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On the Edge of Gone

by Corinne Duyvis

Published by Amulet Books/Abrams, 2016
456 pages
ISBN: 979-1-4197-1903-5

Age 14 and older

Itís 2035 and a comet is headed toward Earth. Preparations for the inevitable destruction have fallen along class lines Ė those who can afford it, or who have critical skills, are set to escape on self-sustaining generation ships. Those who canít are staying in underground shelters with little hope of long-term survival. Biracial Denise, her drug-addicted mother, and her trans sister donít come close to qualifying for safe passage on a generation ship but Denise is determined to get the three of them on board, even it means lying or sneaking on. Denise has autism Ė sometimes that hinders her, sometimes it helps, but always it is just part of who she is and how she views the world. Set in a futuristic Amsterdam, this compelling novel is tense, visceral, and extremely well crafted. It also offers a thoughtful exploration of ethical dilemmas: What would you be willing to do to survive? Whom would you save? And, in the face of pending doom, who deserves to live and who is expendable? ©2017 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center


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