Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Antarctic Book: Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I was out of the country last week. On my flight home I finally finished an Antarctic fiction book I started many months ago. Troubling a Star is a fictional account of a high school girl going on an Antarctic cruise. Along the way she receives warnings of politic trouble in the Antarctic and ends up an innocent person targeted as a threat to those with a political agenda on the cruise. From the beginning you know she ends up left on an iceberg because the book starts with her on an iceberg and then flashes back to the story of how she ended up there. Wanting to know how she got there and if and how she is rescued is what made me want to keep reading the book, however I will admit the first half of the book was slow reading. Once I got to the part where she was actually on her Antarctic cruise about half way through the book I found the book interesting and hard to put down. Thus overall I rate this is a good fictional book with a great description of the general aspects of an Antarctic cruise that I could recognize similarities with my own Antarctic cruise experience. The beginning does not exactly hook you into reading the book, but in the end retrospectively looking back at the first half of the book the background provided is what makes the book all the more interesting in the outcome.

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