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Ug addicted mother is going they’ll never reach the shelter in timeThen 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 pas Most apocalypse writers know that the readers who enjoy the end of the world are looking for stories about survival either individual or communal On the Edge of Gone sidesteps this and focuses on Denise and her mom trying to get accepted on a 'generation' ship which will offer the opportunity to escape the meteor wrought destruction on Earth It's an intriguing premise but in this case the apocalypse is a backdrop than an integrated settingOne of the issues for me could be that the story is told from Denise's point of view Denise is sixteen and she is focused on three things coping with the disaster which means a place on the ship once they discover it; dealing with her mother a drug addict; and finding her missing sister Iris She's also autistic and I can't decide if Duyvis is brilliant or limited because it allows Denise to be hyper concerned with her topics of choice and incurious about others It also allows for info dumping during the few moments Denise needs to share information about the comet or generation ships or view spoilertsunamis hide spoiler

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Senger 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 mos The blurb gives you the essence of the story this is a survival story that essentially begins as the comet hits and continues for the next two weeks The big uestion is whether Denise and her family will make it on the last generation ship left in Amsterdam and possibly the world That remains the uestion for the book–so if you’re looking for interstellar travel or space pirates or anything of the sort a uick expectations adjustment will give you a much enjoyable read This isn’t an action packed tale this is something between a gritty story of survival and an absolutely amazing character studyDenise is strong focused and capable and just the sort of person I want to be with if NASA tells us tomorrow that there’s a comet headed straight for the earth She’s also female obv biracial and autistic Her identity plays into her life in complex and real ways She has developed coping mechanisms to manage the things that are difficult and they work brilliantly until they don’t Frankly Denise copes so much better than her mother who cannot find her way to giving up her drug addictionIn fact this book has all my heart for an incredible seamless read that is brilliantly diverse Denise’s sister is a trans woman the couple she meets who are trying to help the emergency shelters are Muslims of Moroccan heritage Our potential love interest happens to be Jewish There are people of different faiths gender orientations races and ethnicities and it is completely natural because it is completely real It isn’t trying too hard it’s just precisely what the world looks like And just as in the real world each person’s identity naturally effects their lives over the course of the storyI suppose what was frustrating for me in this read was waiting for “something to happen” rather than letting myself stay in the moment with all the small twists and turns This is very much a story of ground gained and then lost again Progress is not about the progress of action per se as the progress and development of our charactersOverall a deep and insightful read Highly recommended The Snakehead to contribute Denise is autistic and fears Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light that she’ll never be allowed The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, to stay Can she obtain a spot before Truly Wilde the ship VEGAN ganz anders takes flight? 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Corinne Duyvis È 4 review

January 29 2035That’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 dr Some uick details people have been curious aboutYes the whole thing is set in Amsterdam the Netherlands Nothing like destroying your hometown in a bookYes there's a generation ship but no the book is not set in space The generation ship is still firmly planted on Earth getting ready to leaveNo it's not a dystopian The government is no or less dodgy than it is right now and the book is set only eighteen years into the futureWhether it's post apocalyptic depends on your definition I call it straight up apocalyptic given that the comet hits in the first few chapters and the book covers the immediate aftermathYes it's sci fi purely by virtue of there being a spaceship and the book being set in the future There's some advanced tech to account for the fact that twenty years have passed but this tech doesn't play a huge role and several readers said the book felt very contemporary to themYes it's a standalone There is a companion short story in Defying Doomsday The short story stands alone as well They can be read in either order Yes the protagonist is autistic As am I She's also biracial identifying as part Dutch part Surinamese Black girl The story also features a prominent bisexual trans Black girl as well as lesbian Muslim and Jewish characters among othersAnything else you want to know? Hit me up


10 thoughts on “On the Edge of Gone

  1. says:

