30 years after the dramatic climate events of ‘Iceapelago’ Peter Brennan’s sequel ‘Iceapelago 2091’ shows us how those who survived have managed to cope with the devastation and loss caused by the collapse of the gulf stream and the arrival of tsunamis, referenced as the Eriador event. Having read and enjoyed the first book in this series, I was curious to see where the story went next. There’s lots of explanation throughout, so those who haven’t read the first book won’t be too lost although to fully understand how Ireland became Iceapelago I would recommend starting with Brennan’s previous book. As bad weather is on the horizon yet again, the struggle to survive for all across Iceapelago is about to get tougher. I really enjoyed this follow-up by Peter Brennan. A survival thriller with plenty of drama, the storyline didn’t once go where I expected it to. I also liked the way that the book shows the perspective of the animals, Rory’s Dog Alfie and the Arctic Foxes, I found this an entertaining twist. This environmental thriller is fast paced, easy to read and - as our weather systems continue to change with the impact of climate change - worryingly plausible. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Wow what an interesting book. If you like story lines similar to Twister, or 2012 then this would be a great book for you. I would describe this book as an environmental thriller, displaying the all too real and well researched consequences of global warming and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. We follow several groups of scientists as they all investigate a number of natural events that slowly become more and more dangerous. Alongside the environmental dystopia there’s stories of friendships, romance and family that keep you invested in the well being of the scientists and the environment behaves less predictably. As the environment deteriorates and events wind out of the characters’ control I waited with bated breath to see if they would find their way back out OK. I really enjoyed this story, as well as skillfully adapting key tropes of the horror and thriller genres (namely taking a topic that is a key concern, and exploring some of the darker outcomes) I think Iceapelago also delivers a lot of important information about the potential impact of global warming in a way that’s digested easily. I do think that a map with the bases mentioned would be a nice idea but I didn’t struggle to enjoy the book without one. This book kind of reminds me of Twister and Dante’s Peak, films you watched in Geography class to get information across without feeling like you’re studying and so I think this would also be a great book for teens and young adults too. Iceapelago is a fast moving read that can be enjoyed in a day and I would recommend it.
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