Book Review: The Edge of the Universe

EdgeoftheUniverseby Michael D. Pederson

 

The Edge of the Universe
Glenda C. Finkelstein
Imprint Books, 312 pp.

I generally don’t care to print negative reviews but I think there’s something to be learned from The Edge of The Universe; it makes a strong case against vanity press publishing. Although having won some acclaim for a pair of Christian inspirational books, Finkelstein’s second science fiction novel is a muddled mix of genres that is desperately in need of an editor. The plot—the hero (Daylan) must gather seven keys, defeat his evil twin (Moltor) and travel to the Gates of Elysium to release God—would have been much better suited for fantasy than science fiction. Likewise, it could have been a fine inspirational novel or a good Young Adult science fiction story but instead chooses to wander around from genre to genre, never really connecting with any of them. It’s clear that the author put plenty of careful thought into the story—there’s some nice character interplay and she neatly works her inspirational themes of cooperation and overcoming disabilities into the story—but there are too many elements that simply don’t work. The unsubtle Christian metaphors distract from the adventure story (or vice versa); there is too much redundancy, with most actions being explained once in dialog and then again in narrative; and there’s not even a token attempt at explaining the science or social structure of the universe. Any good editor would have caught all of that in the first draft.

 

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