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This story teaches you what to do in an epic emergency. And what not to as well. The world building is strong enough to give you frostbite. And the characters are frosty. Except for the odd one that’s too hot! Nathan is turning out to be a curmudgeon. A very worthwhile novel if you’re into chill.
Not a bad entry in the "Post-Apocalypse Journey" genre. Here, the apocalypse is Super-Winter in the northeast USA due to fast climate change and a shift in the polar axis. Not a lot of effort is made to explain the causes. Just as well. Saves a lot of pseudo-science and techno-babble that wouldn't convince many readers anyway. The story is about the survivors, their decisions, and their journey. This is not great literature, and there are some errors of fact and writing. But I found the story pretty compelling. Some of the characters and the action are a bit over the top, but that's kind of expected in this genre. I'm interested in how characters in this kind of story make their decisions. Trying to make plans in critical situations, with a lot of different considerations and little reliable information, is really challenging. Especially with health and injury problems. Whether to stay home or go, where to go, how to travel, balancing risks and rewards, are all interesting decisions. I can't really judge characters decisions too easily, as I'm not sure what I would do in such situations. I was able to connect with several of the characters, and that makes this a good read for me.
Nathan Tolley and his wife, Cyndi live with their son in Glen Falls, New York. Nathan is a mechanic and tow truck driver like his father before him.
The world hasn't been the same since the Earth's crust shifted eight years ago and now the North pole is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, throwing a good portion of Canada, the U.S. and Europe into perpetual winter, so bad it might even be an extinction event.
The weather and raiders cause Nathan, his pregnant wife, son and a family friend heading away from Glen Falls towards DETROIT! Yep, that Detroit. A friend of Nathan's told him that Detroit was prepared for the constant winter and after much encouragement from his wife, the group heads to Detroit. Along the way they pick up a motley crew of survivors that travels with them.
First of all, I couldn't stand Nathan's character. His wife is a strong character but he is an indecisive, gutless wonder. Yes, he did start to grow a backbone as the story progressed but still wasn't a favorite of mine.
I liked many of the side characters and the descriptions of the cold and frozen countryside had me putting on a sweatshirt. Brrr...
The book WAS good enough that I am now off to read the second book in the series KILLING FROST.
Oene of the hallmarks of a great apocalyptic/sci fi story is that the author constructs a new set of natural laws from the outset (i.e. how fast the zombies move, etc.) and then adhere to them just as we adhere to the laws of physics in our daily lives. This story began with an interesting set of characters and a better than average premise but the author then strayed from the essential rules she laid out at the start. Still an engaging narrative if not entirely logical in a scifi sense.
Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton is book one in the After the Shift Series. The "shift" refers to a shift in the axis tilt of the earth causing the "north pole" to be located in the Mid-Atlantic. During this "shift", the tectonic plates were disrupted causing earthquakes and volcanos all over the planet. We join the action at some point (months? years?) after the shift. We meet our protagonist Nathan and his family living in their hometown in New York during the extended, hard winter resulting from the new axis tilt. Havoc has already begun as society is falling apart and the family is having to make the choice to stay put in their hometown or relocate to a place with a possibly better climate and more structure. The science behind what caused this cataclysm isn't explained, at least not in the first 30% of the book, making it difficult for the reader to feel like they have a grasp of what is going on. The living conditions don't seem to match the magnitude of the apocalyptic event that has occurred. The writing is clunky and amateurish. I liked the premise of this apocalyptic tale, I just wanted to read more about what caused it and exactly what happened. Much of the excitement of a post-apocalyptic book is experiencing the actual event. Again, maybe that comes later. I wasn't interested enough to continue and find out.
I thought this book was very well written. I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can continue reading! Every time I would start to put the book down I was hooked again....was up late that night! Please keep up the good work and continue writing your addictive books!!
Freezing Point was a great read. I find myself waiting for each new book of Grace Hamilton’s to come out. The wait was worth with this one. I enjoyed the journey as a ragtag crew traveled the cold highway in search of a safety as society deteriorates.