Saturday, 8 September 2012

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (Young Adult, 7/10)

13th September 2012, Hodder & Stoughton
392 pages, Hardback & ebook
Review copy

Themes: on the run from different things, major disappointment, generosity, kindness, taking risks, tragedy, deep secrets, tangled lives, pets, having fun with little children, misinterpreting people & situations, teen romance, drugs, tension and thrills

Summary from Hodder & Stoughton

Becca King and her mother are on the run from her stepfather who has used Becca's talent for hearing 'whispers' to make a large and illegal sum of money. Now their options for safety are running out. In the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, Becca finds refuge in the home of her mother's childhood friend while her mother continues on to Canada in search of safety.

But on her first day in town Becca meets sixteen years old Derric Mathieson, a Ugandan orphan who was adopted as a ten-year-old by the town's Deputy Sheriff. Derric has a secret that no one on Whidbey Island knows. Derric and Becca form an un-severable bond. Becca is convinced that she's the only person who can truly help him, and just maybe Derric can convince Becca that life is too short to live on the run.

Nayuleska's thoughts

I loved Becca's crazy life, how she perseveres when times are tough, how she accepts help when she can go no further on her home. I like the realism of all the people who like & hate her, and how everything she does has consequences. When there were action scenes they were fast paced and exciting. 

However, this story wasn't what I expected. I thought the reading minds would have a greater role than it did, that it would seem more extraordinary. I was disappointed when the story veered away from Becca's point of view. I see why that happened, but I was only interested in Becca and the non Becca parts dragged. There wasn't much about her stepdad, certainly not as much anticipation about him as I'd expected. It still was an enjoyable 7/10 read though.

You can find out more of Elizabeth's website.

Suggested read

If you like protagonists seeking refuge from abuse check out Desert Angel by Charlie Price

1 comment:

Clover said...

Oh I agree, the shift in perspective in the second half of the book didn't go very well for me either. I wanted a Becca-only perspective!