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Girls at the Edge of the World

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Set in a world on the edge of an apocryphal flood, this heart-stoppingly romantic fantasy debut is perfect for fans of Rachel Hartman and Rae Carson.

In a world bound for an epic flood, only a chosen few are guaranteed safe passage into the new world once the waters recede. The Kostrovian royal court will be saved, of course, along with their guards. But the fate of the cou
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Dial Books
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Oct 10, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased

Lex Kent
3.25 Stars. A very good premise, but the book as a whole didn’t all come together for me. This book was a really interesting mix of apocalyptic, dystopian, cli-fi, fantasy, and YA. When you throw in sapphic characters… well let’s just say this was a highly anticipated book for me. Maybe my expectations were a little too high, I’m not sure, but in the end this was just a slightly above average read. I think Robson showed a lot of potential with this debut, but there were clearly some newbie bumps ...more
Laura Robson
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
HMU for:
* Climate-induced peril
* Aerial silks
* Court intrigue
* Teen girl friendship
* Teen girl ROMANCE
* A healthy mix of bad puns and classic lit references
* My undying belief that you can find the truest magic in nature

Apparently some people think it's silly for authors to rate and review their own books on Goodreads. But, like.

You're trying to tell me
you would spend years writing and editing a book
and give it THREE STARS?

Like, "A strong attempt, but I totally guessed the plot twist at the end.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-fl-su, sff, 2-5, sapphic, ya-na
This was an okay read. A wonderful concept but the execution of the plot was less than desirable for me. For the longest time I was waiting for the plot to pick up. The slow pace was genuinely the weakest aspect of this story. For instance, if Ella wants to kill Nikolai so bad then why does it takes her a large portion of the book to even come up with a plan. I failed to connect with the main characters. The bond between the flyers was maybe my favourite thing in the book. I wasn't much impress ...more
☆ advanced reader copy from edelweiss ☆

Oh god, oh god, oh god

I'm going to try to reign in my feelings to write this review, but I can't make any promises... I had high expectations going into this, but those expectations were greatly surpassed.

The writing was GORGEOUS. I had a ton of quotes marked up, but I'm gonna hold until I get my hands on a final copy. Do you know how in some books with dual-perspectives you tend to get bored of one of them? Well, that isn't this one.

I'm going to have to
julianna ➹
REALLY love the fact that this is about sapphics but also features a Prince Nikolai, like honestly how did they know that's all i want ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
(4.5) stars.

*I was given an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review*

"Twelve hundred years ago, a man who should've drowned didn't."


In a world bound for an epic flood, only a chosen few are guaranteed safe passage into the new world once the waters recede. The Kostrovian royal court will be saved, of course, along with their guards. But the fate of the court's Royal Flyers, a lauded fleet of aerial silk performers, is less certain. Hell-bent on survival, Principal Flye
Eva B.
"A healthy mix of bad puns and classic lit references" is like half of my personality, and this book is f/f so basically what I'm saying is that I need this book injected into my veins. ...more
Mar 28, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new
someone told me this was f/f so now I want it, obviously
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A very cool concept but it felt a little draggy at times. The last quarter of the book is an easy 4 stars. I'm intrigued and enjoyed it enough that I would like to continue the series, and as such that 3.5 star rating could potentially change depending on the other books.

With a flood of Biblical proportions imminent, the royal family has only had time and resources to build a few arcs and very few will be lucky enough to get passage. Our novel follows two aerial silk performers of the
Thank you to Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The land of Kostrov is destined to be flooded. Only those who are lucky or privileged will make it onto the Royal Fleet and survive. Until recently, the Royal Flyers were always counted among its passengers. When Natasha learns they won't be on it, she and her trainer come with a plan for her to become the Queen and convince her new husband to add the flyers. Ella on the other hand, is here for revenge.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Content Warnings at end of review

Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Teen for an e-arc of this book.

Set in a world well on its way to the next world-wide flood, Natasha will do anything it takes to get her and her Royal Flyers on the Royal Fleet, even if it means trying to marry Prince Nikolai. Meanwhile, new flyer Elle Neves is plotting the courts destruction and falling for Natasha at the same time.

I loved the plot of this book so much! There is so much interesting world-building and
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Nov 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-be-released

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Nov 05, 2020 marked it as unreleased  ·  review of another edition
today's cover reveal has me excited all over again for this f/f fantasy about aerial silk performers and court intrigue

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“She told me stories of girls who knew how to fly and girls who trusted each other and girls who trusted themselves.”

