Shiver: A novel
2 journalers for this copy...
"In her first novel Nikki Gemmell delves into the emotional depth of love and loss set in the wilderness of Antarctica. A young woman gets the chance of a lifetime. To go to ‘the land of mythical tragedies, the place of ships’ hulls being crushed by ice, of long journeys into darkness and death, of soles falling from feet and being strapped back on, of teeth freezing and splitting, fingers dying, toenails coming away, mates disappearing through holes in the ice, mates walking away into blizzards, saying I’m just going outside and may be some time and never coming back…’
Surrounded by the cruel beauty of the last great wilderness on Earth, she finds herself transfixed by the power of the land.
Travelling and living with a close-knit and idiosyncratic team, Fin learns the rules and taboos of community life in Antarctica, and then promptly breaks the strictest taboo of all – she falls in love. The consequences are shattering. Lyrical, haunting and sometimes painfully moving, Shiver is a first novel of great power and beauty."
-- Collins Books
I hope I can get around to this one in the not-too-distant future...
There was a tension throughout the whole story involving some characters, which I thought was going somewhere, but petered out to very little, if anything at all. And I thought the MAJOR EVENT (no spoilers) which was the climax of the book was a bit cliched or amateurish.
Nonetheless (there's always a 'nonetheless'!) it was a good quick read that kept me mostly intrigued. I'm feeling generous, so I'll give it a 7.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I left it in the magazine rack at Grab'n'Go on Friday Feb 15 (I left for Chile the next day and haven't had a chance to make release notes till now - sorry!)