At the Edge of the Universe

4.5/5 stars

This is personally one of my most favorite books that I have ever read. Having read some of his previous works, I am familiar with Hutchinson’s writing style, which is a very upfront, straightforward yet detailed sense of perspective. It focuses on the main character’s thoughts and actions. The novel begins with Ozzie and his boyfriend’s entire existence disappearing; no one seems to remember him but Ozzie. Also, he believes that the universe is shrinking. He and who begins as his physics partner, Calvin, continue their lives and trying to find their way in life as the world around them shrinks. The book touches upon various social problems and what it’s like to deal with certain situations and environments.

By the time the book ended, there’s a sense of completion. However the only critique I have is the one or two unanswered questions I have; it may be because of a lack of understanding on my part and may be different for other readers. Either way, I highly recommend this book for any teenage reader.

- Joann L.

The universe is shrinking faster than a balloon, your boyfriend has vanished out of existence, and worst of all, prom’s tomorrow! Oswald “ozzie” Pinkerton (great first name by the way) is the protagonist of this coming-of-age story, and he’s got some choice words to say about it. Linguistically, Ozzie has some unforgettable one liners like: *“I’m psycho, not psychic” or “It was either here or jump off the nearest bridge.” But the sarcasm doesn’t always work, and Ozzie has a tendency to either ramble or lay it on so thick that there is an entire epidermis of pretentious. Still, it can be very entertaining.
While the book is classified as sci-fi, it’s more "Groundhog Day" than "The Matrix". While the universe is steadily shrinking, and Ozzie does delve into quantum physics, it’s more like background noise. Instead, the book centers around Ozzie’s own universe, specifically the people that shape his world. Hutchinson’s slew of side characters are diverse as they are compelling, they have flaws and especially their own issues. The book features no throw-away characters, which amplifies Hutchinson’s world-building. In addition, there’s a hilarious side story where Ozzie visits a string of therapists *see quote above* that he manages to either piss off or fire. To reiterate, this book is a coming-of-age story about finding the good in a bad situation, not a dystopian romance about saving the world. Overall, I’d give this book “8.78965890 light years” out of ten.

Review by Srija C.

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