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Preview — Sun at Midnight by Rosie Thomas. Sun at Midnight by Rosie Thomas. An epic love story and adventure set against the stunning backdrop of Antarctica. Alice Peel is a geologist. She believes in observation and proof. But now she stands alone on the deck of a rickety Chilean ship as a stark landscape reveals itself.
Instead of the familiar measurable world, everything that lies ahead of her is unknown and unpredictable. Six weeks earlier her l An epic love story and adventure set against the stunning backdrop of Antarctica.
Six weeks earlier her life was comfortably unfolding in an Oxford summer. Then, with her relationship suddenly in pieces, she accepted an invitation to join a group working at the end of the earth: Antarctica. James Rooker is a man on the run. He's been running since his childhood in New Zealand. Now, there is nowhere further to go. He has taken a job working on the same small Antarctic research station. Alice discovers an ice-blue and silver world, lit by sunlight.
Nothing has prepared her for the beauty of it, or the claustrophobia of a tiny base shared with eight men and one other woman.
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The isolation wipes out everyone's past, and tension crackles in the air. But there is a jolt of recognition between Alice and Rooker that is like nothing she has ever known. And it is in Antartica that she discovers something else that will change her life forever … if she survives. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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More filters. Sort order. Shelves: postal-book-group , fiction. I'd never read or even heard of Rosie Thomas before this. I really enjoyed this escapist read; I got so absorbed in the parts set in Antarctica that at one point I complained that the room was cold even though I was curled up on the sofa next to a blazing fire! Rosie Thomas is so good at conveying a sense of place, and I liked the fact that it was clear that she had been spellbound by Antarctica, Alice's feelings about it a reflection of hers.
I also liked her set of characters and the claustrop I'd never read or even heard of Rosie Thomas before this. I also liked her set of characters and the claustrophobic tension on the Antarctic base. All the characters seemed like real individuals, the sort you think about after you've finished the book, wondering what they are doing now. The central idea of Alice living through an extreme experience that transforms her outlook on life appealed to me too.
Of course there are parts that are a bit implausible, but I thought she did a good job of making Alice's behaviour and reactions completely believable. In many ways she reminds me of Maggie O'Farrell , who is also so good at conveying strong emotion. I'd have given it four stars if it hadn't been for the last two chapters, which seemed to have been written with a Hollywood film deal in mind.
Alice and Rook really deserved something better and more real than this. Nevertheless I enjoyed the rest so much I'd certainly read another book by her. Perfect holiday reading. May 31, Jessica Howard rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , The airport scenes seemed anachronistic.
Apparently this was published in the U. But the romance was nice, if a bit unbelievable, and the Antarctic setting was super awesome. View 2 comments.rantisazet.tk
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May 15, Barbara Elsborg rated it liked it. I liked this mostly for the descriptions of Antarctica. I really did get a feel for how difficult it must be to exist out there. Interesting dynamics between the characters but I wish, wish, wish there had been more between Rooker and Alice. It all seemed crammed into the last part which was very exciting, but not enough for me. I wanted more passion. Though I do understand that it wasn't possible at that point - not going to give anything away here - but earlier it might have been.
Overall, it I liked this mostly for the descriptions of Antarctica.
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Overall, it was a light read while I lay in the sunshine, feeling rather glad I wasn't at the somewhat chillier south pole. Feb 03, LindyLouMac rated it it was amazing. Rosie Thomas is not only an author but a keen traveller and mountaineer which has provided her with excellent and well researched material for her novels.
To research the Antarctic background for Sun at Midnight Rosie spent a month living with the scientists on a Bulgarian research station on Livingstone Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula. I am a long time fan of her writing although I still have to catch up with her most recent novels. With Sun at Midnight I was immediately engrossed in this ad Rosie Thomas is not only an author but a keen traveller and mountaineer which has provided her with excellent and well researched material for her novels.
With Sun at Midnight I was immediately engrossed in this adventure and love story that is set in Antarctica and gave me a rare glimpse of an amazing world. The author's personal research pays off as it shows in her writing as I really felt transported to the location from page one. In fact to quote from her website ' she believes that her travelling and writing are interdependent, and that one informs and enables the other.
The theme is a familiar one for Rosie Thomas that of love and loss but it works as it is the stronger background settings that for me personally make her novels so readable. The female protagonist is Alice Peel a geologist and daughter of a famous scientist who had worked in Antartica. It is due to her mothers failing health that Alice is herself given the opportunity to take part in a research programme herself.
In sharp contrast to her normal life in Oxford she finds herself on-board a ship in a desolate landscape about to enter the realm of the unknown and unpredictable. Nothing has prepared Alice for the stark beauty of this place or for the realities of living in close confinement with a small group of people, just one other woman besides herself. It is with James Rooker, a man on the run his entire life and another member of the expedition, that she finds she has a spark with, like she has never felt with anyone before.
The characters are all realistic with well portrayed personalities. As the claustrophobic tension builds amongst the people living and working together in this isolated research station, it is the present moment and survival that matters most. Their behaviour and reactions to the environment and situations they find themselves in may be a little implausible, it is their personal reactions that are more believable. Alice discovers something about herself in Antarctica that may change her life for ever if she survives the experience.
Whilst saying that the human reactions were more believable, it does not mean you will necessarily agree with them, but I think you will understand them. I recommend Rosie Thomas to women that are looking for more than romance in their reading. She is a writer whose style of writing is now appealing to a new generation of young women as well as those of us that have been reading her novels since the early eighties. View all 4 comments. Muso Soseki ; W. Merwin ; Soiku Shigematsu. Publisher: North Point Pr , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.
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