Monday, April 22, 2019

"The Edge of Over There"

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Book Description from the publisher:

The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell

Abra Miller carries a secret and a responsibility she never expected.

Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.

Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman--who looks exactly like a ghost from her past--compels her to travel to New Orleans where she'll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she's not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There's also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust.

She's also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

My Review:
This novel is a fantasy/dystopian type novel, which is very well-written and offers an escape to a different kind of world. Although this genre is not what I most often read, Shawn Smucker does a great job at drawing me into the story and holding my attention.  I found this book as well as the one that comes before this (I highly recommend you read "The Day the Angels Fell" first!) to be enjoyable and thought provoking.  Abra is a fascinating character and she has so many layers and shows so much growth throughout the novel.  This is a young adult novel and would be completely appropriately for tweens, teenagers, but also enjoyable for adults to read as well. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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