My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Death, Romance, Family
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 cannot believe that I expected this to be a contemporary romance novel. That’s what I get for only reading part of the synopsis. (It’s totally the cover’s fault.)
But that’s okay, because I was still impressed (and surprised!) by ‘‘The Edge of Everything.’’
It’s not your typical fantasy story exactly, unless you read many stories featuring bounty hunters.
You know, one of my favourite romance-y tropes is when the two characters are not supposed to meet, but then they do, and it’s a coincidence that leads to something great.
That’s exactly what happens between Zoe and bounty hunter X with supernatural powers. You see, fortunately enough, he was sent to kill someone who was terrorizing Zoe and her brother.
I do admit that I’m a bit tired of the ‘‘saviour’’ element which seems to be everywhere and all the time, but at least Zoe is a strong character herself and very much capable of defending herself. And even if she fails, she’ll still keep trying, which is what matters most in a way.
I liked the idea of ‘‘Lowlands,’’ some kind of hidden world that acts very much as a Hell with Lords and prisoners and assassins AKA bounty hunters (the equivalent of rippers!).
There is a lot of action and even some mystery. It’s a thrilling read, while still being romantic and emotional. The ending felt relatively conclusive, so I’m not sure if this will get a sequel, but it’s a great standalone nonetheless.
Romance is definitely one of the main themes. I mean, without the main characters falling in love, we would have no story. In a way, this is unfortunate, because it’s not as much of a slow-burn as I would have wished, but the romance rang true to my ears, and I must say I fell quite hard for X. Charming fellow.
Zoe is a character impossible to dislike. She is the big sister, taking good care of her brother, and even acts as a mother to him when need be. She’s adventurous, courageous, has a strong sense of family and will brave mountains to save the people she cares for.
A must read! Truly captivating! I’d like to see this world-building expand.
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