    “The first time my future vanished was July 19 2034 On the Edge of Gone does a lot of really great things and for the first 25% I thought it was going to be a new favourite Perhaps I expected all the wrong things from it and maybe this review will prevent others from doing the sameLet's start with all the positive stuff Duyvis opens with a writing style that draws you in Her narrator an autistic mixed race Dutch girl has an immediately sympathetic and likable narrative voice Set before during and after the apocalypse a comet colliding with Earth the stakes are huge from the very beginning as Denise attempts to find a safe place for herself her mother and sister on a generation ship scheduled to leave EarthThe book is exceptionally diverse I long for the day when people will look back at reviews like this one and think how strange it is that I had to point out diversity but it is sadly still uncommon In On the Edge of Gone we have our mixed race autistic narrator a bisexual trans black girl as well as other gay Muslim and Jewish charactersDuyvis draws from her own experiences for this tale choosing to set it in her home country The Netherlands and portraying autism with the honesty and sensitivity of someone autistic herselfI also really like the complex relationships Particularly Denise's struggle to understand and sympathize with her drug addict mother whom she finds frustrating All characters in this book are allowed to be selfish and make decisions we may not necessarily like which feels like a realistic part of the end of the worldSo what went wrong?Well at 200 pages in I made a uick note saying we're 200 pages in and nothing has really happened When I passed the 300 page marker I changed it to 300 pages in and the story hasn't gotten off the ground When I got to 400 pages and still felt the same way I realised this book actually wasn't going anywhereI feel like I need to stress this because On the Edge of Gone belongs in the hands of readers who know what they're getting It is not a fast paced dystopian novel or a space adventure In fact if you're looking for space look elsewhere right nowWhat it is however is a very technical survival story It has diverse characters and interesting relationships but plot wise it doesn't offer much The book follows Denise as she tries to convince the captain of the generation ship that she is needed She goes from collecting supplies to engineering trying to find a place for herselfAnd if I'm being honest nearly 500 pages of nothing happening was too much for me No matter how much I loved the diversity and the relationships No matter how much I wanted to rate it 5 starsBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store


  2. says:

    Some uick details people have been curious aboutYes the whole thing is set in Amsterdam the Netherlands Nothing like destroying your hometown in a bookYes there's a generation ship but no the book is not set in space The generation ship is still firmly planted on Earth getting ready to leaveNo it's not a dystopian The government is no or less dodgy than it is right now and the book is set only eighteen years into the futureWhether it's post apocalyptic depends on your definition I call it straight up apocalyptic given that the comet hits in the first few chapters and the book covers the immediate aftermathYes it's sci fi purely by virtue of there being a spaceship and the book being set in the future There's some advanced tech to account for the fact that twenty years have passed but this tech doesn't play a huge role and several readers said the book felt very contemporary to themYes it's a standalone There is a companion short story in Defying Doomsday The short story stands alone as well They can be read in either order Yes the protagonist is autistic As am I She's also biracial identifying as part Dutch part Surinamese Black girl The story also features a prominent bisexual trans Black girl as well as lesbian Muslim and Jewish characters among othersAnything else you want to know? Hit me up


  3. says:

    A comet is going to hit Earth and Denise her mom and her sister have to survive Denise is autistic and I feel sorry for her to have to go through the world possibly ending But let me tell you Denise is smart as a whip and figures so many things out and she is freaking awesome She saves people she figures things out to save people She is smart as a whip Denise's mom is a drug addict which sucks especially right now They are supposed to get to a temporary shelter that's supposed to withstand the comet hitting Denise doesn't know where her sister Iris is and she's freaking out because her and her mom are late to the shelter They do come into contact with some people one of whom Denise knows and they end up on board the Nassau it's a generation ship The Nassau was supposed to have already left but they are working on some mechanics They tell Denise and her mom that they can't stay because you have to be on a lottery or be very useful to stay on the ship Only so many can be on board They tell Denise and her mom they can stay until after the comet hits and then they have to get out I would have done keeled over so it wouldn't matter one way or the other The comet hits As you can imagine stuff is totaled but they are safe inside the ship After a couple of days they are allowed to go back out and start working on the ship again Denise and her mom are sent on their way They end up staying at the airport Denise made some friends from the ship and she ends up helping them salvage for stuff to see if she can get back on the ship Well when she saves most of them from the tsunami she is back on board Denise starts going back out looking for her sister first in a raft and then she trades with some people for a water scooter Denise is just so smart I know I already said that but still She gets a lot of things done for the people and the ship I won't say I will let you enjoy reading about that I just really loved Denise and she found a way for her family to get on board but one of them decided to stay on Earth and try to get things going there again Denise talks the commander of the ship into doing something pretty cool so that they don't have to leave Earth totally alone I really enjoyed this book as it was so different There isn't a lot of stuff going on and sometimes you want to smack people Okay you want to smack people uite a lot but overall it's good I give all the starts to Denise When we've broken through the dust when gravity releases its hold on the ship and then latches back on we unstrap ourselves and stumble onto the walkways into the park into the crop fields ringing the ship We look up We cheer at the sun We send videos and invitations into the far black to the ships that went before us It's February 13 2035We welcome our future whatever it may beMY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List


