ON THE EDGE OF GONE

Comet catas­tro­phe

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

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