Sharp, gripping, and disturbing, THE EDGE is the third book in The Anomaly Quartet.
Years ago, a vast and mysterious object known as the Anomaly was discovered in deep space. All missions to explore and explain it failed.
Now, the Anomaly has almost reached Earth, threatening to swallow the planet whole. On an orbital research station, a team of scientists desperately search for a way to stop it or destroy it.
One of the crew, Ali, has lost faith in the mission. Following the death of a close friend, her only interest is returning to the ground – to her young son. But strange events, both inside the station and in the void beyond, force Ali to pursue a new mystery. And as the truth starts to make itself clear, as deadly secrets are uncovered, Ali is forced to ask if she can trust anybody: her crewmates, her friends … even herself.
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The Edge is third in the Anomaly (or Explorer) series. There are references to earlier events, though nothing that would prevent reading this as a stand-alone. The Explorer was the first of Smythe's books I read. Something different in the the ideas, the storytelling and writing, stood out. The Edge matches that level.
The Anomaly in question is a vast 'void' in space making it's way towards earth. The Edge follows Ali, one of a small team of experts on a space station desperately seeking answers.
On twitter the author referred to this as 'space horror', which seems a close a description as any. More regarding psychology and personality; the void always looms, but The Edge is more about the main character, the nature of reality. The focus is on Ali; her life on board mixed with her previous life initially through contacts with her earth-bound child. A question of what is real? Who and what can be trusted. Events on the station feed into a spiral of doubt about everything.
I have read almost all Smythe's novels and The Edge matches his best.