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Iceling (Icelings #1)

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Lorna’s adopted sister, Callie, is part of a mysterious group of non-lingual teens, Icelings, born on a remote Arctic island, who may not be entirely human. Now Callie wants to go home.

Seventeen-year-old Lorna loves her adoptive sister, Callie. But Callie can’t say “I love you” back. In fact, Callie can’t say anything at all.

Because Callie is an Iceling—one of hundreds of
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Razorbill (first published December 10th 2016)
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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This was a quirky little book for sure! I didn't know what to expect going in, because I don't like to delve too deeply into synopses before I read. Was it a contemporary? A sci-fi? A dystopian? The answer was... yes. I think. It is the first book in a series, so not all the questions were answered but it definitely has elements of multiple genres.

And it's weird. Not in a bad way, but it
Jeff Raymond
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, t
Cait • A Page with a View
Release date: December 13, 2016

3.5 stars. I think people who like contemporary YA stories with a hint of paranormal or dystopian are going to love this series!

Lorna's dad was on an Arctic expedition and found a bunch of babies, so she refers to her adopted sister as an "iceling" (ice sibling). The Arctic Recovery Orphans still need to go in for monthly checkups and nobody can be in the room. Lorna's sister Callie doesn't speak and has conniptions, which is apparently normal with the orphans. The
Dec 10, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok
Iceling was provided to me by the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen-year-old Lorna loves her adoptive sister, Callie. But Callie can't say "I love you" back. In fact, Callie can't say anything at all.
Because Callie is an Iceling--one of hundreds of teens who were discovered sixteen years ago on a remote Arctic island, all of them lacking the ability to speak or understand any known human language.
Mysterious and panicked events lead to the two sisters embarking
Scarlett Sims

Lorna's sister Callie isn't like most sisters. She can't talk, she can't understand anything Lorna says, and when she goes to the doctor, none of her family members are allowed to go in with her. Callie is an Arctic Rescue Orphan, one of about a hundred babies found abandoned on a boat and adopted by families. Lorna has never been able to communicate with Callie, but when she senses that Callie wants to go somewhere, maybe to the place where she was found, Lorna has to help.

Stephenson does a
Dec 14, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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This book has been on my radar since I first heard about it months ago. It seemed like it was going to be the perfect blend of science fiction, family relationships, and a whole bunch of twists that were sure to just blow me out of the water. While this book had all of those things, it also had something I didn't expect - a main character that I felt like I could really relate to. Determ
May 03, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
Loved this! 4.5/5 stars, only losing that .5 stars because it was not MIND BLOWING, you know? But this was really good!
"My name is Lorna Van Allister. I'm seventeen years old. I was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania. My sister's name is Callie. I have a boy I won't call my boyfriend named Dave, a mom named Judy, and a dad named Tom, and they probably work for the government, and this is where I'm going to die."

If only Iceling had begun like that! Instead that quote is stuck somewhere in the middle of the novel. I think it would have made an amazing first line. I feel like that quote is a pretty accurate
Sissy Lu
Curiosity fueled this read entirely and even then I constantly felt as if I were about to drop this book.

Why do you ask? Well, the narrative is written in the view of Lorna who is a very flat and generally unlikeable seventeen-year-old who, when she speaks - speaks like a seventeen-year-old on like, a very, really, actually, tantric diary entry.

I became so lost in the story because of the rambling, the tangent way it was written that I also wound up skipping 2-3 pages at a time because it was n
3.5 stars

Lorna's sister Callie didn't come into her family in the "normal" way. While Lorna's father was on an Arctic expedition, Callie was just FOUND, on a boat, with hundreds of other babies and although she was adopted into Lorna's family and treated with great care, she is still so different. She doesn't speak. At all, or even attempt it. This means that Lorna has no way of knowing how Callie processes the world and despite how frustrating it can be, she is fiercely loyal to Callie.

And tha
Dec 12, 2016 Caitlin rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own.

Lorna's pretty mature for 17, in part because her adopted sister, Callie, is an iceling--one of a group of orphans rescued on a boat in the Artic, and put in homes with some very strict rules. Callie doesn't speak, or seem to be able to communicate at all, but Lorna still loves her and hopes she's loved in return. This love is put to the test when Callie suddenly makes it clear she wants to go home, and Lorna discovers that there a
"The people in your life, they're there every day, and while you know they care about you because of the looks the give you and the way they keep poking you to get up and join them even when you're so sad you can't even move, they'll never be anything but strangers."

I received a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book so much more than I expected to. Yeah, it's YA-esque, but it's wonderfully original. Focusing on Lorna and her adopted, non-verbal
Nov 30, 2016 Ann rated it it was ok
Having just read Karen Joy Fowler's "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," I find it hard not to compare the sisters theme in that novel to that in "Iceling." Both sibling pairs feature one human and one "other." Fowler's characters are well rounded, and our understanding of their relationships to one another builds progressively. Not so with "Iceling." While the teenaged characters embark on an epic journey, with lush and detailed imagery throughout their odyssey, the characters -- and their ...more
Dec 13, 2016 Chrisel rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you to Goodreads giveaway for this book.
This book mainly follows Lorna and her ‘Iceling’ sister Callie on a road trip to the ‘Icelings’ homeland and what ensues once they are there. We find out pretty early in the book that there are other ‘Iceling’ orphans placed in adoptive families as well. The ‘Icelings’ are orphans found on an island in the Artic by Lorna’s father under very mysterious circumstances. This aura of mystery and secrecy surrounding these orphans is rendered throughout the
Susan Chow-Dukhan
Nov 04, 2016 Susan Chow-Dukhan rated it liked it
Lorna's adopted sister was found with over a hundred babies, abandoned on an Artic island over 15 years ago. Callie is unable to speak, read or understand any language. Due to a series of events, Lorna is determined to take Callie home, back to the Artic island.
This book is suitable for readers in the 12 to 14 age group. Lorna is seventeen years old, but the first person narrative is better suited for a younger girl, as she seems to ramble on about nothing at times. I think the novel would appea
I found Iceling an interesting concept of how siblings bond and love each other even if one is “adopted” and from a very different place making it hard for them to communicate. I felt all along that the Iceling children were alien from a very docile community. There were a few things that were not explained, which makes me wonder if there will be more revelations in book two. I did wonder where all the parents were. I was surprised Lorna’s parents left her and Callie alone for weeks at a time. L ...more
Dec 05, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
Iceling was an intriguing wild ride of a young adult novel. I'm hopeful that it's the beginning of a series. If it is then what a great debut of characters and a concept, if it's not then what a terrible way to end a fast paced adventure.

