The Edge of Over There is the sequel to The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker. This is a blend of fantasy and dystopia fiction written for young adults. This is considered a Christian story, but contains no Bible scripture or outright Christian teaching. There are some references that could be referencing Heaven and Hell. The story is filled with adventure and suspense and tells of the difference between good and evil.
The story starts in Deen with Abra and Samuel in the hospital following an event that killed a man and destroyed a Tree of Life. A mysterious woman visits Samuel and leaves a note for Abra. Years later, Abra is chosen to enter the tomb of Marie Laveau and kill yet another tree. The trees are believed to produce fruit, that if eaten will enable to the person to never die.
As a young girl, Ruby is very ill and her father is willing to do anything to help her and keep her away from her mother. He is given instructions to take only his daughter and a plant inside the tomb of Marie Laveau in New Orleans He is to plant the tree and the leaves will heal his daughter. He leaves behind a ten year old son to fend for himself until his mother returns.
Having not read the first book, I struggled with understanding the beginning of the book. This may have some impact of my feelings for this book. The one thing that stands out to me in this story is after Abra looks through the telescope over the river, she wishes she hadn’t. What she saw was so beautiful “for the rest of my life it’s the only place I will ever want to be.” For an mature young adult that enjoy reading about spiritual warfare, this might be a great choice. I would advise against young people reading this book as there are some parts that are just scary, such as the Frenzies that take place and the souls screaming with speed through the Passageway.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.
Series: The Day the Angels Fell – book 2
To learn more about the author go to: http://www.shawnsmucker.com.
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