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We all have to work to live, even if it is an illegal survey for oil in the rapidly melting arctic. Software engineer Isobel needs to eat like everyone, and that’s how she fell into the job that leads her to the most northerly place on our planet.

As part of a weathered crew of sailors, scientists and corporate officers she sails into the ice where their advanced software
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 21st 2019 by Unsung Stories
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Whispering Stories
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is the perfect novel for those who enjoy desolate landscapes and post-apocalyptic sci-fi.

Isobel, a software engineer, accepts a job aboard a research vessel trailing an icebreaker into the North. The novel has evocative descriptions of the wilderness that surrounds the ship and captures both the freedom and threat of being so cut off from civilization. The tension builds at an even pace as the mission is threatened by sabotage, environmental
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Doreen
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this thinking it would be a bit like Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, partly due to the cover, but also due to the prospect of a young woman going on a dangerous expedition into the unknown, and the resulting ecological devastation she witnesses firsthand. But that's about where the similarities end. Izzy is a restless young woman with a middling sense of morality who rationalizes illegally surveying the protected Arctic wilderness for her corporate bosses with the thought that ...more
Carol McKay
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning novel which is totally in tune with global concerns over the climate emergency. Isobel, the main character, is practical and pragmatic and completely authentic in her need to get on with her own life. Yes, she has a conscience that occasionally troubles her about the likely impact of the arctic survey she's going to be taking part in, but her own life and needs come first, just like the rest of us in the real world.

Vicki Jarrett's prose style is sharp and direct. Isobel's
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Ross Jeffery
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Don’t get it twisted, I liked the book, thought the storytelling was well executed - but I felt that the books main power was adrift in the artic, isolated, where strange things happen - with the switch from this location I felt all the tension that had been built masterfully was lost each time we ventured away from the location and characters and the polar bear! Full review coming to storgy soon...
Rym Kechacha
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! There was something cold and mysterious at its heart, just like the polar landscape it conveyed. The atmosphere is so tense and menacing, I was gripped all the way through. The way that the author moves through time is so well handled and the writing is fluid and evocative of places on earth I have never been, or don't exist (yet). Highly recommended.
Jeremy Hornik
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Grim pre- and post-apocalyptic story of a woman engineer trying to get by, first as a programmer on a dodgy arctic survey, and then as a survivor of an ongoing global collapse. Are they related? More scifi than horror, and more actual novel than either. Particularly good on flavors of male antisocial geekdom, with three or more strains well characterized.
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I'm a short story writer and novelist and live in my native Edinburgh.

Nothing is Heavy, my first novel was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2013.

My first collection of short stories, The Way Out was published by Freight Books and was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2015, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015, and the
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