Edge of Heaven


Edge of Heaven



Danae has the kind of secret that could get a person killed.

In 2119, a permanent relocation centre –Creo, is a bi-level home for the dispossessed of a planet where habitable space is hard to come by. In the dark honeycomb district of the lower city, Creo Basse, Danae struggles against a tide of martial law and growing numbers of CDC operatives.

Three-hundred miles away, a dog-walker in the Réserve Naturelle de l’Auvergne, a dog-walker makes a gruesome discovery –a badly decomposed body, half-buried under a landslide. That moment of horror sets in motion a chain of events that will bring catastrophe in their wake.

When Danae meets Boston Turrow, both their lives change irrevocably – neither of them prepared for the strength of their connection. When the gates of the city close shut, they know the city is dying. Hidden from sunlight and fed air through ancient filters, the people of Creo have seen this kind of thing before. For a population of nearly 100 million, the implications are fatal –their plans for better futures turned to dust.

The secret Danae clings to may be the only answer to the new pestilence taking the lives of hundreds, but stepping forward is tantamount to suicide. Then Boston begins to cough, and she must make a choice: what will she give up to save the one glorious thing in an inglorious life? 

RB Kelly has crafted a dystopia reminiscent of the classical science-fiction worlds of Ursela K. Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, and Iain M. Banks with the existential sensibilities of Albert Camus' The Plague.


"Punchy and riveting." —The Irish Times

"Kelly is part of a growing generation of younger Irish writers, such as Kevin Barry of City Of Bohane fame, who are daring to try something radically different." — Irish Independent

"Clever" Irish Examiner

"Cutting edge" —Ian McDonald

"If you enjoy JG Ballard, Philip K. Dick or Iain M. Banks – this is a striking novel... RB Kelly is an exciting new voice in speculative fiction." —eatsplantsreadsbooks.wordpress.com


RB Kelly's first novel, The Edge of Heaven, was a winner of the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair Competition and was published by Liberties Press in 2016. Her short fiction and non-fiction articles have appeared in magazines and journals around the world, and her short story Blumelena, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2012. Her doctoral thesis, Mark Antony and Popular Culture, was published by IB Tauris in 2014. She lives and works in Belfast.

ISBN: 9781910742464

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