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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.
ICEAPELAGO is a new word for a new world. ICEAPELAGO describes a country - in this case the island of Ireland - with ice covered seas and islands and tundra winter conditions.
This climate change thriller - a new sub-genre of environmental fiction - describes how ICEAPELAGO was formed.
There are three separate but interconnected story lines.
In Greenland, scientists in the Summit Station - 3,000 metres atop the ice sheet - undertake tests to determine the flow of surface meltwater as it cascades through the glacier’s crevasses and sub-surface lakes to sea level. An innovative tracking device is used. The melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet is a tipping point and a direct threat to the nations of the North Atlantic.
Another different but related threat is the disruption of the Gulf Stream and the impact of its collapse on the countries that benefit from its moderating influence on weather patterns. The RV Celtic Explorer sets sails to the sea bed off Ireland’s Continental Shelf and makes a discovery that nobody expected. A manned submersible witnesses disaster in the making.
The third storyline takes place on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. Here Spanish research students doing summer vacation work discover the first signs of volcanic activity in an area hitherto dormant. This triggers an international response. The Caldera de Taburiente explodes with dire consequences not just for the local population.
These dramatic events are related through the experiences of: Norwegian scientists, an Irish inventor, researchers from several countries and global bodies, the crew of a research vessel, an old and a young spy, mountain guides, pilots, hill walkers and tourists, and Prime Ministers. All witness or play a part in the generation changing circumstances that lead to the creation of ICEAPELAGO.
You will visit many locations: the Masters at Augusta, the British embassy in Dublin, Faro de Fuencaliente, Pico Bejenado, Roque de los Muchachos, Galway City, Ilulissat, Tasiilaq, the Johan Petersen Glacier, the Eriador Seamount, Oslo, Merrion Street (Dublin), Barlovento, the QM2 and Cobh.
ICEAPELAGO was formed after tsunamis destroyed the landscape. Rising sea levels and winter ice conditions forced the humans who survived to adapt. The first migrants were Artic foxes. Their story will be told in a sequel novel.
This is Peter Brennan’s first work of fiction. He lives in Sandycove in Dublin. The book was inspired by his long interest in climate change and climate science. He visited Greenland, La Palma and the RV Celtic Explorer as part of his background research. Peter has published three non-fiction books and numerous reports about climate action and the low carbon economy.
This is a work of fiction which, hopefully, will never become fact.
Publication date: 25/05/2020
Publisher: Peter Brennan
|Publication date:||25th May 2020|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Action Adventure / Spy, Indie Author Books, Indie Books We Love, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Climate change,|