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The Edge

(Peak #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  878 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Peak Marcello hasn’t climbed since intentionally failing to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He’s been enjoying life at sea level, spending his time with the Two Peas—his younger twin sisters—and being a regular, law-abiding teenager. But then his old climbing buddies, JR, Will, and Jack, show up with an offer Peak may not be able to refuse: the Internat ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Rashika (is tired)
It’s been so long since I read Peak but I remember it fondly. Unfortunately, this sequel did NOT live up to my memory of Peak. I love a fast-paced adventure but this one didn’t do much for me. It was quick and easy to read but that's pretty much it.

For starters, I think this book needed more development. Everything happened too fast and the tension was never the right amount. As a result, I wasn’t as invested in what was happening. I also found the entire situation unbelievable. A lo
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Recommended for: Grades 6+

Content advisory: Somewhat graphic and violent, may upset some readers.

Pairs well with: Peak is the first book in this series. Readers can read The Edge without reading Peak, but there are spoilers in this book so I recommended reading Peak first.

Booktalk: Peak (yes, that's his real name, and please don't call him Pete) Morello is a born mountain climber. His mother was a serious mountain climber before a bad accident and several broken bo/>/>Pairs/>Content/>Recommended
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book! I took me a bit longer than I would have wished for, but still a good read. It was realistic fiction, and I also read the first book, "Peak", in seventh grade. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes adventure and the outdoors. Peak is a regular boy who was in a climbing competition to climb a mountain the fastest. He and his friends had some trouble on the way. Peak needed to save his friends and family from death.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Edge is about a boy named Peak. Peak and his mom are invited to a climing get together called The International Peace Ascent. The Peace Climb takes place in Afganistan and, is hosted by a very rich man named Plank. The goal of the climb is to hang up very bright lights on a mountian side. The lights will spell peace, which Plank hopes will help spread peace around the world. While Peak is
climbing and getting ready to setup the lights with his group, something terrible happens.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great sequel to Peak. Although I enjoyed that book very much, I enjoyed the story in this one even more. Peak had a lot of talking and sitting around, something that is normal when climbers are waiting weeks for the weather to clear on Everest. But this book, wow, lots of action and some very scary situations. Once everyone got to where the climb was going to be there was pretty much non stop action. And jealousy, and fighting, and not knowing who to trust, and some incredible climbing and rescue ...more
Cole Shepherd
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Peak, the prequel to The Edge, a few months ago. This book and Peak by Roland Smith are both worth reading. This entertaining book kept me wanting to read more, and I was always annoyed when I had to stop reading. Smith published The Edge in 2015, eight years after he published Peak. Smith has published other series such as I, Q and Storm Runners. Smith used a unique feature when writing this novel. The main character, Peak, was assigned a project by his english teacher. Throughout the piece, Smith adds snippets from Pe ...more
Van Bradshaw
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think the theme to this book is to work hard. I say this because Peak worked really hard to help Plank put up the lights. Also he worked hard to climb the mountains for the Afghanistan peace climb.
Osorio Salvador
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book The Edge (Peak #2) by Roland Smith is a really good book, I like how he just has a history of him climbing and his two sisters are always doing and thinking the same thing, but then again, they are twins. I think the youngster that broke the record instead of the main character breaking the record, I think that the main character just wanted to give the kid a chance. I personally think this book is entertaining because of all the commotion going on, especially the contest for climbing. ...more
Rose Ann
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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My son read this. He uses my account for his books.
Ms. Yingling
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Peak is approached by billionaire Sebastian Plank to take part in an International Peace Ascent. The pitch is odd-- it's last minute, and the details are sketchy. Still, after his adventures in Peak (2007), Peak and his mother are up for the challenge, especially since if they don't go, their friends won't get the job of filming it. When they get to their location, they find out they are in Afghanistan, and the entire Peace Ascent won't be there-- they are spread out in a lot of different areas. ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Edge by Roland Smith

