At the Edge of the Universe (Paperback)

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I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw it on the shelf. From the first three pages, I knew the brassy, funny voice of the main character, Thomas, would let me like this book despite the fact that we meet him on a plane to Seattle to find his boyfriend who no one else in the universe believes exists and despite his belief that universe is shrinking. I confess I usually don't like weird. All the characters are drawn precisely and with such attention to their individuality that I stopped reading for almost a day when life takes a left turn for a couple of Thomas' friends. My curiosity tempted me sorely to finish the book that night, but I resisted so I could reflect on these friends. Mr. Hutchinson is a very talented writer, capable of diamond-cut diction and intriguing, believable dialogues, even in the midst of an unbelievably shrinking universe.

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From the author of We Are the Ants comes “another winner” (Booklist, starred review) about a boy who believes the universe is slowly shrinking as things he remembers are being erased from others’ memories.

Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since the second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished.

More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.

Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon he suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking.

When Ozzie is paired up with the reclusive and secretive Calvin for a physics project, it’s hard for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.

But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy—that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.

Praise For…

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A 2018 ALA Rainbow List Title

“An earthy, existential coming-of-age gem.” Kirkus, starred review

“Delightfully constructed… Readers will flock to its central truths.” Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Hutchinson uses a science fiction overlay to explore important topics… Ozzie’s wit and concern for his friends make him a captivating narrator” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Wrenching and thoughtprovoking, Hutchinson has penned another winner.” –Booklist

“Smartly written, profound… Will stay with readers.” –School Library Journal

“Perfectly captures the essence of a coming-of-age tale.” –School Library Connection 

Product Details
ISBN: 9781481449670
ISBN-10: 1481449672
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 512
Language: English