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The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
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Jul 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, age-ya, teen-book-club
Recommended to Kate by: Teen Book Club selection
Read in July, 2008

I suggested this book to my Teen Book Club because it had won the Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, and the story sounded exciting. What a thrill ride! The narrator, Sym, takes us along as she begins to realize that everything she knows about her life is wrong. I thought the characters in the beginning were interesting, and I wasn't quite sure how the book would work when, less than halfway through, Sym, her uncle Victor, and two others set off into the barrens of Antartica. But the journey soon becomes more than just a quest to find the legendary "Symmes Hole," which supposedly leads to the center of a hollow Earth, it becomes a quest for Sym to discover who she really is. I liked this so much that I'm going to watch "The Last Place on Earth" series that the author says inspired her for the character of "Titus" Oates, an explorer who went with the first British expedition to the South Pole, who Sym imagines walking with her on The Ice. I can't wait to discuss this with my book club! There was one instance of the f-bomb, but I felt that it served to completely unsettle the reader in exactly the way Sym was unsettled.
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Sue Katie

I love adventure books like this and plan to read it. I especially liked books about Sir Ernest Shackleton and his Ship Endeavor. Also books about Scott's ill-fated expedition of Antarctica.
Sue A.


Kate I really liked this and I've never even been interested in Antarctica! Word from my book club: they didn't really like it and thought it was "depressing." I think it was a bit dark for them (I, on the other hand, like dark & depressing).


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