarating, romantic adventure not to be missed. Look for it in stores January 31st.