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Our Lady of the Ice

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:

Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.

Diego Amitrano, th
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Saga Press
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Emily May
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, sci-fi, 2015
DNF - 40%

I know some people don't like ratings/reviews for DNF books, but my general rule is that it's okay if I read at least a hundred pages. If that bothers you, look away now. But I am going to leave a review because I forced myself through the longest two-hundred pages of my life to try and love this book.

Everyone has been telling me I should read Clarke's The Assassin's Curse but, as it happens, her most recent release ended up in my hands before I had chance to check that one out. Now, I'
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Last year, I became a big fan of Cassandra Rose Clarke after reading her adult novel debut The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, an emotional tale about love, loss and androids that shattered my heart to pieces and left me pining for more. So ever since I learned about her new book Our Lady of the Ice, I have been counting the days. Its premise sounded captivating too, a mystery drama unfolding inside a city encapsulated by a glas
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

What an absolutely ****ing awesome novel. I'm a huge fan of Clarke's YA novels and this, her first foray into adult SF/F (as far as I know), knocked my socks off. I was trying to think of things to compare it to, and Blade Runner immediately comes to mind, as does the Bioshock series of video games (especially the abandoned amusement park bits).

Action-packed, character-driven, and featuring some really intriguing world-building, "Our Lady of the Ice" is the next level in artificial intellig
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Our Lady Of The Ice is what you get when you take a noir-ish detective tale, some alternate history shenanigans, a smattering of artificial intelligence ruminations, and a few steampunk elements, and put them all in a blender for a while. And while it's all of those things, and more, it's also hard to just narrow it down into a specific genre. It's too violent and curse-friendly to be YA, the mystery aspects of it aren't at the forefront enough to so label it as a mystery/who-done-it, and the sc ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Dark, gritty and inventive, I was drawn to this book by it’s premise--robots and humans living together uneasily under Antarctic domes. Throw in a ruined amusement park, exploitation by “mainlanders” back in South America, and the fact that the robots are evolving and there was no way I could resist. The world-building is fantastic, but what kept me from loving this story more is the writing style. The author is known for her YA books, but for my taste she tried too hard to make this an “adult” ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Android noir set in Antarctica.

Oh? You're still here? I thought you'd have switched over to amazon to hit buy several times by now.

In an alternate 20th century Hope City is an Antarctic colony built around nuclear power plants which supply power to the Argentine mainland. It's a domed city which encloses a human settlement supported by sentient maintenance drones and an abandoned amusement park which houses a handful of sentient androids. The story is about a Eliana, a PI saving to leave for the
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Antarctica! Androids! Gangsters! Drones! Politics! What isn't there to love in here, really? An enjoyable alternative universe tale of a South Pole colony and the strivings of its inhabitants. ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can sell Our Lady of the Ice with just two words: Antarctic noir.

Alas, it's not an Antarctica that's instantly familiar. The story takes place in Hope City, a domed colony in Argentine Antarctica, reliant on electricity and maintenance drones to keep from freezing to death. And recent power outages signal that the worst has a very real chance of occurring.

Private investigator Eliana Gomez is hired to retrieve important documents for wealthy Marianella Luna, but the city's gang boss will contra
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I really loved this story. You have robots and human and cyborgs living under a dome together in Antarctica what could possibly go wrong?? Really liked the relationship between the characters. Would love to see a sequel to this one.
Mai is a Happy Bibliophile
Jun 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2015

Because Cassandra Rose Clarke. I'm obsessed with The Mad Scientist's Daughter.
Marc Aplin
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Our Lady of the Ice is my latest attempt at broadening my perspective and understanding of the 'Young Adult' genre. When I started out on this journey, after the Young Adult Literary Convention, a few years ago I thought that within a few books I'd easily be able to define what makes YA 'Young Adult' and not Urban Fantasy or Epic Fantasy, etc. I'm afraid to say that Our Lady of the Ice is another book that I struggle to define as a Young Adult novel, because by doing so I inevitably suggest that ...more
Apr 08, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest

I've thought about it, and... yes, I could finish this, but why should I when I could spend that time watching the bees under a Wisteria tree or doing the homework I've ignored for weeks or, you know, reading something I actually care about that will end up being more than a three star read.

The reasons I'm DNFing, apart from my obvious not caring, is that: I was told about lesbians and so far there are none - I'm sure there are some later, I just don't care enough - an also, during the first
Thanh Thanh
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theme park. Steam trains. Robots looking like humans develop consciousness. What is this? A part of Westworld universe???

but instead of heat, it's Antarctica ice.

The answer is no. But how COOL would that be?! Although not as grand and violent, I keep comparing the novel to the TV show because Cassandra has elaborately created an original setting, with complicated history and politics. The mystery is logical, easy to follow but quite predictable. The slow-pace is not a big problem for I enjoy t
Barbara LeMere
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Our Lady of the Ice is a book that I started a while ago and was enjoying but life stuff go in the way for a few weeks so it took me longer than anticipated to review it. This is a good Sci-fi involving advanced AI tech with some good action and suspense to it.

