- Age Range: 10 – 12 years
- Grade Levl: 5 and up
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 9, 2017
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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 frothing, turbulent waters is never seen again.
Wren has spent most of her life on Edgeland, a nearby island where people bring their dead to be blessed and prepared for the afterlife. There the dead are loaded into boats with treasure and sent over the cliff, and into the Drain. Orphaned and alone, Wren dreams of escaping Edgeland, and her chance finally comes when furriers from the Polar north arrive with their dead, and treasure for their dead.
With the help of her friend Alec, Wren plans to loot one of the boats before it enters the Drain. But the boat–with Alec and Wren onboard–is sucked into the whirlpool. What they discover beyond the abyss is beyond what anyone could have imagined.
Review: A great thriller for middler graders that delves into mortality.
Edgeland is a standalone sequel to Nightfall. If you haven’t read Nightfall don’t worry. You don’t have to in order to understand this book. I would highly recommend reading Nightfall though. Both books are creepy so if your kids don’t like such things it might not be for them.
A refreshing read with two great characters. Wren and Alec are perfect companions on this harrowing journey through the Drain. The authors do a wonderful job at describing this world immersing the reader into every path Wren and Alec take in order to attempt to escape. This world is dangerous with paranormal elements but the characters rely on each other which makes their friendship bloom.
Should you read it? Yes! This is a creeptastic book but may not be suitable for all middle graders.