ON THE EDGE OF GONE
released 8 March 464 pages | Hardback
Author Corinne Duyvis
Publisher Amulet Books
You’re an autistic Dutch teenager with a drug- addicted mother. You discover that a comet is going to crash into the Earth – probably somewhere in Eastern Europe, nobody knows for sure – and there’s a good chance that nothing will survive. You don’t win any of the lotteries to leave Earth on a generational spaceship, and as the comet’s collision looms and you’re supposed to be setting off for the bunker that’s been assigned to you, your beloved sister is nowhere to be seen. Stressful? You don’t know the half of it...
One good thing about On The Edge Of Gone is that somehow this apocalyptic story is told without the misery and despair you’d expect – although it’s hardly light reading. However, the glorious thing is that its star, Denise, seems so real and behaves so convincingly that she sells absolutely everything else in the book, from her wanderings around the destroyed city of Amsterdam to a deadly mega- tsunami. Being autistic ( her creator Corinne Duyvis is, too), sometimes all she wants is to put her head on a pillowcase nobody else has touched. You believe in her, and therefore you believe in her ruined world. Utterly superb. Jayne Nelson
Duyvis is the co- founder of www. disabilityinkidlit.com, a website about disability in children’s books.