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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  653 ratings  ·  120 reviews
1913. Dinners, Millet-Bass, and Napps-three explorers bound not by friendship, but by a dependence founded on survival-volunteer to leave their ship, the Kismet, and scout an uncharted and unknown island in the Antarctic, which Napps names "Everland." While all three are enticed by the promise of adventure and reward, they are immortalized by the disastrous outcome of the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Europa Editions (first published November 7th 2013)
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Julie Christine
File this under, "Why had I not heard of this book before now?" It was only by chance I found it; a far-away friend saw it in a display at her local library, took a chance, and loved it. Then came a 'What are you reading now?' discussion in a Facebook group. She raved about it, I found it at my local library and, you guys, SO GOOD. This is the frustration of modern publishing: so many books. So very many books in the world, most of them not so very good. And the gems get lost in the shuffle.

Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-2013
Three is a crowd. Never did a book a prove this point more clearly than ‘Everland’ did. It’s a story of two (fictitious) Antarctic expeditions – one in 1913 and one in 2013. Both expeditions comprised of three people on an unwelcoming (fictitious) island named Everland. And three is just a very stupid number of people to force to stay together in a cramped tent in a very hostile environment. Take a relentless will to survive, add some pettiness and you get the idea. Humanity in time of crises is ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2011, author Rebecca Hunt was chosen as one of eighteen artists and writers to join the Artic Circle residency aboard a traditional ice-class sailing vessel which voyages to the High Artic. Following on from her hugely successful debut novel, Mr Chartwell, the author has used those experiences to create her second book and it is sure to be as successful as the first.

In 2013, three researchers (Brix, Jess and Decker) are selected for a field trip to the island of Everland – first named by thos
Nancy Oakes
4.5 rounded way up

Moving back and forth in time across an entire century, Everland is the story of two very different groups of explorers in Antarctica. The first, in 1913, is set in the heyday of British polar exploration; the second, marking the centenary of the first, takes place in 2012. Despite the passage of a full century, unmistakeable and eerie parallels exist between both expeditions.

In March, 1913, the captain of the British ship Kismet dropped the mate and two others off in a dinghy
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It's an Antarctic island that gives Everland its near-fantastical title, a frozen wasteland at the heart of two adventures taking place a hundred years apart. In 1913, three Navy men volunteer to explore the island and survey its unique wildlife. They are devious First Mate Napps, robust Millet-Bass and the meek (and evocatively named) Dinners. Reluctant to trust each other before the mission even begins, they are thrown into peril almost immediat
“Everland was so remote it made the rest of the world seem imagined.” A terrifically suspenseful novel about two British expeditions to the Antarctic: one in 1913, and another in 2012. Alternating historical and contemporary chapters is a great way of both setting the pace and pointing up the similarities in these fictional explorers’ experiences despite the passage of a hundred years.

Indeed, the parallels are overt: both central trios struggle against frostbite, encounter fur seals and Adélie p
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was a slow process for me to get invested in the characters but by the end I had strong favourites and opinions on them all. The storyline is very engaging, and makes it hard to put down as there are many parallels between the two expeditions and every time there is a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, the next chapter is about the other expedition. My favourite aspect of the book was the psychology of the characters, and how extreme situations really show the true colour ...more
Having read Mr. Chartwell I honestly didn't know what to really expect from this book but I'm glad I did pick it up. The story begins simply enough following two separate expeditions a hundred years apart to Everland, a volcanic island in the depths of Antarctica. Each expedition consists of three people landing on the island and their support crews remaining elsewhere. Each group echoes the other as the three islanders face sub-zero temperatures, wild animals, the psychological pressures of lif ...more
Linda Todd
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
Loved this book what an adventure thid book took me on and loved every minute of this story good story lines and characters well thought out and finely put together in some parts of the story gave me chills but that I think is a good thing as it saids something about the story in other words loved this book and would happily recommend this book to all my friends and a big thank you to the author Rebecca Hunt thank you very much for the privilege of reading your wonderful book and with all that s ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read more than 120 books which I have listed on my Goodreads account and I am pretty sure that I have never written a review for any one of those books - until now!
Everland - what an amazing read. Beautifully written, loved the parallels between the two expeditions 100 years apart and the cold - I could literally feel it.
Fantastic book - I don't think I will ever feel warm again!
Review to follow but thanks for this Whitestuff.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes two Arctic expeditions, in 1913 and 2012, and examines the psychology of those who undertook them. From the derring-do of the early adventurers to the quest for scientific knowledge of the present day, it looks in detail at two groups of three landed on a very remote island. The depiction of the privations of life in the Antarctic climate are portrayed in fine detail and leave one failing to understand why anyone would put themselves through such torture. In both cases the impact ...more
Jo Marchant
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book which was a impulse pick up, I liked the look of the cover but it was a real find. A good suspenseful book which was heightened by the movement back and forth in time. It was light and grisly all at the same time and made me very aware of how quickly life can slip away in these treacherous conditions. A great read, so atmospheric.
Juliet Wilson
This is a novel set in that most mysterious place, Antarctica. In 1912 a team of three men Dinners, Miller-Bass and Napps are sent from the base on the Antarctic mainland to explore the uncharted island of Everland. One hundred years later Brix, Jess and Decker recreate the same expedition.

