Summary: Unbeknown to the inhabitants of Earth (known as Terrans), a collective of different alien species has been fighting against an evil force named Rhozan who conquers whole worlds through the use of mind-control. Knowing Rhozan will eventually turn his sights to Earth, the collective seeds the population with genetic mutations that will make them immune to Rhozan’s powers. Teens Alec and Riley are part this new generation of Potentials, and when Rhozan begins his take-over, it is suddenly up to them and their Terran guardian Darius Finn to figure out how to stop him and prevent Earth’s demise.
Number of Pages: 264 (paperback edition)
Age Range: 13-15
Review: An action-packed book, Edge of Time covers eugenics, zombie apocalypses, supernatural powers and time travel as Alec and Riley try to figure out what is going on and how they can stop Earth from being taken over by an alien invader.
My favourite part of Susan M. MacDonald’s book comes when Alec is faced with the consequences of his decisions and realises how much he has been changed by everything that has happened. As much as he would like to, he can’t go back to the way things were and must accept the possibility of a future he could never have imagined.
Edge of Time seems as though it could easily lead to a sequel, as there are some unanswered questions and an opening for a Rhozan reoccurrence.
“Darius appeared at Riley’s elbow. ‘So, you spent all your spare time in a bookstore. A life-changing pastime.’
Riley bristled. ‘If there’s anything more important in this world than books, I haven’t heard about it.'” – conversation between Darius and Riley from Edge of Time by Susan M. MacDonald, page 65
“‘Why are Terran males so implacable? My experience is limited to two, but both of you are a study in frustration. There must be something in the water here that limits your ability to surrender to imposed instruction.'” – Anna from Edge of Time by Susan M. MacDonald, page 125