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Publisher's Note:

In the city under the ice the cracks are starting to show. Lisanne has only ever wanted to fit in, to make her mother proud of her, to stay out of trouble. But to save her best friend she will have to expose the corruption within her city and venture to the one place she never wanted to go: outside. Kyrk is a Hunter, and he has lived all his life outside with his clan. When he comes across the strange girl from underground he realises that the White has one more secret left. Together Kyrk and Lisanne must stop a war and save the future of both their peoples.…

City Under Ice

by Te Olivant

Overall Book Review:

In a story of two parallel societies facing dire circumstances, our three main characters are each about seventeen-years-old.  Facing challenges that keep them apart for a time, they eventually cross paths and their worlds cartwheel.  Overcoming stereotypes and prejudices keeps our characters on their toes while having to choose to be the same as everybody else or to dare to be different and see others regardless of class, skill, or fur.  Lisanne, one of the main characters, is a strong female lead.  She is bold and brave.  Sometimes she’s petrified and reluctant to do the right thing but in the end, she resolutely chooses to be a leader.  Kyle has been thrown into adulthood before he would have chosen such a role.  Solemn and self-reliant, he is a born leader who passionately loves his family and his country.

Written in a journal format narrated by the main characters, the author, TE Olivant, has done an excellent job making the story flow seamlessly between worlds.  This surprising approach to a new world concept does not include evolution but rather changes done through science.  One part of civilization reminds me of the book The City of Ember by Jeanne DePrau and the other half is a version of Planet of the Apes in an ice world.  The pacing moves along naturally at a pleasant pace.  Having read the kindle version, it could use a bit of editing but nothing that would prevent the reader from enjoying the book.  The Into the White series contains two books and a novella.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  6 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  Brief mention of a mom having a C-section, brief details; a man committed suicide by going to a harsh place to die; parents murdered, no details; animals caught in extreme cold and died; man threatens another man with a knife; mother slaps daughter, brief details; herds of animals destroyed and left to rot, brief details; teen boy fights with a wild animal, kills it, some details; teen boy guts wild animal; fire burns down tents, threatens lives; fight between teen boy and man, knife, blood, no gory details; man beats up teen boy; fight between teen boy and man, broken bones; frostbite, stench of death; people attacked by other people; people shot and killed, brief details; teen girl attacked by man, knife, blood, death. 

Sex/Nudity:  Brief mention of sex & babies; brief mention of kisses behind a wall between 2 young teens; 2 women are mates; teen boy kisses teen girl; teen girl takes off her clothing and is naked, bathes, no details or descriptions.

Mature Subject Matter:

Social conflicts, class warfare, war, suicide, murder of parents, death of parents, weapons, orphans, siblings taken to orphanage, revolution, homosexuality (lesbians).

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Man drinks alcohol; teen boy drinks alcohol, drunkeness, hang over.

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About the Reviewer

Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)