This book starts off so well, it’s interesting and well written, the setting is perfect and described well. The ending really lets it down, not at all what I expected or hoped for, very over sentimental. Story has a lot of promise, shame it ends like it does.
This book started promisingly but slowly became an over-sentimental and annoying read. The main character started to irritate me more and more throughout the novel and I found the ending totally ridiculous. It was as if the author gave up on any type of realism and went for the most channel-5-matinee-cheesy-movie type of ending imaginable. I found the main character's description of her love interest quite sappy - he was quite insipid and within five seconds of meeting her puts his hand on her thigh, what a charmer, and he says yes to everything she says - clearly these are her requirements for a male companion because she falls head over heels for him. Definitely wouldn't recommend this book, quite a silly read.
It’s a cold and dark place the Antarctic – of course everyone knows that, but this book will have you seriously wondering just how dark things can get. It’s a whole other world out there with people having to live by certain rules and social habits so as not to go mad, to suffer from “Toast” where a person goes into a fugue like state,, imagining things, hallucinating even, given the level of isolation and sense of claustrophobia, living in close proximity to strangers.
Then there’s the abandoned whaling stations with its bloody violent past and suspicious present. Now I love penguins and wildlife and the descriptions of them were stunning. Ann has gone above and beyond to show them in all their remote and abandoned glory that I almost felt I was holding a camera and documenting their behaviour myself.
There’s a lot of scene setting early on in the novel, interspersed with the threat of something untoward happening that builds nicely. The real action came a little too late for me in that I would have liked to know more about ‘after’, the consequences of it all and how Laura coped with that. The novel as a whole however built the remoteness and claustrophobic tension well. I like the descriptions of wildlife, the rules of living in a camp so remote but the men there were awful and I had no care for most of the characters to be honest. Just as well the penguins were the stars of the show…one in particular.
I felt chilled reading the parts about how animals are treated in these conditions – whales in particular which was heartbreaking. The tough conditions of living and working on such a station were fascinating. The male dominated academic world. the abandoned research stations… there’s a lot to get your teeth into here. Oh and I so want to ride on a Hagglund now!
It just all came to an end a little too quick. It wasn’t the end I’d hope for or expected either and I did emit a sigh of disappointment but the novel before that and everything the Antarctic more than made up for it and chilled me in good ways so that I came away appreciating the natural world and being fascinated with abandoned whaling stations. I just hope that poor penguin I mentioned earlier knows I’m thinking of him.
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Well wow, what a ride... Out of the Ice is a journey into the arctic and also the history of whaling,
Ms Turner's Lead character is scientist Laura Alvarado who is sent to report on whether whaling station Fredilighavn, can be adapted for Antarctic Tourism, the idea is not one she wants to agrees with, and she is determined to ensure the wildlife are not put at risk, when she gets a frosty reception at the Alliance station and not much help when she goes to check out the abandoned Whaling Station, now home to seals and penguins, it stands before Laura as if it had been frozen in time. with the houses stood waiting as if their owners had just popped to the shops! - I just loved the world building the writing in the book was so descriptive I could imagine the scenes quite clearly.
When Laura sees evidence of recent human interference. She realises that the someone has ignored the exclusion zone rules, and with other spooky things going on Laura is unsure if what she is seeing is real or whether she is 'Toasty' from being in the Arctic so long.
When Her friend Kate comes to help her and they go out on a dive to check out the Penguins and Seals at see, Laura gets separated and surfaces in an ice cave where, through the ice wall, sees a figure crying for help.
As Laura digs deeper she realises that there is something deeply wrong at the Alliance station and is determined to find out what secret tests they are doing at the Alliance station.
This is a suspenseful read, that takes you on a journey as you learn of the history of the Whalers from Norway to Nantucket we get to visit through the words of Ms Turner Venice, Nantucket and of course Antarctica, and as Laura digs further, lives are put in danger.
Will Laura discover the truth in time, or will she be forever haunted by the vision of the ice cave forever.
I would recommend the book to all readers 16+ who love a great story with developed characters and enough research to create a believable story that will have you on a rollercoaster journey looking answers.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review
This book was so enjoyable and easy to read. Being set in the Antarctic made this story quite unique. The Author has done an amazing job of explaining what a beautiful, but harsh and uncompromising place it is. There is plenty of suspense, and a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, and If I could I would give it six stars. Ann Turner has an obvious talent for writing.
Laura Alvarado is an environmental scientist working in Antarctica. She is sent to an outpost on a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned Norwegian whaling station, as part of an environmental impact assessment. But nothing is as it seems in this place. From the beginning, Laura finds she is treated as an outsider. And when she travels to the whaling station, the wildlife behaves strangely. There are signs of recent human interference around the whaling station, yet no one is supposed to have been there. What is going on?
Laura and a colleague become separated while on a diving expedition. Laura enters an ice cave, and is sure that she sees a boy, crying for help. Reunited with her colleague, they can find no sign of any other human. But Laura doesn’t give up easily.
‘Someone’s tampered with my property. In a zone where no one’s meant to be, in a place where I’m not allowed.’
Laura’s search for information takes her from Antarctica to Nantucket, and then to Europe. The abandoned whaling station has its own history. Finding out about that history will enable Laura to face some issues of her own as well as to find out just what is going on.
I enjoyed this novel, as I enjoyed Ms Turner’s first novel. Her descriptions of Antarctica and of the abandoned whaling station had me hooked early. The history of the whaling station kept me reading. Like Laura, I was keen to find answers. But, and without introducing spoilers, there were a couple of aspects of the story that didn’t really work well for me. By this stage, though, the story had so much momentum that I couldn’t have put it down. I love Ms Turner’s writing, the way in which she creates the atmosphere, the space in which to tell a story.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster (Australia) for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.