Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Matthew Reilly - Ice Station

This has got to be one of the craziest stories I've ever read -- psychotic killer whales; mutant giant elephant seals; death-defying scenarios (swimming with icebergs included!); and a whole tangle of conspiracy plots, with one insane battle after the other. And of course, the protagonist, Shane 'Scarecrow' Schofield (that really should be Superman instead), survives all this with barely a scratch. Okay, so he ended up with more than just scratches, but with everything going on in this book, he should have died a million times! That said, this was a highly entertaining read and despite the incredulous storyline, I really enjoyed it. The book reads like a movie and I was just racing through it, trying to keep up with the action. In fact, there were times where I had to slow down because I was flipping pages so quickly to find out what happened next that I wasn't digesting the words properly. It could get confusing at times when people were running from place to place in the ice station (I didn't think the little diagrams at the beginning of the book were of much help) but ultimately, it doesn't matter. It's all about the action -- whether it's on C-deck or in a drilling room -- and it never lets up. This was definitely very blokey and testosterone-filled but even as a female reader, I still enjoyed this crazy ride of an action adventure tale. Sign me up for the next Scarecrow expedition!