  4. says:

    Most apocalypse writers know that the readers who enjoy the end of the world are looking for stories about survival either individual or communal On the Edge of Gone sidesteps this and focuses on Denise and her mom trying to get accepted on a 'generation' ship which will offer the opportunity to escape the meteor wrought destruction on Earth It's an intriguing premise but in this case the apocalypse is a backdrop than an integrated settingOne of the issues for me could be that the story is told from Denise's point of view Denise is sixteen and she is focused on three things coping with the disaster which means a place on the ship once they discover it; dealing with her mother a drug addict; and finding her missing sister Iris She's also autistic and I can't decide if Duyvis is brilliant or limited because it allows Denise to be hyper concerned with her topics of choice and incurious about others It also allows for info dumping during the few moments Denise needs to share information about the comet or generation ships or view spoilertsunamis hide spoiler


  5. says:

    There's a comet coming The end of the world is here So when you're an autistic half Dutch half Surinamese girl in a country that averages metres below sea level and you're mother is a drug addict things aren't exactly looking upIn this version of 2035 there are spaceships and artificial gravity and a lot of people have already fled the Earth on hastily built generation ships So when Denise and her mother on their way to an impact shelter come across the last generation ship that hasn't taken off yet they're very surprisedBut is there a place for an autistic girl? Or her family?Setting expectations here this isn't a space book This is Denise's story It's about her trying to save herself her family and ultimately anyone she can while just having to deal with her problems while in the middle of an apocalypse Denise's autism is told from an authentic viewpoint as the author is on the spectrum as well I got a very similar sense of this variance as I did with the character in Planetfall who also shared a condition with its authorDenise is a compelling character She has a terrific voice and is single minded about the things she needs which constantly puts her in situations that conventional wisdom would say she shouldn't be able to cope with And sometimes she doesn't and that feels authentic tooHighly recommended


  6. says:

    The Earth is about to be hit by a comet which will drastically change the face of the planet A few lucky people secure places in permanent shelters or on generation ships headed away from the devastation For most people like autistic Denise and her drug addicted mother the best they can hope for is a temporary shelter during the impact and for a few days followingBut Denise her mother don't even make it as far as their temporary shelter on time They are delayed first because they are waiting for Denise's sister Iris who has failed to return home and then when they stop to help a pair of ailing women on the road who can't make it to their own shelter without assistance It turns out that the women are in fact headed for a generation ship whose take off has been delayed As Denise tries to make herself useful and convince the Captain of the generation ship to let them stay aboard she is confronted with the failings of her mother as both a parent and a person totally unable to cope with the reality of their new situation Over and over again the calculus of human worth is brought up and for a young woman who is only just learning to find value in who she is it is a stuggle she has to come to terms with very uickly Whether someone is useful only matters if you value people by their useObviously a generation ship needs young people but what does a young autistic woman still in high school bring to the table? What about a transgendered woman with no special technical skills? A drug addicted mother who could not hold down a job? Why these three and not three other people? The uestion of how to measure value in people and make choices in times of scarcity is not new and the issues are familiar Told from Denise's point of view the book takes these issues and gives them a fresh perspective It does a good job of portraying one individual's experience of autism without suggesting that this is what autism looks like for everyone in every circumstance The family and social dynamics give the story a sense of painful realism but still coveys hope Overall I was impressed with my first book by Corrine Duyvis and I'll be looking to read from her


  7. says:

    This one is just a beautiful character study full of hope and heartbreak amidst chaos


  8. says:

    This book was sent to me for review by Abrams the publisher but that in no way affects my opinionsI was happy to accept this when asked to review it as I have recently been reading and enjoying a lot of YA sci fi and this was no exception to that rule This book is set at the start of the end of the world in a highly advanced society but one which is doomed We follow the character of Denise and her family her mother and the search for her sister over the course of the book Whilst the family is split up an incoming comet is announced and Earth is not as prepared as they could have been Denise and her mother are waiting for her sister Iris to come back instead of heading to their temporary shelter but they know that they are running a big big risk and that they along with millions of others will die if they do not get to safetyThe story of this book did not take me long to read I read this in two sessions on two separate days and it was intense and filled with drama both times What I liked about this was the diversity we have shown in the characters and the set up Instead of this being an 'escape from the planet uick' scenario as you may expect this turns into a search and rescue for people all around where Denise and her mother end up I fully enjoyed seeing some of the realisations our main character has and also seeing the way that she sees and thinks about this disaster Earth facesThe characters are diverse as I mentioned We have LGBT characters autistic characters drug addicted characters and people from all sorts of backgrounds This is also set in the Netherlands rather than the UK or US which made for a nice change from the 'typical' Western book setting I thought all of these themes were well integrated into the book as part of the story and I felt as though it actually had some great messages about understanding and effort needed to connect with others It's got some great messages and it's a well written read right from page 1 Overall this book gripped me The story pulled me and and made me excited to keep reading and the characters and format kept me listening I felt for the survivors of such a huge disaster and I was rooting for them to just be okay and get through the end of the world uite a big ask This book was wonderful and I definitely want to pick up by Duyvis as I have no doubt that she's a fabulous writer I would certainly recommend this particularly if you do want to see a book with good representation of some of these diverse characters 4s overall


