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Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
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Jun 02, 13

Read on October 14, 2010

This review was originally posted on ThirstforFiction.com

January 1937, and London is on the brink of a new world war. Life for Jack Miller is not going good; he has no family, no friends and lives in a grimy part of London. How could he say no when he's offered a chance to join an expedition to the Arctic Circle, away from the fog and dirt of London? The expedition starts well, but gradually it seems that something, or someone does not want them, as the land of the midnight sun becomes the land of the eternal dark, things seem to start happening, a last revenge...

Most people will know Michelle Paver for her critically acclaimed series about the stone age, entitled The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Dark Matter is her first adult ghost story, and it deals with the timeless human fear of the dark, or more particularly, things that inhabit the dark. It's a vividly terrifying book, exploring nyctophobia in a rather different way.

Written in a first person, diary-style, Dark Matter follows the six months of Jack Miller's expedition to Gruhuken, Spitsberg (Svalbard in the modern day). When the 4 months of never-ending darkness of the eternal night set in, Jack feels uneasy, as if something malicious, something malign, is watching his every move, willing him to leave...read more...
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Aaron Vincent this sounds really interesting. when are you going to review it(or have you already reviewed it?)


Rhys The review should be posted on T4F Tomorrow or Sunday. Probably tomorrow.


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