Edgeland by Jake Halpern

Edgeland

An upper-middle grade thriller by the New York Times bestselling Nightfall authors perfect for fans of James Dashner's Maze Runner books. Thousands of miles south of the island of Bliss, day and night last for 72 hours. Here is one of the natural wonders of this world: a whirlpool thirty miles wide and a hundred miles around. This is the Drain. Anything sucked into its fro...

Title:Edgeland
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ISBN:0399175814
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Edgeland Reviews

  • Leanne Jones
    May 24, 2017

    I was so excited to read this book. I pre-ordered it from amazon a month before its release. Then I got an email saying it was out of stock. And now amazon's page says it's only available through 3rd party sellers. What gives? It just came out! :( I need the paperback to match my copy of Nightfall. I spent a long while deciding which version to get for my library and I settled on paperback... I'm very disappointed. :(

    ETA I just got an email saying there's a delivery estimate update. It says it w

    I was so excited to read this book. I pre-ordered it from amazon a month before its release. Then I got an email saying it was out of stock. And now amazon's page says it's only available through 3rd party sellers. What gives? It just came out! :( I need the paperback to match my copy of Nightfall. I spent a long while deciding which version to get for my library and I settled on paperback... I'm very disappointed. :(

    ETA I just got an email saying there's a delivery estimate update. It says it will be here June 5, but it hasn't yet shipped. I hope it is true! I'd be so happy.

    ETA Now it says it will arrive on May 31. That is exciting! If this review is the reason it's finally headed my way, I'm very thankful to whoever saw it.

    ETA I finally received it June 1. I look forward to reading it! When I have a review of the book ready, I'll delete this. <3 I'm very thankful to whomever got this ball rolling. I see that the paperback copy I received is actually a UK edition, so maybe the problem all along was an incorrect listing on amazon.com. I'm just glad I was able to get the book I ordered :)

  • Becky
    May 11, 2017

    Wren is an orphan living at the edge of the world. Literally. Known as a grayling, Wren scavenges Edgeland for anything and everything she can use to escape. This includes scouring the water surrounding the island for treasures left behind by the dead. But when Wren is caught standing over the body of a murdered religious official, her plans are thrown into fast forward.

    Her best friend Alec is an apprentice at one of the most famous Bone Houses in all of Edgeland. It's his job to help ready the

    Wren is an orphan living at the edge of the world. Literally. Known as a grayling, Wren scavenges Edgeland for anything and everything she can use to escape. This includes scouring the water surrounding the island for treasures left behind by the dead. But when Wren is caught standing over the body of a murdered religious official, her plans are thrown into fast forward.

    Her best friend Alec is an apprentice at one of the most famous Bone Houses in all of Edgeland. It's his job to help ready the bodies for their passage into the Drain and on to the afterlife. When he scores a huge job for House Aron, the same day he discovers Wren is being sought for suspicion of murder, it seems fate is aligned to save her. Unfortunately, his fee is set to go straight down the Drain itself.

    Desperate, Wren and Alec attempt to catch their score before it goes over and end up falling over the edge themselves. When they surface, they discover that everything they've been told about the afterlife is a lie.

    Edgeland is a brilliantly unique read. From the very start, Wren and Alec, and the world they inhabit really do grab hold of the reader.

    Wren, a clever girl with a mission, is basically one of the invisible and untouchable. She's a thief, one who's perfected her technique to the point that she's secured quite a fortune. And a fortune is exactly what it takes to get out of Edgeland. Her goal is to find her father, who she believes is living in a far off land and once tried to find her when she herself was apprenticing at House Aron.

    It was there that she met Alec. The son of a wealthy family, Alec was sent to Edgeland to learn from one of the best in the Bone House business. His every effort is to please his family and prove his worth. But he's never abandoned Wren in spite of her being ostracized and banished from House Aron after being caught stealing from the dead. And so, when she's in trouble, he'll do anything in his power to help.

    The world building in this latest from Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski is phenomenal! Every detail is so carefully thought out and presented to the reader, that you can't help but get sucked into the story and join in on Wren and Alec's adventure. And what an odd adventure it is!

    Edgeland is great fun - perfect for its middle grade audience and much bigger kids (ahem, 35 year old ones) alike!

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    May 24, 2017

    3.5 stars

  • Lauren
    May 08, 2017

    I really enjoy this writing duo. They perfectly create a complex reading experience for high level mid-grade readers and teens alike.

    Like NIGHTFALL, EDGELAND is spooky and dark, but ultimately redeeming and hopeful. Kind of reminds me of a Doctor Who episode!

  • Jennifer
    May 15, 2017

    Disclosure: One of the authors is an old friend.

    I really enjoyed this. It's in the same vein and universe as their last book, Nightfall, and it has the same elements that made that book so enjoyable:

    -Heroic, resourceful, loyal kid protagonists who truly trust and lean on each other,

    -Really terrifying problems and mysteries to deal with,

    -Creepy and vivid world-building,

    -Kids who are living with real struggles (poverty, class, the fight for survival in hard circumstances, death, abandonment),

    -No

    Disclosure: One of the authors is an old friend.

    I really enjoyed this. It's in the same vein and universe as their last book, Nightfall, and it has the same elements that made that book so enjoyable:

    -Heroic, resourceful, loyal kid protagonists who truly trust and lean on each other,

    -Really terrifying problems and mysteries to deal with,

    -Creepy and vivid world-building,

    -Kids who are living with real struggles (poverty, class, the fight for survival in hard circumstances, death, abandonment),

    -No time to waste on annoying love triangles or romance, period.

    -Male & female protagonists of equal strength and resourcefulness,

    -Heroes make mistakes with real consequences to themselves and others (these aren't annoyingly perfect moppets).

    This book also has the exact same problem as Nightfall, in that it ends with me all "I WANT TO READ 700 MORE PAGES ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TO THESE PEOPLE." Both writers are very well-traveled people and you can tell that they love observing and creating entire cultures, so there are all these fictional places and cultures that get mentioned and suggested, and then you don't get to go visit them with the characters that you already like so much. The stories just...end, with the characters clearly setting off to a new adventure. So it's an enjoyable read but never a *satisfying* one. DAMMIT.

  • Candias
    Jun 15, 2017

    The cover art for this book is beautiful. The concept of this book is unlike anything I have read before and the story is very engaging from the start. The story unfolded organically and contains beautiful and fantastical imagery. I appreciate that the main characters are younger and that the book deals with intense religious issues such as what comes after death. I like how the two sides came together and how both religious sides had good and bad within them. I wish the book went a bit more in-

    The cover art for this book is beautiful. The concept of this book is unlike anything I have read before and the story is very engaging from the start. The story unfolded organically and contains beautiful and fantastical imagery. I appreciate that the main characters are younger and that the book deals with intense religious issues such as what comes after death. I like how the two sides came together and how both religious sides had good and bad within them. I wish the book went a bit more in-depth in some parts, but overall I really like this book and would recommend it to all young readers.

    *I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. The format was Hardcover.

  • Trisha
    Jun 03, 2017

    Tense and tight, this dystopian challenges the notion of religion and faith.

  • Kristy
    Jun 22, 2017

    Fun and engaging. Unique world building.

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