At the Edge of the Universe
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.
- Hardback | 512 pages
- 132 x 206 x 41mm | 499g
- 13 Apr 2018
- Turtleback Books
- Prebound edition
- Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
Ozzie cherishes countless memories with his boyfriend, Tommy. Then, one day, Tommy just disappears. No one except Ozzie even knows who Tommy is, and no one but Ozzie knows that the universe is shrinking. Reality is blurred. High school is already difficult to navigate--the universe swallowing up a first love and, thereby, completely erasing a soulmate does not make it any easier. No one believes him--but Ozzie will do whatever it takes to find Tommy again. Then he meets Calvin, a former wrestling champ, who becomes his partner on a class project. As their feelings for each other manifest, Ozzie is torn between loyalty to Tommy and his desire for Calvin. Reality relies on perception, and At the Edge of the Universe challenges supposed truths, begging the reader to consider a myriad of possibilities. A diverse cast of characters includes a black boyfriend, a white boyfriend, a gender-fluid friend, and an Asian friend adopted by a Jewish family. Along with exploring the complexities of time and reality, Hutchinson delves deep into serious high school issues like self-mutilation, rape, sex, and identity. Calvin, a character who causes Ozzie to question his feelings for Tommy, copes with a deep depression through cutting. He explains the process in detail, both scientifically and psychologically. Sexual experiences are vividly described. Profanity is used throughout the story to make the dialogue more realistic. While some readers may find some of the graphic content troubling, the questions these topics raise will cause readers to rethink the world in which they live.--Richard Vigdor.--VOYA "February 2017 "