Iceling by Sasha Stephenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
On one hand, the whole idea of a pod people-style science fiction story is very well-tread ground. It's going to take a lot to impress me in regards to a story like that. Iceling, surprisingly, delivers in this area in a YA field sorely lacking in non-dystopian science fiction.
Lorna has a sister, and her sister is a little strange. Rescued from an arctic expedition, she doesn't talk and sometimes has minor episodes, but, unexpectedly, she begins demonstrating a massive desire to go back north, toward where she was found. Callie decides to go along with this idea and leads to a significant uncovering of a massive conspiracy at best and something that could change the world.
For a book that's literally 50% travel, it's something that hooked me in really quickly and wouldn't let go. As more and more was revealed, and in a really deft way at that, I was just hooked further and further in until the book just ended with me wondering when I can get my hands on the sequel. It's that good, folks. One of the best of the year, and one I'm glad got written. A great introduction to a classic science fiction trope, and a great read even if you're familiar. A must read if you like YA.
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