The second expedition reflects the first in many ways - each team has one member who is significantly weaker than the others and both expeditions come across many problems with the weather, injury and things
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book certainly improved between the start and end. As I figured out how to differentiate between the different dates and characters, I began to have internal debates about who my favourite was. By the end, I could barely put the book down as the mystery unraveled on what happened on the first edition, and what was so similar about the second.
Everland is a book about Antarctic exploration. It takes the story of two expeditions to the fictional titular island, each comprising three people. The first expedition takes place in 1913, the second is set in 2012, to celebrate the centenary of the first disastrous landing. Author Rebecca Hunt appears to draw on her experiences with the Arctic Circle residency to present a highly convincing picture of both a frozen landscape and of its effect on the vulnerable human body. This makes Everland ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everland has a thrilling premise - two explorations, each with three members, set a hundred years apart on the Everland island. The book starts to delve into what humans will do survive under the right circumstances, and Hunt is excellent at building suspense and writing a person slowly unravelling. Unfortunately, though, she is less good at motivation. I enjoyed her writing style and found it gripping but ultimately the characters - and the island, which could have been the best character of th ...more
David Harris
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca Hunt's first novel, Mr Chartwell used an audacious, almost fantasy, conceit to capture the reader and examine a difficult subject - depression.

Her follow-up to that reads as more naturalistic, but still chases big themes - truth, lies, courage and consequences.

One hundred years ago, three men - Dinners, Napps and Millet-Bass - set out from the Antarctic survey ship Kismet in a dinghy to land a small island, which they name Everland after the sponsor of their expedition of the title. Righ
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arctic
I liked the idea of ‘Everland’ more than the execution. It reminded me quite strongly of Cold Earth, in which PhD students attempt to survive the wilderness. Here, two polar expeditions are narrated in close parallel, one in 1913 and the other in 2012. In both novels, I found the petty mean-spiritedness of the characters greatly reduced my appreciation of the plot and setting. Here, the Edwardian explorers sounded oddly modern and, like their 21st century counterparts, unbelievably petty and unp ...more
Martin Belcher
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
In 1913 a British expedition to Antartica involves a trip to the island of Everland. Explorers Dinners, Napps and Millet-Bass are selected to be sent in a wooden dinghy with supplies to take on a mission of scientific and naturalist exploration. The expedition ends in tragedy and no one other than the three know why and what happened.

2012 - almost the centenary of the fated expedition sees a follow up visit with explorers Brix, Decker and Jess, they take all the modern day survival items and te
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from a goodreads giveaways competition.

I really loved this book! The author's descriptions of a place as alien and extreme as the Antarctic is excellent, as are the characters.

The plot follows two groups of explorers, one hundred years apart, but on the same island, with chapters entwining both narratives. The way information is revealed is really good, and makes it so easy to just keep reading.

Uncomfortable parallels can't help but be drawn between both groups for a reader
Sara Reis
Brilliant! What a terrific book!
I won this book in Goodreads first reads and reading it was a wild ride.
I have to admit that after reading this book I felt like I was hit by a blizzard. My heart was pounding all the way through this read, and I couldn't put the book down. Adrenaline mixed with fear, danger and with overwhelming feelings of doubt and desperation.
It tells us about two different group of explorers with one hundred years of difference between them. But no matter how the technology
Jo Welsh
I found this hard to get on with at first but by about a quarter through was really in to it and could focus and had a clear picture of the characters a good read in which when I got to the end I wanted to re read as its one of those books that's better the second time round. I received through goodreads and very glad idid would recommend.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was fascinating. It had that mystery and arctic suspense that Smilla's Sense of Snow once had, but it was much more provocative regarding the influence of small group relationships, desperate feelings of isolation, and the quick road to the madness that both, exacerbated by weather and an unforgiving terrain, can provide. A definite page-turner.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The setting of this book is what drew me to it initially. I love stories about Arctic/Antarctic expeditions. I also really enjoy dual narratives, set across two time periods. The suspense was built really well throughout to a chilling conclusion. Wonderful.
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Intensely compelling and filled with taut suspense, this harrowing novel tells the parallel stories of two ill-fated expeditions to a remote and scarcely known island in the Antarctic a hundred years apart, in 1913 and 2012 respectively. A gripping book I read in pretty much a single sitting.
Lisa Farrell
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Hunt's first book so was keen to read this. It is a beautiful, evocative and heartrending novel in which the Antartic island appears as another menacing character in the drama of 2 groups of explorers divided by 100 years. Thoroughly recommended.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
If you're looking for a suspenseful adventure yarn, this is a good one!
Yowie. Everything you loved about Dan Simmons' The Terror, only MORE.
Jill Murray
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very clever. A page turner - especially in the second half. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Rebecca Hunt graduated from Central Saint Martins College with a first class honours degree in fine art. She lives and works in London. Mr Chartwell is her first novel.

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