Tom Harding and Sean Cawson had been the best of friends, united by their passion for the Arctic even though Tom, an environmentalist wanted to save it, and Sean, a businessman, wanted to conquer it. Three years after being lost in an accident, Tom's body is released by a calving glacier - witnessed by a boatload of tourists on the lookout for the last of the polar bears - and once again Sean must relive what has happened and examine the choices they both had made.
From its unique Arctic setting and depiction of climate change to the juxtaposition of the environment and the world of commerce, this is an unforgettable eco-thriller of the near future. [Small font]
Book not loved, but led to a great discussion on the conflict between environment and economic interests.
Most of our members started to enjoy this book more in the second half.
Overall we enjoyed this book, the storyline held our attention and the topical issues were believable. We agreed that none of the characters were really likable, and the ending a bit sudden which slightly decreased the enjoyment level, however, the setting was of particular interest to our group, as we are from a glacial region. Our discussion headed into geography, shipping and then territories versus countries, and we ended up with a robust discussion around native people groups.
Most of the group enjoyed this book. A well constructed and quite gripping story, set in a part of the world most knew little about. Plenty of discussion around some of the quite hefty themes of climate change, greed and betrayal. The characters were secondary to the plot as is in most 'science fiction'. The group generally felt the ending was bit rushed and 'Mills & Boon' like. All especially appreciated the quotes at the start of each chapter, and the etchings also.
A lively discussion. Scary believable take on climate change.
Mixed reviews. We all found the background, setting and history interesting. Political stuff believable - happening now. Some of the characters were not believable or likeable. Ending abrupt.
Wonderful book - everyone loved it. Highly recommended.
All members enjoyed the book. It generated lots of discussion. Well-written.
A very different read for our book club members - most of whom enjoyed it, although some of the threads not connected well. We thought the author developed the male characters very well, but most of the female characters were shallow and stereotyped. All in all, a fun read.
Story well received, however we felt the character of Sean a bit 'lame'.
This thoughtful exciting book triggered a very good discussion.
Readers loved the twisting nature of the story.
There was a lot to recommend in this book. It is well-written with very good descriptions of the setting. The plot is very topical and expanded our knowledge of the Arctic and its issues.
Generated a great deal of discussion within the half of the group who read it right through, about global warming and human resilience.
An outstanding book that held attention from the first pages. Detailed research ensured the book felt authentic even though it is set in the near future. It has the feel of a crime novel, while the passages about Arctic life and early explorers at the beginning of each chapter helped to illustrate that survival in that region has always been precarious.
Most of the group loved it. Very relevant for the present time.
The few that read it enjoyed it and found it interesting.