Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Piatkus (31 Dec. 2015)
What’s it about?
On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.
Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness
Where nothing grows
Where no one lives
Where tears freeze
And night will last for another 54 days.
They are looking for Ruby’s father.
Travelling deeper into a silent land.
They still cannot find him.
And someone is watching them in the dark.
What did I think, my review?
When I started this book I was hooked straight away, but then it became a roller coaster of excitement and indifference.
I love the story and the subject: Astrophysicist Mum who has somehow lost ‘herself’ and Wildlife photographer Dad are struggling with their marriage, and in the middle Ruby deaf from birth the star of the show.
Dad is in Alaska, stays in a remote village after filming, to photograph the wildlife and Ruby and Yasmin fly out to join him, but on arrival in Alaska are told he is dead.
So somehow Yasmin who is not the person she once was, defies everybody, steals a thirty eight ton lorry and drives the Dalton road in frozen Alaska with her 10year old daughter to find Matt who she believes is still alive. Okay…?
Not sure really, but no matter because the book is full of beautiful lines and even more stunning descriptive narrative. Lupton takes you to worlds beyond your imagination, giving both the fearsome savagery and beauty beyond the arctic circle.
I love the title of this book, it sums up what she is describing of the place.
There is a bigger message in the plot with fracking for shale oil or gas and the damage to the environment. Thank you Rosamund Lupton for opening my eyes a little bit to the possible dangers to the environment and why we must think carefully about what is at risk.
Thing I was unsure about?
At first I was a little confused with Ruby’s point of view followed by it switching to the third person. Personally I would have liked maybe a small notation between the paragraphs to indicate the switch, so that I could instantly read the change so that it didn’t somehow seem unfinished.
Thanks to the publisher for a copy of a kindle version via NetGalley.