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The Boundless Sublime
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The Boundless Sublime

Ruby Jane Galbraith has nothing left. After an accident tears her family apart, she finds her entire world obliterated. And it's all her fault. The only thing that makes sense to her is Fox - a gentle new friend who is wise, soulful, and clever, yet oddly naive about the ways of the world. Fox understands her loss. Her pain. And he offers her a way out - a chance to find peace in a community that seems guided by love. He asks her to join him at the Institute of the Boundless Sublime. Ruby knows one thing for sure: her life without Fox is a life she doesn't want to live, and the Institute is the only way to keep him. But as she's drawn into the Institute's web, Ruby begins to learn its sinister secrets. A fast-paced plot and searing prose drive this gripping drama about an ordinary girl drawn into a secretive cult and how far she will go for love.

Reading LevelGrades 9-12
Interest LevelGrades 9-12
Lexile LevelHL630L
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherSwitch Press
Page Dimensions5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count352
BindingTrade Hardcover
Paper Over Board
School/Library Price



Foreword Reviews - Hannah Hohman

"A disturbing look into how grief makes you susceptible to being taken advantage of, The Boundless Sublime is the story of girl who attempts to overcome one tragedy by barreling headlong into another. . . .The cult’s acts are terrifying, and that they happen to such relatable characters makes the book doubly powerful. With its intricate plot and compelling characters, The Boundless Sublime is a tale that will remain in the reader’s mind long after the final page is turned." - Foreword Reviews

March 1, 2018

School Library Journal - Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

"Wilkinson has created a page-turning thriller that twists and turns its way to an explosive conclusion. But more than that, the author has drawn a portrait of how attractive a cult can be to an average, ordinary person. The story moves through scene after unflinching scene of Ruby’s descent into the cult and her struggle to leave. . . .A suspense-filled read not for the faint-hearted. A good choice for most YA shelves." - School Library Journal

March 1, 2018

VOYA - Mary Balog

"Australian author Wilkinson journeys into the cult whose leader brainwashes and manipulates the members. . . .The last chapters are packed with suspense and excitement as Ruby plots her escape and the rescue of others." - VOYA

April 1, 2018


Booklist Online - Krista Hutley

"This is a frustrating but also gripping look at how cults prey on the vulnerable, and should foster some interesting discussion." - Booklist Online

February 27, 2018

Kirkus Reviews

"A lurid tale of running toward—not from—a cult. . . .An Australian romance/mystery writer, Wilkinson keeps to the former genre’s typical girl-redeems-boy trope but swerves into violent thriller/misery-lit territory to produce a grueling, unsettling read combining the sensationalism of satanic-panic public-service announcements with a first-love romance, a journey through grief, and repetitive, incoherent New Age/corporate-buzzword sermons. . . .Ruby’s transformations and suffering are depicted with a painful, unflinching focus and clarity. . .Come for the cute boy, stay for the apocalypse..." - Kirkus Reviews

February 1, 2018

Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson is the author of ten books, including Scatterheart and Pink. She established, the Inky Awards, and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and she now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers.

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