So another book set in a cold climate. This time the book, Ice Rift by Ben Hammond is set in the most cold and challenging climate – Antarctica. The book is described as “an action adventure survival horror set in Antarctica”, which is actually a pretty good description. A group of scientists set out on a research trip. Asked to look at an unusual ice rift for NASA, bad weather drives the team into the rift and deeper into something wholly unexpected.
Ice Rift spends a significant amount of time describing exactly every little thing the group encounters. I like detail in my books because it usually adds a layer of reality. in Ice Rift, however, the details becomes overwhelming at points. In fact, the middle part of the book that takes place whilst the team explores could be significantly shorter and less confusing if the level of detail was dialled back a little.
Because the book mainly deals with the action that is taking place, I didn’t get a good feel for some of the characters. The author added a burgeoning romance between two of the characters. Much of this was set up by one of the prologues. Talk about prologues! Ice Rift has three. This felt a little excessive, and made the book feel a little clunky. I wish the author had used another tool to convey the information held in at least one of the prologues.
Ice Rift itself, is well written. The author has taken care to create a huge story set in a relatively short timescale. It is definitely more action than horror, it’s just set in a more unusual location. I would also suggest that it is a book that needs to read regularly. If you were to read the book sporadically I think that you would find yourself having to flick back through to understand what was going on. A well thought out plot, really enjoyable in places. 3 stars.
****Disclaimer – Thank you to Ben Hammott for providing me with a copy of Ice Rift in exchange for my honest review. This is my honest review and all opinion expressed are my own****
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