“They were flying: not high, but not touching the earth, either; they were in the snow, part of the snow, suspended and whirling and dancing, in blue light. They were energy in movement, no effort at all now, all the ease of the dance without any of the pain-they were drifting, they were flurry; they were eddies in the air made into bodies; they were snowflakes.“ – 4.75/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: fires, pushy jocks, SPOT trackers, wood cabins, plane crashes, rifles, bears, monkey plushies, ballet in the snow, viral videos, antibiotics and motivational magnets.
I don’t usually gravitate towards science fiction/alien books. It’s just not my cup of tea. Then I saw this book, I read the synopsis and I thought I should give it a shot – plus, the cover was beautiful! I’m always trying to read different types of books to get out of my comfort zone, so I have to admit I was skeptical at first, but I started reading it anyway.
Long story short: I’m very impressed. This book was absolutely beautiful, and exceeded all my expectations. I’m really into survival books, and a young adult version of that was exactly what I needed. It’s definitely NOT a heavy book – for my surprise! It was very easy to read, I loved the writing style, and I only put the book down when I had to.
The writing was one of my favorite things about this book. Nick has a writing gift. His writing is smart, beautiful and leaves you hungry for more. Most chapters ended in “mini-cliffhangers”, so you were always wondering what was going to happen in the next chapter! And can we talk about the scene when Emily was dancing in the snow for Aidan? I seriously felt that in my heart, and that does not happen often.
The atmosphere was absolutely magical. The book is set in Alaska, and through my reading I was transported there. The snow, the cold air. The descriptions were so authentic, it’s impossible to read this book and not feel the cold – I had to grab a few cups of hot tea myself, no joke!
Emily was exactly the kind of heroine I like: strong, intelligent and skilled, but still human. Qualities I find in other female leads I loved before, like Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games”. I loved the other side characters too – especially Aiden and Bob – but Emily was definitely my favorite.
I’m shocked I liked this as much as I did. I honestly hope this book gets the hype it deserves! It’s a unique, beautiful book that you should read with your own eyes to understand the magic.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s Knopf Books for Young Readers for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!