Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review: Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton

Freezing Point
Release Date: September 13, 2018
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Genre: Apocalyptic
Review Copy Source: NetGalley

In the dawn of a new Ice Age, families everywhere are taking to the road to escape the frigid landscape—but you can’t outrun the cold.

No one could have predicted the terrifying impact of human interference in the Arctic. Shifts in the Earth's crust have led to catastrophe and now the North Pole is located in the mid-Atlantic, making much of the eastern United States an unlivable polar hellscape.

Nathan Tolley is a talented mechanic who has watched his business dry up due to gas shortages following the drastic tectonic shifts. His wife Cyndi has diligently prepped food and supplies, but it’s not enough to get them through a never-ending winter. With an asthmatic young son and a new baby on the way, they’ll have to find a safe place they can call home or risk freezing to death in this harsh new world.

When an old friend of Nathan’s tells him that Detroit has become a paradise, with greenhouses full of food and plenty of solar energy for everyone, it sounds like the perfect place to escape. But with dangerous conditions and roving gangs, getting there seems like an impossible dream. It also seems like their only choice.

I REALLY wanted to love FREEZING POINT and I started off enjoying it, but there were a few things that threw the story off or me.

What I liked:
- I really enjoyed the concept of the book. The world going through an ice age type weather event could happen someday and it was easy to understand.
- There was a lot of action. There was a fight/danger at every turn.

What I didn't like:
- Nathan was way too trusting and naive. It seemed like every turn brought bad decisions on his part that put his family in more danger.
- I really despised the fact that practically every male the group came in contact with wanted to use the wife as a broodmare. This theme wasn't the only repetitive thing that happened in FREEZING POINT.
- A majority of the characters annoyed me in one way or another.

I most likely won't read more, but I didn't totally hate reading FREEZING POINT.

I gave it 2.5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.