The idea of these people-like plants that have no clear way of communicating being taken into families all over the nation and the adventure that takes them and many of their siblings to an arctic island is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you are loo
Nov 21, 2016 Jolene rated it really liked it
This book took me by surprise! I was immediately drawn in by the story; hundreds of babies found abandoned in the Arctic, rescued by American scientists, and adopted by families. These babies, called Icelings, grow up but they are not like normal children. They can not talk and have weird eating and sleeping habits. Then one day all of the kids, now teenagers, build a model of their homeland and convince their adoptive siblings to take them back to the Arc
Dena Burnett
Dec 14, 2016 Dena Burnett rated it liked it
I won an ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway.

The good: This story was very fast-paced and easy enough to get into. The plot moved quickly and was engaging.

The bad: The characters weren't very memorable, and did not have much depth, leading into...

The ugly: I had a really hard time believing the relationship between Lorna and Callie, and that Lorna would go to such extremes for Callie. It seemed that Callie was more of a burden, and I had trouble understanding why Lorna would uproot everything, sim
Briar Rose
The premise of this book sounded so fascinating, but I ended up being really disappointed by the execution.

I found the plot nonsensical, the prose overwrought and littered with unconvincing, overly-emotional reactions, and the narrator inconsistent and ultimately not very believable. The road trip seemed to drag on forever, and the main character's endless digressive rants frequently talked and talked and talked without actually saying much of anything.

One of my biggest YA disappointments of the
Dec 04, 2016 Stacie rated it liked it
Thanks to Penguin's First to Read Program for the read.
3.5 stars from me

I enjoyed the concept, it was really weird. Basically, weird babies found in artic pod got adopted to "families." The pod babies never talked just did strange thing every once in a while.

Lorna with her adoptive sister, Callie, travel to find her home and rescue the future of Callie's people.

The downside for me was the flow of the story. It took awhile for the story to get going, then it died down, and ended without too many
Holly Ratcliff
Oct 21, 2016 Holly Ratcliff rated it it was ok
Rhetoric: Excess wording makes the reading drudge on longer than it needs to (really, very, actually).
Narration: Protagonist's ramblings don't add any advancement or insight to the story.
Plot: Although it may be familiar, I found it had some special differences that kept it fresh.

This story starts slow, but picks up enough, so that I was able to marathon it in one day. I would suggest others read it in the same way, ingesting the adventure all at once, trying not to overthink it.
Jan 14, 2017 dg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
ok listen. this was amazing. the book is written in a kind of train of thought from the point of view of lorna, who has an adoptive sister/"iceling" named callie. lorna is HILARIOUS and an amazing heroine. the icelings are interesting and i loved each side character like stan and emily, even though emily was introduced near the very end she seemed very real and i'm excited for her in the next book. this review honestly doesn't even make sense i just love this book please read it
Mandie Pottery
Nov 09, 2016 Mandie Pottery rated it really liked it
Won this book as a Goodreads giveaway, and it truly was fantastic. An original concept, by a first time author, and left me with a cliffhanger, I'm sure will be on my mind for awhile. I am excited for the next installment, and hope to be notified of its release date, as soon as it's available. I need to know what happens to Lorna and Callie, for my peace of mind.
Jo Pussinabox
Dec 01, 2016 Jo Pussinabox rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book!! I am a big fan of YA but so many recently have been trying to be the next Hunger Games or the next Divergent. Iceling isn't trying to be any of these and is all the stronger for that. The characters are well written and interesting, especially the main character, Lorna. She is so likeable and relatable.

Please read this book!
Heather Hughes
Nov 27, 2016 Heather Hughes rated it it was ok
I can't do it with this book. The concept was promising, but the writing was awful. Fragments, too much detail, and everything was in a simile. There were extra words that weren't needed and everything just went on forever.

I gave two stars because of the concept, but the writing ruined it. It happens, though.
Jan 19, 2017 Katy rated it it was ok
My favorite part was that Lorna called Callie "kid sister" all the time. So freaking adorable.

But yeah, overall, just meh. Started out interesting, but got super slow and boring in the middle and never really recovered from that.
Noelle Walsh
Dec 13, 2016 Noelle Walsh rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was interesting. The main character, named Lorna, seemed to drone on in places but was somewhat interesting. What is obvious is that she loves her sister, and that was really touching, in my opinion.

*won as a GoodReads Giveaway*
Nov 20, 2016 Suzanne rated it it was ok
I thought the overall premise for this book was very unique and intriguing, but the long, rambling internal monologues from the teenage narrator coupled with some pretty big plot holes ultimately made this book just not for me. I received it from First To Read in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 10, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, read-2016
Very unique premise, but it gets repetitive and ends on a complete cliffhanger. Note some mild language.
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