  9. says:

    The blurb gives you the essence of the story this is a survival story that essentially begins as the comet hits and continues for the next two weeks The big uestion is whether Denise and her family will make it on the last generation ship left in Amsterdam and possibly the world That remains the uestion for the book–so if you’re looking for interstellar travel or space pirates or anything of the sort a uick expectations adjustment will give you a much enjoyable read This isn’t an action packed tale this is something between a gritty story of survival and an absolutely amazing character studyDenise is strong focused and capable and just the sort of person I want to be with if NASA tells us tomorrow that there’s a comet headed straight for the earth She’s also female obv biracial and autistic Her identity plays into her life in complex and real ways She has developed coping mechanisms to manage the things that are difficult and they work brilliantly until they don’t Frankly Denise copes so much better than her mother who cannot find her way to giving up her drug addictionIn fact this book has all my heart for an incredible seamless read that is brilliantly diverse Denise’s sister is a trans woman the couple she meets who are trying to help the emergency shelters are Muslims of Moroccan heritage Our potential love interest happens to be Jewish There are people of different faiths gender orientations races and ethnicities and it is completely natural because it is completely real It isn’t trying too hard it’s just precisely what the world looks like And just as in the real world each person’s identity naturally effects their lives over the course of the storyI suppose what was frustrating for me in this read was waiting for “something to happen” rather than letting myself stay in the moment with all the small twists and turns This is very much a story of ground gained and then lost again Progress is not about the progress of action per se as the progress and development of our charactersOverall a deep and insightful read Highly recommended


  10. says:

    I received a copy from the publisher Abrams Chronicle in exchange for an honest review On the Edge of Gone is an #ownvoices novel set in Amsterdam telling the story of Denise a young girl with autism her mother who is a drug addict and her sister who has failed to return home on the day a comet strikes the earth setting off the apocalypse Denise and her mother end up sheltering on a generation ship The Nassau which had been unable to take off due to technical difficulties during the comets impact however they are not deemed sufficiently useful to be given a place aboard the ship when it leaves earth Denise must therefore find her missing sister and convince the ship that she and her family are important enough to be saved How do you convince someone of your use when your autistic? What does it even mean to be useful?Denise was a great character she's strong and fiercely independent and really grows over the course of this novel We so rarely read about characters with disabilities in ya and I think Denise may be the first autistic protagonist I've encountered since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time It's worth noting that Denise is has a high functioning form of autism Duyvis is herself autistic and manages to relate Denise's disability in a very believable and easily intelligible way An autistic protagonist is not the only bit of diverse representation in here Denise and her sister are mixed race having both a white mother and a black father from Suriname Suriname having been a Dutch colony I imagine there are many children of Donald ethnic backgrounds growing up in the Netherlands today and it must be very gratifying to see themselves represented in a book This book also features a transgendered character who is very important to the overall plot and it is great to see the trans community being represented and in literatureThis was a very interesting take on your typical apocalypse story with a much deeper theme running through it The focus wasn't on escaping or helping other survivors it was on disabilities and whether having autism would make you less worthy of saving and less useful to the rest of The Nassau's crew I thought this was a really unusual way of examine how we approach disabilities such as autism today and the stigma attached theretoI had two main issues with the book The first is spoilery so I don't want to delve to far into it I'll just say there were some bizarre logical inconsistencies that just didn't add up for me The other being the lack of overall urgency The novel felt flat and like it was meandering along until page 350 While there was tension in the plot this tension really wasn't translating in how it was written until nearly the end when things were really coming to a head As such the majority of the book felt a bit flat and uninteresting something that could've been addressed through pacing and creating greater tension in both the plot and the writingOverall ratingPlot Pacing 355Characters 45World Building 355Writing 35Themes 455Overall 37


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