TITLE & AUTHOR: The Ice People by Maggie Gee
PUBLISHED: 31 December 1998
SOURCE: Digital Library Book
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
It’s the middle of the twenty-first century, and the next Ice Age has suddenly sent global warming into reverse. Saul is one of the Ice People, the threatened peoples of the northern hemisphere, who, watching their world freeze over, try to move south towards the equator…
I, Saul, Teller of Tales, Keeper of Doves, Slayer of Wolves, shall tell the story of my times. Of the best of days, and the end of days. Of the new white world that has come upon us. For whoever will read it. For whoever can read.
WHAT I THOUGHT
The Ice People took a while to get going but once it did I couldn’t stop reading. The novel reminded me of The Road by Cormac McCarthy (which I loved) at times when Saul, his son Luke and Briony are trying to find somewhere to live. The characters are very well-written, interesting and very real. I hated Saul at times which shows how human he was. The novel really picks up the pace when Saul, Luke and Briony are on the road. In one disturbing scene that made me shiver, the trio have taken refuge in a seemingly abandoned house only to be interrupted when they owner and their friend’s return. Luke seems to be charming these potentially dangerous men by singing in his beautiful voice when they are attacked by mutated creatures. The trio flee while the others are slaughtered. The Ice People becomes quite dark towards the end. My heart was in my throat and I almost couldn’t bear to read what was happening. The Ice People is a very different style than most science fiction novels, more literary but completely engrossing.