It takes place in Antarctica in the future where the main city exists under a protective dome. Recently, power outages have started to occur which have never been known to happen in recorded memory of the inhabitants. This is highly dange
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Take an intriguing concept and then water it down with an unexplained setting and central casting characters and you get something that might resemble Our Lady of the Ice. I'm one of those people who often doesn't notice setting except for when it becomes problematic and boy is it ever a problem in this novel, mainly because there is no reasoning for it. I think, had this been a short story, it might have been exciting. Instead the author has taken a concept with potential and watered it down wi ...more
Tess Burton
Dec 22, 2014 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 20%
I'm not feeling anything for these characters and whereas the plot started off as mildly intruiging, it's not doing anything for me now.
Some great, some good and some okay things.

Review to come.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have read everything by Clarke (and with the exception of The Wizard’s Promise) really enjoyed all of her books. This book was masterfully written and incredibly intriguing but also moved fairly slow. It’s a book that needs to be read slowly and carefully, but the description throughout and the creativity of the setting is amazing.

The book takes place in the Southernmost city in the world; Hope City, Antarctica. Hope City started out as a domed amusement park but when the amusement park shut d
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have not read anything by this author before. Instantly I was transported to Hope City. I got a clear picture of what the city looked like and could feel the icy, cold of the Artic. I think I would go out of my mind living in a place like Hope City during the long winter months. One I don't like winter and two having to ration my supplies all winter and worry that if the power went out how long would it be before everything started to freeze, is not my idea of a good life.

Right from the begin
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 stars. I did not expect this book to be an alternate history! The plot summary completely neglects to highlight that this book is in fact retro futurism combined with noir. Not knowing this off the bat actually threw me off for the first few chapters, because I was suddenly unsure of when the story was taking place.

Once I got over that, it became clear to me that this story was focusing a lot on the atmospheric quality of noir, so don't expect this to be fast-paced. It was fun to follow the
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I absolutely adored Mad Scientist's Daughter, but this one.... Eh. It touches on a lot of the same points as Daughter, to the point where I started to think the two books were set in the same world, but the time lines don't add up.

I will say it has a fantastic setting, very bioshock in the antarctic. But this book either has an intended sequel, or has the most unsatisfactory ending ever. Nothing about it suggests that it's part 1 of a series, so it was very frustrating when it ended, or rather
Jan 22, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi, kindle
5 February 2016: $2.99 on Kindle ...more
Ian McKinley
Hmmm ... what to say about this book? Interesting premise with enough absurdities that I had to shrug, though in the author's defence, we live in a world of absurdities. Case in point: cars driving around in a domed city belching pollution into the air ... I'd say no society smart enough to build domes in Antarctica would ever be stupid enough to allow such vehicles to drive around its streets, but when you think of it, that's precisely what we're doing in the here and now, belching noxious gass ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent noir quasi-sci-fi mystery, but give me more. Show me Hope City as an amusement park in the 1890s, tell me how they built it and drew people down to the bottom of the world. Show me the evolution of the robots, of music as the enemy. Show me what the rest of the world thinks of Hope City, and what's different now that it exists. Show me Eliana's first real experiences with rain and the sun. Tell me everything. ...more
Megan Houde
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Welp another one bites the dust 🙈 So I know some people say DNF books shouldn’t count, but if I get a good 100 pages into a book, than I see no problem as adding it as read. Hey I attempted at least! I set aside DarkDawn because it was going slow for me and want to read something else.. well I read 2 this morning and now I just find this one to be dragging and lacking. I didn’t connect to any characters and wish there was more going on. So on to the next!
Oct 21, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: 2020
DNF 5%

Not really something for me.
Bruno Hache
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know.. it wasn't THAT bad. A few gripes because of the usual new chapter per character which threw me a bit off, but overall decent.

For something I picked up LITERALLY at random it was pretty good.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, year-2019
I got wrapped up in these characters and this strange world they live in. Marianella was, to me, the most complex and relatable, though I enjoyed reading from Sofia's and Eliana's perspectives as well. (Diego... eh.) The ending was left somewhat open, but in a way that's still satisfying, and I really appreciate that it's a stand-alone story. ...more
Douglas Lord
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is pretty cool book (har de har har). An interesting, winning mix of hard and soft sf accents a story that’s part Escape from New York, part Blade Runner, in which everyone wants to get the hell out of Antarctica. Folks here make atomic energy for the mainland, but are relegated to using steam power themselves. It’s a sucky deal in a sucky place, a form of indentured servitude. Three main characters are pawns in a game for control of the region’s resources: Eliana, a gumshoe emphasizing the ...more
This one is a lot like The Mad Scientist's Daughter in that it's slow, and quiet, and even though there is also action, and crazy things happening, it feels like it's far more about the characters' internal struggles than it is about robots vs. humans or Antarctican independence. I really love the way Clarke does robots/cyborgs--I was fascinated with Luciano from his first mention, even though he's never really one of the main characters, and I thought the way Eliana's feelings for him change ov ...more
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

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