Thursday, December 3, 2015

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner - ADVISABLE

Tanner, Lian Icebreaker, 291 pages. Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan), 2015.  $17.  Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

For 300 years, the Oyster has been following the same route in the icy parts of the southern oceans, gradually losing sight of their original mission and breaking into warring factions.  Petrel is an outcast from every group, lurking in the hidden corners and barely eeking out an existence.  Then she spies a boy, stranded on an iceberg and forces the ship to stop and rescue him.  Her altruistic actions will bring the current standstills on the boat - between factions and related to their true mission - to a boiling head, revealing traitors and plots in their midst.

The setting and the plot seem like they might make for a slow read, but Tanner moves plots and subplots along swiftly and retains reader interest.  I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I became engrossed and involved in the characters and their challenges and was sad to reach the end.  Though, I am pretty sure there is another book or two to come.

MS - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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