Edge of Heaven is RB Kelly’s new dystopian novel. Full of diverse characters and a fascinating plot, it’s an original, enjoyable book.
In RB Kelly’s future, a sprawling, bi-level city named Creo is situated in wasteland France. With a population of 100 million, no sky or natural air in the lower district, and accommodation that’s quickly becoming inhabitable, it’s not the nicest of places to live, but for most of the novel’s characters, its home. Because of its overcrowding, disease also spreads quickly, and in 2119, a new disease is spreading quickly, killing quickly, and appears to be incurable.
Although most of the story in Edge of Heaven is told from protagonists Danae and Boston’s point of view, a host of other characters have their side told too. One of these is Héra, a young woman walking her dog who’s the first to contract the new disease. As it spreads, we see other people’s perspectives, from other patients of the disease to politicians to those who may be responsible and those trying to find a cure. The different perspectives really added to the story, and although it did slow the pace down a little, it allowed the reader to understand how Creo and the rest of the world works in Edge of Heaven.
The different perspectives also allowed us to understand the disease, as different people attempted to figure it out. There were also extracts from newspapers about past arguments about medical advancements, and the liberation and subsequent insurgency of a-nauts, that explain the strict laws that Creo’s citizens have to follow. Edge of Heaven was full of little details that made what happened feel like it could feasibly happen.
As well as the story of the disease spreading across Creo, we have the story of Danae Grant and Boston Turrow. Both of them live quiet lives, trying not to cause any trouble, both for their own very different reasons. They have their own struggles and are both interesting, likeable characters in their own right, and their relationship is just as well-written.
Their relationship, as well as most of Edge of Heaven, felt like it was a little slow to develop, but it was worth it for the way the story played out. The choice Danae is forced to make is heartbreaking, and her and Boston’s reasoning and struggles to come to terms with what’s happening is very well written. A fan of this genre would definitely enjoy it, it’s definitely worth reading.