I completely enjoyed this sapphic fantasy with serious dystopian vibes. Court intrigue, revenge, love, secrets and aerial silk flyers make for a story that’s hard to put down. Everything I love about fantasy is layered beautifully in to a fast-paced dystopian world that is facing a devastating future.

I love the premise of Girls at the Edge of the World, the desperation and the kn
Daniel H
Feb 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
This book is coming soon according to author’s blog! The stoke is LIMITLESS
Allison Saft
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Complex and unflinching, Girls at the Edge of the World is an absolutely phenomenal debut. The prose is gorgeous, and Robson manages to pack so much meaning into so few words. I'm in awe that she manages to extract so much from the relationships and the world in such a tightly plotted and written book. I adored both narrators--and was absolutely enchanted by the sweet, swoony romance between them. Robson is a master of creating this backdrop of literal world-ending stakes (the rise of religious ...more
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Randi (Rampant Reading Reviews)
I received an advanced copy of Girls at the Edge of the World through NetGalley so I could share my review with you!

Content Warning: Homophobia, Religious Bigotry, Suicide (past), and Violence

Natasha is the principal performer in the Royal Flyers, an elite group of silk dancers whose history extends back to the earliest days of recorded history. Her position is coveted by many, especially with the impending disasters threatening the world. The floods are coming far earlier than anyone could’ve e
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Thanks to PenguinTeen for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Content warning: homophobia

Welp… The might be one of the strangest dystopian fantasy novels I’ve ever read. Obviously I read the synopsis but I couldn’t quite seem to grasp the reality of what I was reading. It’s like a weird mix of a Noah’s flood from the Bible, pagan myths, colonialism, dystopia and post-apocalyptic…something. The plot itself was…meh? But it was the characters that really mad
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
★★★★☆ 4/5

thank you to penguinteen and netgallery for the arc!

WOW okay that was actually so so good. this book was on my list for most anticipated releases for 2021 and i practically screamed when i got the arc and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

i really liked the idea of the book, and it felt pretty well done. maybe a little too much plot and it felt a little messy at times, but it was enjoyable and easy to look past.

the romance also felt a little rushed at the end, i feel like the
Avery Elise
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 stars

I just finished this book and I am in shock. This book was incredible, I haven't read a fantasy like this in a long time.

The characters were pretty well characterized, except for some of the side characters. The romance was excellent. The pacing was so-so, while it was a bit slow in the beginning, the end and middle sections were at a great pace.

The Worldbuilding is also something I thought added a good element to the story. The world the novel is set in is very interesting and has lo
Bethany Dickey
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
HELP this was absolute perfection. I found the world so easy to get lost in. SLOW BURN SAPPHIC ROMANCE!!!

I LOVE anything with apocalyptic vibes. The religious allegories in this took it to the next level and I require a sequel but also I completely adored the ending.

Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
brb waiting for more especially the sapphic goodness provided by this book? I maybe an easy sell on dystopians now, but the writing is what really got me for this one.

I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books of the year. mindblowing
Ariana Rollins
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So excited for this book to come out, especially since it's an own voices tale about finding out your sexuality with incredible world-building! ...more
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, arcs
Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest opinion.

Okay so I had to DNF this at 34%. I hate DNF'ing books with everything in me but gods I just couldn't get past two things. First, the pacing was so slow. 34% of the way in an basically nothing happened. Second, the dual perspective really wasn't working. Their voices were the same. With dual perspectives, the individuals personality shines through and you're able to easily tell whos narrating. That just wasn't th
Emma (book.jargon)
**Girls at the Edge of the World**
How far are you willing to go in order to live?

Natasha and Ella both have to ask themselves this, just how much they are willing to lose of themselves in order to see a new world.
There’s only a few more Storms left until a flood is predestined to come and wipe out the Earth. Each kingdom is torn apart by those that fear the Storms prophecy and those that worship it. But with only a few seats left available on the fleets that will survive the flood, everyone is
Lisa | Lady_Logomancer
Gosh, the premise of this book is so good. A slow burn sapphic romance, lots of pining and yearning, a climate fiction plot, anti-imperialism, anti-religious persecution, and revenge! (one of my favorite things in the world!)

The problem for me was the execution. When you have something woven together with this much complexity you need to have believable actions and motivation from each character. I think the cast was a bit too large, each person’s stake was a little too big. Not everyone can ge
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