This is the sequel to Peak, which was a good read. In this book, Peak is back and is requested to go on a "climb for Peace". He agrees and heads to Afghanistan for the climb; his mother, a former climber, accompanies him. Shortly after their arrival, Peak's mother and fellow climbers are kidnapped and Peak decides to try to follow their trail and rescue them. Will he succeed? Or will he be killed? This series is great for middle sch
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good book. It reminded me of Gary Paulsen but more for middle school. The Edge is the second book and even though you do not need to read the first book, Peak, I am glad I did. By reading Peak first, I better understood the relationship between two of the characters in the story. I enjoyed how this book took place outside in nature. Peak travels to Afghanistan with to meet a small group of climbers for a “peace climb”. While on his climb, he runs into trouble. Roland Smith does a great job of de ...more
Kyle Tausk
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Edge by Roland Smith was a fictional sequel to Peak. Peak and his climbing group are sent on a Peace Climb in Afghanistan. While the group is setting up their tents for the night they are all kidnapped by four mysterious men, everyone except Peak. It is up to Peak to find and rescue everybody, while protecting his own life too. This is an action-packed thriller that at times will make you shiver with fear. The author did an excellent job of making the reader feel as if he/she was on the moun ...more
Byers P
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Edge is about a very rich guy who recruits young climbers and film-makers to make a documentary. The excitement begins when 15 year old boy, Peak Marcello, and his mother are helicoptered to a remote base camp in Hindu Kush mountains on the Afghanistan boarder. When the camp is attacked and his mother is taken,Peak has no choice,but to go look for his mother and track down the predators. You will like this book if you are into suspense and thrilling books like the first book to the sequel, P ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 02, 2017 added it
Amazing, totally action packed and intense. If you read peak and enjoyed it I highly recommend this. It is very violent though.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading Ronald Smith novel “The Edge”. At the beginning, the book was really calm, so I wasn’t excited. I wasn’t excited because I’m a type of a reader that like to see the events going fast. The settings were in modern cities and in the mountains. This book showed a cultural collision with an American boy staying for a couple of days in Afghanistan. Sometimes the book made me imagine that I’m living the events with the characters. “ The Edge” reminded me of my cousin, because m ...more
Thomas Baker
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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tommy  g
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Edge by Roland smith is a young adult fiction book about the struggles of professional climber Peak Marcello, peak is 15 years old and throughout the book he is faced with many problems.
My favorite part of the book is in the very beginning when peak gets and offer from the owner of a climbing company that there is gonna be a fundraiser in a foreign country with 200 of the best climbers in the world. Peak isnt as thrilled as many people would be and rejects the offer kindly by saying “i
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Smith, Roland The Edge, 240 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2015, $17.99 Language: G (0 swears 0 ‘f”) Mature Content: G; Violence: PG13.

Peak Marcello, a 15-year old from New York City, who just came from a failed attempt at Mt. Everest, is called to be part of an international peace climb with participants from all over the world. Each climber climbs with others at different locations. While climbing in Afghanistan, Peak’s mother and several fellow climbers are kidnappe
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the book THE EDGE by Roland Smith . This book is the second book in Smith's book series PEAK. The main character in this book is Peak Marcello he is a 15 year old boy that loves to mountain climb. Peak has summited some of the most tallest mountains in the world and has set a couple records but this next climb will be one out of his league which is to climb mountain Everst in China.
When Peak arrives into the small village in China he is greeted by some of his old climbing buddies JR, Wi
Christian France - Lind
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Reese Merrell
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ronald Smith wrote The Edge, which is about a boy who finishes his climb on mount Everest and travels back home to his family and then gets another life changing opportunity. This book is a realistic fiction and takes place in New York and Afghanistan in present time.
The author does a good job of describing the situation and making you feel like your their with him.
The author kind of jumps in this book which is the second book, in the first book he didn't take to much time describing th
Virginia Aikens
Engaging setting and characters

This book is a good read for lower high school students. Enough action to keep readers engaged, a small and not too distracting side romance, and thought provoking without being too preachy. The main story is particularly interesting for adolescents who are interested in outdoor pursuits. I did feel that things were wrapped up a bit too quickly, three isn't much falling action. Unfortunately, while the characters are certainly entertaining, there isn't much in the w
Nazar Tkachuk
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to the book “Peak”, Roland Smith writes his book fast, furious, and totally packed with action at every turn. There are surprises you won’t even guess are coming, and twist and turns that will spin you like your on a twisted climbing rope. It is an awesome and exciting book to read. Peak and his friends are back after only six months for another adventure, this time in Afghanistan. It is an International Peace Ascent. But the trip quickly goes from a good time to a nightmare. They ...more
Ian Everett
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love this series! This book was a step up in action and drama from the first book. I love that we saw some familiar faces in this one and met some new ones as well. I am so impressed with the maturity that Peak shows in the face of some pretty terrifying circumstances. I loved the last lines of the book - that snuck up on me and surprised me but it was beautiful. The only thing that was weird about this was the timing in the story. He climbs Everest, comes home for a couple months and i ...more
Anna Fennell
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first Peak book. I thought it was really accessible as a YA novel and it was appealing to various audiences.

I was excited to discover the second Peak book. It was nice to encounter Peak’s narrative voice again. It was also entertaining to encounter the same characters from the first book in this one especially Zopa (the mysterious / possibly magical Tibetan monk) and Teri (Peak’s strong and talented mom).

This story is pretty straightforward until it takes a
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Autumn Nester
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was still a really awesome book, but the reason that it got a star taken off is because I felt like it got a bit dramatic, especially compared to this first one which was just about climbing Everest. It was still an interesting story and I read the whole thing in a couple of hours, but some of what happened seemed a bit unrealistic and too far-fetched to actually happen. 10/10 on the entertainment factor though.
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Roland Smith is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.
Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University and, following a part-time job at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. After working to save wildlife following

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